Activision on Friday announced the next entry in the long-running Call of Duty first-person shooter franchise. Call of Duty: WWII from developer Sledgehammer Games will, as the name suggests, return the series to its World War II roots (the original from 2003 was also set during the second World War).
Details are scarce at this hour although Activision has scheduled a full reveal complete with livestream for April 26 (next Wednesday) at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern).
Sledgehammer Games, Infinity Ward and Treyarch all alternate development of Call of Duty titles on a three-year cycle. Sledgehammer was responsible for Modern Warfare 3 in 2011, Advanced Warfare in 2014 and now, WWII.
Neither Activision nor Sledgehammer has yet set a launch date for CoD: WWII although historically, games in the franchise have launched in November in time for the holiday shopping season.
Last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which pushed the series further into the future, simply didn’t resonate with gamers the way earlier titles had. EA found success going back to its roots with Battlefield 1 and it’s clear that Activision is hoping to do the same with CoD this year.
Then again, it’s possible that CoD has simply run its course and fatigue is setting in. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see what Activision brings to the table next week in a bid to save the series.