After the cinematic quality of Infinite Warfare, it’s becoming clear that one of Activision’s new priorities is to offer richer story experiences to Call of Duty players. Online multiplayer will always be a staple of Call of Duty. Yet, with major titles like Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 in the mix, it’s hardly surprising that Activision is taking steps to ensure its developers now cater for the story inclined half of the gaming audience. From the footage we’ve seen, World War II’s latest trailer, it looks like we should expect more depth from Sledghammer Games this time around.
The last time Call of Duty had a bayonet stab at World War II we got World at War, released in 2008. While it had gone a little under the radar, those who did play all of it, remember it fondly. It marked the arrival of Zombies and is remembered as the grittiest Call of Duty ever made. This time, with World War II, we’ll be exposed to themes of anti-semitism and the raw reality of what it’s like to be at war. Stories of loyalty and bravery in the face of fear await.
While many are happy for Call of Duty to go back to its roots, it could be that next year, we’ll be brought back to the modern day. A job listing for a System’s Designer found on Treyarch’s site is hiring somebody with a “deep knowledge base of firearms and modern military technology”. Time will tell whether our World War II heroes will return to Call of Duty. That’ll be up to Sledgehammer Games in 2019.