The largest First Person Shooter (FPS) franchise in the market, Call of Duty seems to be revisiting its roots following in closely after Electronic Art’s Battlefield 1 which saw record sales and positive critical reception worldwide. Call of Duty World War II is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, a studio under the Activision umbrella that has also been credited with the highly successful Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare line.
Beside the poster, there is little information from Activision regarding the next instalment of the Call of Duty franchise, but a countdown timer on the Call of Duty website indicates a worldwide reveal in a little less than 5 days from now, on April 26th. The reveal will be part of a livestream which will also feature Sledgehammer Games co-studio heads and founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield.
The general feeling one gets when considering Activision’s move to head towards the roots of its Call of Duty franchise is somewhat twofold: after the recent criticism and relatively poor reception of the incumbent instalment of the Call of Duty line-up, Activision might want to revert back to its tried-and tested formula of boots-on-the-ground style shooters Call of Duty Infinite Warfare racked up a surprising amount of dislikes on YouTube and became the second-most disliked video on the video network for all time. Another reason would be the fact that it was considerably bested by EA’s Battlefield 1 game which became a large favourite for FPS gamers in general and also beat its rival as the best E3 Action game at the 2016 Game Critics Awards.
Before the livestream airs the coming Wednesday, we have precious little information at hand from Sledgehammer regarding the Call of Duty: World War II title, but early response from gamers and critics has been positive and with the nostalgia factoring in, something that also caused Call of Duty’s Infinite Warfare legacy edition to be such a large success, Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty Franchise is easily poised to succeed in its goal to become the de facto FPS experience this holiday season.