The Call of Duty franchise released its first entry in 2003 and gained great success. It soon became a phenomenon within the gaming industry, revolutionizing the first person shooter genre with legendary entries like Call of Duty 2, the Modern Warfare franchise and the Black Ops franchise.
However, in the past few years, it has fallen from grace and many are disappointed with same repetitive gameplay and story elements and rehashed segments. The franchised moved to more fictional futuristic settings and gameplay mechanics leaving many fans with a non-satisfying experience and the nostalgic longing for the golden days of the franchise.
2016’s “Infinite Warfare” was an all-time low in terms of popularity for a Call of Duty. Even the developers realized this and to make up for it are moving to the roots of the franchise. In 2017, Call of Duty is rumored to go back to the World War II era with gruesome gameplay and the feel of the old days of CoD.
These speculations were reinforced when marketing material, namely promotional images, was leaked onto a YouTube channel by an anonymous source that claimed to be someone close to the project. The images depict scenes from World War II, namely the Allied landings at the beach of Normandy, France in 1944.
For all anyone knows, this could just be the production company trying to get some hype for the upcoming game. It was noted by the publisher of Call of Duty, Activision, that futuristic themes simply don’t work well with most of its fan base and therefore the game will now be directed back to where it started.
The gameplay will now focus on conventional military combat. The primary opponent, Battlefield, went back to World War I in 2016’s “Battlefield 1” and did very well. Hopefully the same will be the case will Call of Duty.