It seems like Call of Duty’s upcoming installment will indeed take the franchise “back to its roots,” if the series of images leaked to a YouTuber are proven legitimate.
The FamilyVideoGamers YouTube channel on Thursday claimed to have received some leaked promotional materials of the game from an anonymous source via email. The images depict a World War II setting, above a name: “Call of Duty: WWII.” According to Polygon, the said name could be a placeholder title since the photo described are reportedly marketing concepts.
Also included in the leak are four steel book concepts showing what seems to be scenes from a beach landing, likely D-Day. The steel books all have the “Call of Duty: WWII” title printed along their spines. The fonts used on the five cases and poster is the same font used on Call of Duty packaging such as Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Check out the alleged Call of Duty 2017 photos below:
Unfortunately, there’s no way to confirm the authenticity of the artworks at this point. However, it’s worth noting that the information was provided by a respected outlet which VG247 says is “not one to a post a rumor as large as this without warrant.”
Call of Duty 2017 Release
Activision regularly releases Call of Duty games during November each year. We can recall that it was at this exact time in 2016 when early details of last fall’s Infinite Warfare began to surface. The publisher has a trio of developers working on the franchise, each with rotating releases. This year’s game is due from Sledgehammer Games, the same team who worked on 2014’s Advanced Warfare.
The last time we’ve heard from Activision, it teased that the “2017 title will take Call of Duty back to its roots,” featuring the “traditional combat.” This big u-turn from Infinite Warfare‘s space setting can be attributed to the response to the futuristic settings the titles of the last few years have used. The company suggested that a large portion of fans were unhappy with Infinite Warfare‘s space/sci-fi themes, adding that the game “underperformed” and “just didn’t resonate” with players.
The series has been set in the future since 2012’s Black Ops 2. Four of the first five games in the series were set in World War II, the last being 2008’s World at War.
Activision has not yet commented on the latest leak. We’ll likely not hear from the company until the official unveiling of the Call of Duty 2017. As the annual reveal of the franchise is on a fairly predictable timeline, the next one should be within 5-6 weeks, in either late April or early May.
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