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It's looking more and more likely that the long-running Call of Duty series will be going old-school in its next installment, with some recently leaked images pointing to the possibility that the series will soon return to the battlegrounds of World War II.
It's a pretty well-known fact that the most recent Call of Duty, Infinite Warfare, wasn't exactly a fan favorite. It received tons of flak for its future setting from the day the game's reveal trailer launched. It didn't matter if it was good or not, fans were clearly tired of robotic upgrades guns that go pew-pew rather than bang-bang.
Last week, Youtube channel TheFamilyVideo Games reported they had received a number of images tied to the next installment of the Call of Duty series, which appears to be called, quite simply, Call of Duty: World War II.
In the 14-minute video, the crew discusses the recent history of Call of Duty, pointing out that Infinite Warfare performed below expectations. After that, they roll out the footage of images they received, along with a letter from an anonymous source explaining that this would be the new direction for the next game. The images look like what you would expect to see hanging in the window at GameStop, as well as potential designs for a steelbook case that very clearly show soldiers storming the beach at Normandy, one of the most iconic encounters of WWII.
There's actually a second steelbook design that shows soldiers charging into battle, seen from behind. Again, this all points to concept art for determining which design to go with or, as the video points out, perhaps there will be multiple steelbook versions of the game available at different retailers or with different content.
We know that Sledgehammer Games is up to bat on this year's Call of Duty, so it looks pretty likely that they'll be taking us back to World War II. This just goes to show how cyclical the trends can be. Almost every shooter was set during WWII for a while, then people started begging for something else. Modern Warfare got things rolling in a new direction but, all these years later, people have now been screaming for a return to the trenches of classic encounters.
We're not entirely convinced the recent success of Battlefield 1 had anything to do with this move. If Call of Duty: World War II is indeed coming out this year, the team would have had to have been working on it long before the success of Battlefield 1 was known. We'll be interested to hear the actual development story once the game is officially announced, assuming this isn't just a well-orchestrated hoax.