The rumours were true – Call of Duty will be returning to the past for the series' next instalment.
Activision has confirmed that this year's CoD will go by the name of Call of Duty: WWII. It is being developed by Sledgehammer Games.
Last year's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare continued the series' recent trend of embracing a ‘near-future' settings. However, the Infinity Ward game was not especially well received and suffered poor launch numbers compared to many of its predecessors.
Call of Duty returns to its World War II roots with Call of Duty: WWII, developed by Sledgehammer Games,” the official blurb reads.
More details are incoming during the game's Worldwide Reveal livestream on Wednesday, April 26 featuring Sledgehammer Games co-studio heads and founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield. Fans will be able to tune in to get a first look at Call of Duty: WWII and get intel on the studio's vision for the game.”
Sledgehammer has previously worked on elements of Modern Warfare 3 and was the main developer of 2014's CoD: Advanced Warfare.
Call of Duty first debuted way back in 2003. The first three games were all set in World War 2. It was only with 2007's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare that the brand made its first moves into a more contemporary setting.
Since then, present of near future warfare has come to define CoD. While 2008's World at War revisited history, and historical events have featured in parts of the Black Ops series, the main thrust of CoD has been toward the inclusion of escalating future tech.