Over the last 48 hours various unconfirmed reports and leaked images have been appearing about CoD 2017. The images show the next Call of Duty title to be called Call of Duty WWII with various art work and cover designs. Since then Eurogamer and IGN have both confirmed Call Of Duty®: World War II is the official title.
CoD WWII Title
The new title of “Call of Duty: World War II” makes a lot of sense and ties in with previous hints and information. Michael Condrey (CEO of Sledgehammer Games) previously stated CoD 2017 would feature “boots on the ground”. Back in E3 2015 Activision also stated that a World War 2 shooter comeback was “certainly possible”.
Back in April 2016, a screenshot of Michael Condrey’s Twitter bio also revealed a clue; “Studio Head & Co-Founder, MP Director @SHGames – Call of Duty MW3, AW & ####”. The #### now ties in with WWII which has specifically been shown using the roman numerals and not the number 2 in the leaked artwork.
Boots on the ground
After 3 years of futuristic jetpack style fast-paced gameplay Activision has listened to player feedback and gone back to the roots of CoD. This is the first time Activision has gone back this far in history since World at War released in 2008.
Initial feedback since the leak on Twitter has been overwhelmingly better than previous years. To this day the Infinite Warfare reveal trailer has a staggering 3.5million thumbs down, much to do with the setting and era of the game. With a World War II game it should be much easier to create an authentic experience, without overpowered mechanics and relate to a much bigger audience.
We’ve known for a while that COD 2017 would feature boots on the ground due to various official tweets, however this really is taking it back a step further.
Why it isn’t copying Battlefield 1
Many users feel Activision have seen the success of Battlefield 1 going back in time and have jumped on the bandwagon. There are various reasons why this isn’t the case:
- Each Call of Duty title has a 3 year development cycle, Sledgehammer Games would have started working on this all the way back in 2014 and certainly wouldn’t have had the time to change course once BF1 was released.
- Battlefield 1 is actually based on World War 1.
- Battlefield and Call of Duty are very different games. The mechanics and gameplay are very different; from the shooting, size of maps, speed of play and much more.
Why Call of Duty WWII will be a success
Going back in time to World War 2 is a period everyone can relate to. Not just gamers, but also viewers meaning this may just give CoD eSports a very timely boost.
- Maps can be based on real life recognizable locations. With 4k resolution on PS4 pro and PC, this could be more beneficial for a game in the past rather than the future.
- Weapons are more well-known and can be based on real life mechanics.
- We haven’t had a good World War 2 COD game in a very long time, there is going to be a huge difference between 2008 and 2017. The hardware and capabilities have vastly improved.
- Gaming INTEL have run various poles over the past 24 months and all the votes were dominated with settings in the past. The most popular were the Vietnam era and World War II.
The success will ultimately depend on how well Sledgehammer Games can make this. Their last CoD (Advanced Warfare) wasn’t very popular, but the era it was set in certainly gave them a handicap. Learning from mistakes and having a shot at a much different era could make this a huge success for 2017.
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By Stephen Cotton