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Call of Duty 2017 will take the series 'back to its roots,' Activision says

This year's installment is in development at Sledgehammer Games, creators of 2014's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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During a conference call to discuss 2016's fourth-quarter earnings, Activision executives told investors that this year's Call of Duty game will "take Call of Duty back to its roots."

The announcement occurred during discussion of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's disappointing sales numbers. Executives said the "space setting didn't resonate" with players and that Infinite Warfare "wasn't the success we planned."

"Traditional combat will once again take center stage" in 2017's Call of Duty. Executives did not define "traditional combat," which could mean battle systems centered on the franchise's WWII roots, or more modern or advanced tactics and ordnance as seen in 2007's Call of Duty 4 and 2014's Advanced Warfare.

This year's Call of Duty is being developed by Sledgehammer Games. The Call of Duty franchise rotates between three developers: Infinity Ward, the studio that created it; Treyarch, best known for Call of Duty 3 and the Call of Duty: Black Ops trilogy; and Sledgehammer, which released Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in 2014 to critical acclaim and higher sales numbers than 2016's Infinite Warfare.

While critics and players were divided on its space-themed exploits, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare did resonate with Shacknews editor and Modojo editor-in-chief Brittany Vincent, who gave it an 8 out of 10 in her review. "While Infinity Ward might have played it a little too safe when it came to the competitive multiplayer mode, the improvements in the single-player campaign and Call of Duty: Zombies are substantial," she wrote. "The single-player campaign, in particular, hooked me, and I hope that future campaigns in the Call of Duty universe get the same care."

[Source: IGN

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    February 9, 2017 2:30 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Call of Duty 2017 will take the series 'back to its roots,' Activision says

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      February 9, 2017 3:00 PM

      2017 will bring Call of Duty back to its roots: 12 year-olds 360 no-scoping you from across Nuketown while they call you a faggot repeatedly.

      I, for one, can't wait. /s

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        February 9, 2017 3:58 PM

        Meh overused inaccurate mean now. It'll be mostly 18-25 yo people doing that while also weed 24/7 and try and pick fights

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        February 9, 2017 5:50 PM

        Finally!

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        February 9, 2017 8:38 PM

        hahahaha oh man nuketown FTW

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      February 9, 2017 3:08 PM

      On rail shooter with weak hit boxes?

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      February 9, 2017 3:46 PM

      World war two maybe?

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      February 9, 2017 3:46 PM

      WW2 or GTFO.

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      February 9, 2017 3:50 PM

      Maybe they are taking the c9d thing too literally and it's now a medieval setting

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      February 9, 2017 4:00 PM

      Also PS David when you analyze what they mean by back to its roots you could've mentioned specifically boots on the ground.

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      February 9, 2017 4:56 PM

      So World War II?

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        February 9, 2017 5:56 PM

        They only mention returning to "traditional combat" which could still be set in any era except the future.

        Guessing since Modern Warfare is when the game really took off, it will be another game along those lines. The folks still invested in Call of Duty games have no attachment to the WW2 series and its limited arsenal. They want a mess of current day weapons and unlocks and attachments and all the other bullshit.

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          February 9, 2017 8:04 PM

          It won't be in the modern warfare series if that's what you're saying. Possibly a modern timed shooter, but the dev that made MW just made IW.
          Traditional combat==no flying shit

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            February 9, 2017 9:45 PM

            I doubt they'll call it Modern Warfare, only assuming it will utilize current and older weaponry and technology that's in line with the Modern Warfare, and a more grounded story to go with the times.

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      February 9, 2017 5:52 PM

      Given
      -how it takes about 3 years to make a CoD game -the future backlash is recent
      -the direction of recent CoD games

      I wonder how much scrambling they're doing to retool this "back to the roots"

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        February 9, 2017 7:43 PM

        It's what any franchise does when it strayed too far.

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        February 9, 2017 9:46 PM

        Or they had this planned after BO3 didn't perform as well also

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        February 10, 2017 5:20 AM

        There have been rumors of a WWII/cold war era CoD in development for about 2 years at Sledgehammer.

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      February 9, 2017 7:56 PM

      Quake engine?

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        February 9, 2017 8:00 PM

        isn't it still on the q3 engine?

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          February 9, 2017 8:36 PM

          CoD has been on the Source engine for years. Source may be based off of Quake, but it's been heavily modified forever.

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            February 9, 2017 8:41 PM

            What no. Cod is on the Q3 engine. Source is based of gldSrc, which is Q1.

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            February 9, 2017 9:41 PM

            The boxes still have blurbs about containing technology developed by id software. It's definitely heavily modified for sure, but I believe it all stems from Quake 3 still. Source is what the ex-CoD guys used for Titanfall.

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            February 9, 2017 9:50 PM

            CoD games haven't been on the Source engine ever.

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      February 9, 2017 8:51 PM

      It's practically a fucking EA Sports title at this point.

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      February 9, 2017 8:58 PM

      Well I must definitely not be a typical COD buyer then - I loved the new one. It is the first COD campaign I finished since Modern Warfare. I personally thought they were all getting very stale and was tired of the endless spawning corridors etc that had become the COD single player norm. It is too bad it didn't do as well since I have no interest to "go back to the roots" because that sounds boring as fuck.

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        February 9, 2017 9:50 PM

        Same. I thought Infinite Warfare's campaign was a lot of fun. I liked it when CODBLOPS3 got real weird at the end. I'd rather keep going in those directions than back to the roots.

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      February 9, 2017 10:00 PM

      I honestly don't even know what this means.

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      February 9, 2017 11:04 PM

      Every single one of the last 4 CoD campaigns had you fighting against indestructible trashrobots and I hated it.

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      February 10, 2017 12:15 AM

      Back to its roots? So copying Battlefield?

      Oh shit got him!

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      February 10, 2017 1:05 AM

      It's Sledgehammer's turn this year, right?

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      February 10, 2017 3:48 AM

      So hopefully COD 4 rerererereremmmmmmonsterastered?

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      February 10, 2017 8:58 AM

      Back to it's roots. Civil War or Revolutionary War?

      Has there ever been a shooter with flintlock muskets?