Great news Call of Duty fans! Earlier today, Activision announced that the next game in the first-player shooter series will be set during World War II and the company is set to reveal the game and its release date on April 26.
In a brief announcement, Activision revealed that Sledgehammer Games has developed Call of Duty: WWII, and it will be fully revealed during Wednesday’s live stream.
Apart from the announcement, the company officially released a promotional image, which has already been shared online more than a thousand times.
Sledehammer was formed in 2009 by former members of Visceral Games, best known for creating Dead Space. The company had earlier contributed to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
The Call of Duty series began as a PC exclusive and later expanded to consoles and handhelds. The earlier games in the series are set primarily in World War II, including Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty 3. The game took a modern take on the story line after it featured Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which is set in modern times. Ever since then, the series has been shifted from World War II to modern days.
Following the success of Modern Warfare, which was released in November 2007, Activision released World at War and Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops and Black Ops 2, and Modern Warfare 3, which takes place in the near-future.
The most recent game in the series was Call of Duty: Infinity Warfare, which was released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 4, 2016. The game’s campaign is centered around a battle for the Solar System, which the Settlement Defense Front (SDF) is attempting to take over. The player takes control of Captain Nick Reyes of the Special Combat Air Recon (SCAR).
Upon the release of Infinity Warfare, many critics and gamers criticized the game for being too modernistic and not allowing the players the freedom that usually came from the Call of Duty games. In response to the criticism, Activision’s CEO, Eric Hirshberg, revealed in a statement that their previous game, Call of Duty: Black Ops II was also criticized by many but, as it turned out, the game become the best-selling Call of Duty game.
“There are people in our community who are nostalgic for the boots-on-the-ground-style gameplay… [but]… we also have millions of people in our community who want to have new innovative experiences in the game each year and Infinite Warfare is going to deliver that.”
After Infinity Warfare, fans of Call of Duty started to post online that Battlefield is a better series than COD. After the disappointment, many gamers stated that the only way to bring back the followers is if the new game in the COD series will be again set on the grounds and will completely avoid using jetpacks or space fights.
During last year’s investor’s call, Activision’s COO, Thomas Tipple, said that the COD community and Sledgehammer Games will take a back-to-basics approach with their Call of Duty 2017 game.
“Traditional combat will once again take center stage,” he added.
Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey also expressed his desire to include the World War 2 era in the future COD games.
“A next generation game with the latest production values and robustness in a World War 2 setting like Band of Brothers would be amazing,” he said.
As of this writing, the official release date of Call of Duty: World War II has still not been revealed. Gamers from around the world have to wait until Wednesday to get the first look of the highly-anticipated game in the COD series.
Keep checking back for more updates on Call of Duty: World War II.
[Featured Image by Activision]