The time has come; the moment we've all been waiting for. Activision and Sledgehammer Games have finally announced the hotly anticipated next entry in the Call of Duty franchise, and you're not going to find any jet-packs or laser guns here. No spaceships; no wall-running; no boost slides. This is boots on the ground Call of Duty like we've been begging to see. This is Call of Duty WWII.
Now we know the rumors are true. We only have a few days of waiting before we can see the game in action. On the official Call of Duty WWII website, found here, there is a countdown leading up to a "Worldwide Reveal Livestream" taking place April 26 at noon central. There is no mention of what we'll actually see during that livestream, so we don't know whether to expect any gameplay, or simply a cinematic teaser trailer.
Sledgehammer is making good on its promise to take fans back to Call of Duty's roots and build a game upon Call of Duty's unshakable foundation. That foundation rests firmly within the literal and fictional history of World War II, and for years now that's where fans have been dying to see the game return. We know that Sledgehammer has been moving into an expanded studio, and members of the team there have been tweeting consistently about how hard they're working and how proud they are of the game that they're creating.
We’re honored & excited to bring this year’s @Callofduty to fans everywhere! It’s our biggest achievement as game makers. Much more to come.— Sledgehammer Games (@SHGames) February 9, 2017
So we know the studio is proud of their product, claiming it to be the best game they've ever produced. On the fans' side, we know that we've never been more primed or ready for a classic World War II story. After Advanced Warfare, Black Ops II, Black Ops III, Ghosts, and Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty fans around the world got burned out on the futuristic settings and aesthetics. Let's get a little more gritty, and a little more personal.
How will Sledgehammer evolve the series to tell a wholly new and unique story? How will this stand out from the original three Call of Duty campaigns? Will it simply look prettier, or will we get to play through a gripping, narrative campaign that takes us by surprise? We'll find out on Wednesday, so stay tuned!