Activision has announced that the next entry in the Call of Duty series will be Call of Duty: WWII. It is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, the studio that produced Modern Warfare 3 and Advanced Warfare. Previous marketing leaks had led to believing that the series was returning to this era, and it is a welcome change from the futuristic sci-fi style of the previous entry. The following image is one of the main leaks that had occurred, which hinted at the actual title.
After the response from Infinite Warfare, Activision had expressed interest in bringing the series “back to its roots”, which led to many rumors of a World War II era game being next. As CEO Eric Hirshberg has said during an earnings call in February, “Infinite Warfare had a ton of great gameplay innovations, but it also had a setting that didn’t appeal to all of our fans.”
Activision posted a blog here that dives into the history of Call of Duty as it pertains to the WWII era. The blog opens with the following:
“The original Call of Duty was released back in 2003, set in the middle of the most brutal conflict in human history. The debut game spawned one of the most popular franchises in history, which has taken players across multiple theaters and through different eras, and today we are proud to announce that Call of Duty is returning to its World War II roots with Call of Duty: WWII”
The blog goes into some good details on the previous Call of Duty games taking place during the World War II era.