Earlier this week, Activision officially unveiled Call of Duty: WW2, taking the venerable FPS series back to its roots, and giving fans the historical warfare they have campaigned for. Although we're still very much in the honeymoon period of the reveal, it seems that the decision has been well-received.
As it stands, the Call of Duty: WW2 reveal trailer has amassed over 700,000 likes on YouTube. This is a rather remarkable turnaround, given the overwhelming backlash to the Infinite Warfare trailer that the publisher released this time last year.
The trailer for Infinite Warfare was liked by over 500,000 YouTube users — but it was disliked by more than 3.5 million. The ill-feeling among fans regarding the direction of the franchise was so pronounced that Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg felt the need to comment on the situation in a subsequent earnings call.
Fans felt the need to speak their mind, making it quite clear that futuristic combat didn't match their idea of what Call of Duty should be. However, despite widespread complaints, Infinite Warfare was met with a positive response from critics, and went on to become the highest-grossing game of 2016 in the United States.
Call of Duty is a juggernaut, and whether or not Infinite Warfare managed to avoid disaster, Activision is eager to keep the franchise's fanbase happy. In many ways, WW2 is a much less risky proposition than its futuristic predecessor — and based on this early response from players, the new direction seems to be paying off.
Call of Duty: WW2 will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 3, 2017.