Can you really blame Activision for Call of Duty: WW2, following the Infinite Warfare backlash?
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was not popular. Even Kit Harrington, that most famous of bastards, couldn’t raise the overall quality of the experience above a poorly-conceived corridor shooter in a wacky sci-fi setting.
In the Call of Duty release cycle, there are three Activision development studios – Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Studios – taking it in turns to dip into the rotation. That’s why we often see sequels rolled out on wonky cycles, which makes it seem like we jump about from Black Ops this and Modern that, and it sometimes feels a bit willy-nilly.
We’re not shocked, then, that it appears this year the series is following the example of Battlefield 1 – the absolute antithesis to Infinite Warfare’s nonsense on stilts – and going back to its World War 2 roots, for the first time since 2008.
In the age of online leaks, however, where video games is the leakiest of all the leaky boats, we’ve heard rumour of what the next Call of Duty game is going to be, and it won’t include any of that space-age mumbo jumbo: it’s going to be Call of Duty: WW2.
First, YouTube channel The Family Video Gamers showed logos and box art for Call of Duty: WW2. Then today, Eurogamer have had a source confirm that the leaked images do indeed relate to this year’s Call of Duty release, so that seems fairly conclusive.
Expect to see Call of Duty: WW2 released in autumn of this year – some time between late September and early November, most likely – with more information released when Activision is good and ready.