After weeks of leaks and speculation, Activision has officially announced the next entry in the Call of Duty series: World War II.
As the title suggests, the game will adopt a historical setting for the first time since since 2010’s Black Ops, and will be the first return to a World War 2 setting since 2008’s World at War, both of which were developed by Treyarch. Unlike those titles, however, Call of Duty: World War II is in development at Sledgehammer Games, taking point once more after helming 2014’s Advanced Warfare.
Besides the setting, Activision has not released any details of the game, but is promising a full reveal at a special event on April 26.
The return to a historical setting is unsurprising after the backlash to more recent entries in the series. Given that the Call of Duty series runs on a triennial development cycle, the new setting is unlikely to be a knee-jerk reaction to that reception. Indeed, earlier this year, Activision’s CEO Eric Hirshberg insisted that the series would “return to its roots” for 2017’s entry.
Sledgehammer Games was founded in 2011, first helping Infinity Ward on Modern Warfare 3 before gaining custodianship of its own entries. Before that, the founders, Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield, were among the lead development staff of Visceral Games’s revolutionary horror title, Dead Space.
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