With our love of gaming nostalgia – and our collective fear of change – in full swing, Call of Duty is jumping on the backwards bandwagon.
The COD saga has proved a popular instalment in our consoles for over a decade and during that time the franchise has adapted the first-person shooter game model with accuracy and authenticity.
Their latest offering, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare did not reach the dizzying heights of Black Ops‘ success, however, and now Activision are harking back to the game’s gritty origins.
The franchise has developed through time – literally – initially set in the trenches of WW2 and most recently moving the combat sequences to outer-space, much to the disappointment of combat traditionalists.
Answering the loyal fans’ prayers, the software giant released a statement, saying:
In 2017, Activision will take Call of Duty back to its roots and traditional combat will once again take centre stage.
This is what our dedicated community of Call of Duty players and Sledgehammer Games, which has been developing this year’s title, are the most excited about.
Activision also alluded to the unpopularity of their latest intergalactic offering, adding:
It’s clear that, for a portion of our audience, the space setting just didn’t resonate.
We have a passionate, experienced studio deeply committed to this direction, and despite the risks we saw, we believe it is important to consider the passions of our game teams in deciding what content to create.
Meanwhile, rumours are wildly circulating speculation that the new Call of Duty game will be set in Vietnam, as Activision are taking up the mantle of the Modern Warfare arc.
Lock and load.