If the lukewarm reception to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is any indication, Call of Duty fans are ready for the series to ditch its science-fiction trappings and get back to its roots. Well, concept art shared by YouTuber TheFamilyVideoGamers seems to suggest that the next entry in the series will do just that, bringing the franchise back to World War 2 as Call of Duty: WW2.
Before fans get too excited that Call of Duty: WW2 is real, it's worth noting that there is nothing that confirms this concept art to be legitimate. For all we know, the art is the work of a fan, and is no indication of what Sledgehammer Games is creating for the 2017 Call of Duty game at all. However, if the artwork is real, it reveals some key information about the game.
If we assume the artwork is real, it reveals that the 2017 Call of Duty game is titled Call of Duty: WW2. If this title is accurate, it contradicts previous reports that the next Call of Duty game was going to be released as Call of Duty: Lethal Combat or Call of Duty: Stronghold. Those rumored titles were first seen four months ago, so if this concept art is real, it appears as though Sledgehammer and Activision have decided to focus its marketing on the new game's supposed World War 2 setting.
Something else the concept art reveals is that the new game will apparently have a level set during the D-Day invasion. Numerous World War 2 video games and movies have depicted the horrors of D-Day in the past, but the deadly Normany landings haven't been seen much on modern video game consoles. With the massive budget each Call of Duty game enjoys, Call of Duty: WW2 could potentially deliver the most realistic take on D-Day in a video game to date.
Of course, that all rides on whether this artwork is real or if it's been faked to create some buzz on the Internet. Thanks to the franchise's annual release schedule, we won't have to wait too much longer to find out whether or not Call of Duty: WW2 is the real deal. Typically, Activision announces details on the next Call of Duty game by E3 every year, so expect these rumors to be confirmed or denied within the next few months.
Call of Duty: WW2 is rumored to be in development for unspecified platforms.