Call of Duty (COD) is one of the most popular first person shooter games of recent memory. The first three games, COD, COD 2 and COD 3 were all based in World War II. As the series grew, it moved into various eras, and took different routes. With Subtitles like Black Ops, Modern Warfare, and Ghosts, the title added storylines that were short, but fun to play. But this is not where the title shined.
More recent releases of the game has moved into the realm of science fiction or where the developers think the military may be moving. The story lines grew with narration or character roles taken by major Hollywood actors like Kevin Spacey and Ice-T. However, while the storylines were still good, it was becoming a bit less ‘real’ feeling like the earlier titles. Again, while the storylines were good, this is not where the title shined.
What made Call of Duty so popular was multi-player. Gamers from around the world could gather online on various gaming systems and face-off in everything from Team Deathmatchs to Capture the Flag matches. Wins, kills, and other objectives completed helped the player increase in rank, unlock weapons and uniforms, and create their own, unique, player. However, while multi-player is where the game shined, the later versions, Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Infinite Warfare both added so much sci-fi feel, it was no longer that realistic first person shooter. That seemed to end with the Ghosts title.
Activision, one of many developers who work on the COD series of games, is apparently going back to the roots. According to Trusted Reviews, in February, Activision announced they would take the title back to its roots. Some potentially leaked artwork that made it to Reddit looks to be a new game called Call of Duty: WWII. One of the images appears to be the landing on D-Day at Normandy. It has a very Saving Private Ryan, or Band of Brothers feel to the images. A retelling of World War II battles, fighting on Frances beaches, the Battle of the Bulge would be a fun way to take the series. Also, it leave it open for following titles taking place in the Pacific.
According to GameSpot, the lower than expected sales of Infinite Warfare and fans less than favorable response to the space battles are the reason for the return to the series roots. There is no date for the newest Call of Duty title, but it is expected sometime this year.
By Cletus Dillwood
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