The next game in Activision's long-running Call of Duty series will be titled "Call of Duty: WW2", according to reports.
The game will be produced by Sledgehammer Games, one of three studios Activision uses to create Call of Duty, sources have confirmed to Eurogamer. The other studios, Treyarch and Infinity Ward, produced the two most recent CoD titles: Black Ops 3 and Infinite Warfare.
Each studio keeps to a three-year development cycle in order to produce annual installments.
Sledgehammer Games' last entry in the series was CoD: Advanced Warfare back in 2014. Since then the series increasingly drifted into the realm of science fiction – a decision which has received a mixed response from fans, especially in the case of last year's Infinite Warfare.
Hauling the game back into the 20th Century would be a return to the series' roots, which began back in 2003 with the WW2-themed Call of Duty.
Moving backwards in time would probably result in the removal of features like jetpacks and wall-running, as well as some of Infinite Warfare's more outlandish special abilities.
The pitch shift could be a wise move for Activision. It's clear that the appetite for real-world conflicts in shooters is still strong, as shown by the titanic sales of EA's World War I-themed Battlefield 1 last year.
We've reached out to Activision for comment.
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