Sledgehammer Games Taking Call of Duty ‘back to its roots’

Sledgehammer Games is now developing the next installment of the Call of Duty franchise and reportedly taking the franchise back to its glory days.

On an investor call, Activision chief operating officer Thomas Tippl said 2016’s game, Infinite Warfare, “underperformed” and that “it’s clear that for a portion of our audience, the space setting just didn’t resonate.”

“Traditional combat will once again take center stage” in Call of Duty’s 2017 entry, Tippl said. He added that both the Call of Duty community and Sledgehammer Games are excited about this year’s back to basics approach.

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg reiterated that while Infinite Warfare’s gameplay innovations were well received, its setting “didn’t appeal to many of our fans.” Hirshberg said that 2017’s game will achieve a balance of keeping the Call of Duty franchise fresh and vital, while also providing new innovation, but with a setting that will resonate with fans.

Hirshberg said this year’s Call of Duty was greenlit “over two years ago” and “we can’t wait to unveil it to the world soon.” Activision typically reveals new Call of Duty games in the spring, either in April or May.

Check out the entire article here, courtesy of Polygon: http://www.polygon.com/2017/2/9/14568006/call-of-duty-2017-back-to-its-roots-world-war-ii

Photo: Call of Duty 2: Big Red One | Activision

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