After spending several years in the future, the Call of Duty franchise is heading back to the past with Call of Duty: WWII.
Activision announced on Friday that a full unveiling of the latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise will go down on Wednesday, April 26 at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern. The only thing even remotely confirmed at this juncture is that the setting is during World War II and that Sledgehammer is the studio for this year’s entry.
Is this what the franchise needs?
By no means is the Call of Duty franchise in danger of ending. Even during its down years, it remains one of the top-selling games of the year, but it’s clear the past few years having been spent on future warfare has not been as successful as perhaps Activision would hope.
Perhaps with even a basic grounding in history, and numerous theaters of engagement to pull from, the Call of Duty series can hope to regain some folks who have deserted it over the past few years. You could also say potentially that perhaps it is time for CoD to take a break for a year or two. Ubisoft seems to have thought that was a cure for what was ailing the Assassin’s Creed series, and perhaps there is something to be learned there.
We’ll have more info on Call of Duty: WWII following the announcement next week.