Call of Duty May Stick With its WWII Setting Moving Forward

Activion's CEO weighs in on the creative direction of the Call of Duty franchise.

It turns out that Call of Duty‘s recent return to World War II may amount to more than a single tour of duty. 

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg has revealed to Game Informer that the studio isn’t entirely sure whether or not the Call of Duty franchise will abandon this WWII setting so quickly. 

“Well, you know I can’t reveal things on the slate that are several years off,” said Hirshberg. “But no I don’t necessarily see it as a one-off; I think that World War II and historical settings more broadly are very rich territory, and I think there’s every possibility that that could become an area that we explore more than once.”

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At the very least, then, it seems that Hirshberg hopes that at least some future Call of Duty titles will stick to the series roots by exploring that particular era a little more thoroughly. While his views may reflect some kind of personal preference, they also seem to be grounded in the realization that Call of Duty dipped into the sci-fi well a little too deeply and a bit too often. 

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“Not to make any comment on the quality of the game from last year, but I think that while there were a lot of innovations and a lot of fun new things that players got to do, it was one future game too many,” said Hirshberg in regards to Infinite Warfare‘s somewhat disappointing sales.

While Hirshberg certainly has the authority to ensure that his opinions affect the future of the Call of Duty franchise, there’s realistically very little chance that the Call of Duty franchise sticks to the WWII era from this point forth. After all, while titles like Infinite Warfare may not have sold quite as well as Activision may have hoped, it still performed reasonably well in comparison to every other game released that year. 

As such, we’ll undoubtedly reach a point where some fans will consider a “return to form” for the Call of Duty franchise to also mean a return to the more outlandish sci-fi settings it eventually adopted. 

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