It seems that the rumours were true, Call of Duty is heading back to World War 2 later in this year.
Following on from leaks on Twitter in March, publisher Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games have officially revealed that the game will be released later in the year.
This is the first in the series to be launched set in WW2 since the 2008’s World at War game, IGN reported.
A “Worldwide Reveal” has been scheduled for 26 April with the first trailer expected to be released at the same the same time.
Promotional artwork and prospective box art which was part of the Twitter leak in March, seem to confirm the series would be “going back to its roots” as Activision’s Eric Hishberg described it when the company appealed for investors back in February.
It was reported that the company decided to return to historical conflict after last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare didn’t have the same success as the previous year’s Black Ops 3.
It seems that the decision however must have been made long before the release of Infinite Warfare as the games have a three-year development cycle.
Each of the games between 2002, when the series was first launched, and 2006 were set in WW2. It was only 2007’s call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare that saw the game move into “contemporary times” when the game’s popularity soared and set the template for future games.
In the years since, the series has gradually grown more futuristic. With Infinite Warfare the action moved off the surface of Earth, and with that the series appeared to lose a little of what made it successful in the first place.