There’s been an overwhelming number of leaks lately seeming to confirm Call of Duty: WW2 is very much a thing, as Activision looks to take the series back to its historical roots. I would hazard a guess Activision threw more than a passing glance over Battlefield 1’s way, hitting the reset button on its bestselling shooter franchise that had kind of reached its theoretical limit when we were fighting on one of Jupiter’s moons. We should know for sure soon though, with the official Call of Duty: WWII reveal expected to take place at some point this very weekend.
A number of industry insiders have shared knowledge pointing to a Call of Duty: WW2 reveal, including Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, leaker of both Destiny 2 and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. The timeline fits a well, with past Call of Duty titles getting revealed in late April / early May.
The reveal will reportedly be coming via IGN first, and it’s looking as if there will be a full gameplay demonstration. The thrust of Call of Duty: WW2 appears to about going back to where it all began - boots on the ground combat during historic theatres of war. It’s out with the jetpacks and powerslides, and in with the M1 Garand, Bangalores and the PPSH (drool).
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will be working on this one, and it’s easy to see why Activision decided to go down this route. Despite Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare being the bestselling game of 2016, it only managed to sell half as much as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 the year prior. Interest in modern and future warfare is waning, and a World War 2 theme could be the kickstart Call of Duty needs to lure back fans outside the diehards who pick COD up year in, year out regardless.
It's going to be fascinating to see how this one pans out. Will Sledgehammer just paint a WW2 skin over the current Call of Duty package? Or will we see a return to the more stripped down gun-play of Call of Duty and Call of Duty 2? We can't wait to find out.