Activision has announced the next Call of Duty release will base itself on the game's original format, featuring boots on the ground gameplay and traditional combat. The decision is likely a response to the major backlash directed towards last year's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare title - for its controversial special flying and combat abilities that dominated the gaming experience.
At Activision Blizzard's fourth quarterly earnings call, the COO stated:
“In 2017, Activision will take Call of Duty back to its roots, and traditional combat will once again take center stage. This is what our dedicated community of Call of Duty players and Sledgehammer Games, developing this year’s title, are the most excited about.”
It has also been revealed that Sledgehammer Games are the developers behind this year's Call of Duty release. The team was behind two previous editions of the game; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Both of these titles proved massively popular, with Modern Warfare 3 enjoying 30.6 million total sales - making it the highest selling Call of Duty of all time.
A tweet by Sledgehammer Games confirmed this news:
Previously, Activision made gains in popularity by offering a remastered version of the iconic, boots on ground Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with the purchase of last year's title. This enabled gamers to decide between playing the futuristic Infinite Warfare or the classic Modern Warfare title. It seems Activision believes there to be plenty of potential in exploring classic gameplay - over its controversial, futuristic renditions - which might be all it needs to rejuvinate the game's popularity amongst the community.