After a long period of rumor and speculation, Activision Blizzard has confirmed that the next Call of Duty will indeed be returning to the battlefields of World War II. The next installment will be called Call of Duty: WWII. More details will be revealed in a livestream on the Call of Duty website next Wednesday, April 26.
Images purporting to be from Call of Duty promotional material have been circulating internet forums for the past months, but nothing official came out of Activision. The only hint that the images and information might be real was from an Activision investor call back in February in which the company stated that they would be going back to "traditional combat" after their forays into science-fiction action. Due to the lackluster performance of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, they said that their 2017 addition to the series would be "giving the players what they want."
Though Call of Duty initially started as a series set exclusively in the historical conflicts of World War II, that changed with Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. That game catapulted the series into ubiquity and Activision never really looked back. Treyarch delivered one more WWII entry to the series in 2008 with Call of Duty: World at War, but after that the series shifted focus to highlight fictional, near-future conflicts. After almost a decade, seeing Call of Duty return to its roots is a refreshing change of pace.