It’s looking like the 2017 installment of the Call of Duty franchise will be set during World War 2.
After major backlash over Infinite Warfare’s future setting, you’d expect this year’s CoD to be something radically different, especially since sales for the latest game were abysmal, or at least an attempt to return to the series’ origins. Which is what these leaked images seem to show. But if these images are real, that’s not what’s happening.
Activision has already talked about the next game going ‘back to its roots’ and featuring ‘traditional combat’, but each game takes three years to make and in 2014 you would’ve assumed that Sledgehammer Games would’ve started work on Advanced Warfare 2 immediately. The images were sent to YouTube channel TheFamilyVideoGamers, who waited a week to release them as they tried to check their authenticity.
The problem is that even though they look professional, the Second World War imagery means they’re pretty easy for someone to fake. All you’d need to do is just slap a CoD logo onto a random photo from the war and you’re mostly there. Activision promotes CoD has changed in recent years, but traditionally they announce the year’s new game in April or May, well ahead of E3 in June. If that’s still the case this year, then we may be finding out if these images are real sooner than you think.