Activision is bringing back the Call of Duty franchise to its roots with the announcement of the next game in the series, Call of Duty: WWII.
Sledgehammer Games, the developer of the 2014 entry of the franchise Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, is the studio behind the upcoming title.
'Call Of Duty: WWII' Will Bring The Franchise Back To Its Roots
In February, Activision COO Thomas Tippl revealed that this year's release for the Call of Duty franchise will bring it "back to its roots."
The statement came after the admission that the latest installment in the series, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, underperformed compared to the publisher's expectations despite being a "high-quality, innovative game."
It was previously reported that sales for the first month of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is lower by 50 percent compared to the number of units sold by Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 during its first month.
One of the theories on the lackluster performance of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is that players are not in favor of the continued push on a futuristic theme for the franchise. This was evident on how the reveal trailer of the game became the second-most disliked YouTube video.
What We Know About 'Call Of Duty: WWII'
It was previously stated that the focus of the next Call of Duty game will be on traditional combat, and that it will strike a balance between keeping the series fresh through the addition of new features and returning the franchise to its roots by placing the game in a setting that fans will appreciate.
Activision seems to be doing just that with Call of Duty: WWII. It will be the first game in the series since Call of Duty: World at War, released in 2008, that will focus on World War II. Since then, the franchise has centered on other time periods, including the 1960s and futuristic scenarios.
An Amazon UK listing, meanwhile, revealed that the partnership between Sony and Activision will be in effect for Call of Duty: WWII. Gamers who will purchase the PlayStation 4 version of the upcoming game will gain access to map packs 30 days early compared to players on the Xbox One and PC.
Alleged leaked images of Call of Duty: WWII, which are now confirmed with Activision's announcement, hint that the focus of the game will be on the presence of the U.S. military in battles on the western European front. The images show U.S. soldiers seemingly storming France's Normandy beach, an event known as D-Day and one of the most infamous World War II operations. It is unclear whether Call of Duty: WWII will also feature other parts of the war.
Not much else is known about the game, but fortunately for excited gamers, the wait will not be long. The publisher announced that a worldwide reveal for Call of Duty: WWII will be livestreamed on April 26, at 10:00 a.m. PT. The countdown to the livestream is currently posted on the official website of the game.