After a tweet from Kotaku’s Jason Schreier just yesterday teasing the impending reveal of Activision and Sledgehammer Games’ shooter known as Call of Duty: WW2, the video game’s publisher and developer have gone ahead and confirmed the title’s existence by releasing its first piece of key art and by hosting a worldwide reveal livestream countdown on the franchise’s official website. According to the series’ website, the livestream will take place next week on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10:00 am PT and 1:00 pm ET.

The initial piece of artwork for the title depicts a soldier staring pensively at the viewer while clutching the chain of a dog tag in his hands, much like a penitent Catholic does with a set of Rosary beads during prayer, and if one looks closely enough at the subject’s eyes, they can see the reflection of a small platoon deploying onto what appears to be the beaches of Normandy. Other than the key art reveal and confirmation of Call of Duty: WW2, though, neither Activision nor Sledgehammer Games have unveiled further details.

Speculation about the Call of Duty franchise returning to World War II has been swirling for quite a while, as there have been numerous reports relating to developers taking the series back to where it all started. As a matter of fact, just recently, concept art came about as a part of a rumor from the YouTuber TheFamilyVideoGamers suggesting that the Second Great War would be the setting for the game.

Even earlier this year, Call of Duty publisher Activision intimated as much by hinting at its decision to turn back the hands of time on the series after putting out a litany of futuristic installments as of late, with the company having said that the franchise was to go “back to its roots.” This announcement was made during one of the firm’s financial briefings that discussed the fact that Infinite Warfare underperformed, as it “didn’t resonate” with a segment of the shooter series’ audience.

All things considered, even though Call of Duty fans will likely be ecstatic to learn that the franchise is stripping away all of the technologically advanced elements found in recent entries in favor of a more realistic experience, it’s important to temper one’s excitement by keeping objective eye on the matter, especially when it comes to a multinational conglomerate that’s seemingly attempting to profit off of nostalgia. That said, though, optimism for Call of Duty: WW2 is most certainly welcome, especially if the developer Sledgehammer Games is to capitalize on the era’s scope in an adroit and meaningful manner.

Call of Duty: WW2 currently lacks an official release date and has yet to be revealed for any platforms.

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