The Call of Duty franchise confronted its hardest yr but in 2016. While the futuristic Infinite Warfare bought fairly effectively, it was surpassed by different shooters in practically each approach. Titanfall 2’s slick marketing campaign put it to disgrace, whereas Battlefield 1’s 64-player battles in open terrain made the acquainted Call of Duty system really feel stale.
In the phrases of Activision, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare “underperformed expectations”, and followers have been calling for a shake-up of the collection for this yr’s launch. Thankfully, there are early indicators that their voices have been heard. Here’s every part we find out about this yr’s Call of Duty recreation to date, together with a tonne of intriguing rumours.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The yearly instalment to the most important FPS franchise round
- When it’s out? Sometime later this yr, in all probability November
- What platforms? Nothing confirmed, however we would think about PS4, Xbox One and the PC will see the sport
- Call of Duty 2017 developer: Sledgehammer Games
- Call of Duty 2017 writer: Activision
- Call of Duty 2017 value: TBA – however more likely to be $60/£50/AU$100
Call of Duty 2017 confirmed options
Very few, to be sincere.
What we do know is that the sport will give attention to “traditional combat” – Activision itself mentioned so throughout a name with traders earlier this yr, including that the sport will “take Call of Duty back to its roots”, suggesting a World War II setting (we’ll get into that later). And Sledgehammer Games have chipped in too, with studio head Glen Schofield tweeting that “there are boots and ground and I guess some roots”.
There’s nothing I can say concerning the recreation besides there are boots and floor and I assume some roots. I hope I can discuss quickly or I could implode.16 February 2017
The “roots” bit is weird – maybe pointing to a wooded location? – however the remaining means that jet-packs are out, and infantry warfare is in. Activision have additionally mentioned that the area setting of Infinite Warfare “didn’t resonate” with followers – which factors much more strongly to a easy run and gun affair.
Other than that, there’s little or no to go on. We’ll replace this web page as quickly as we all know extra.
Call of Duty 2017 rumours – Call of Duty: WWII?
While concrete, confirmed options are skinny on the bottom, there are many juicy rumours to sink your enamel into. This yr, a lot of the rumours have revolved across the recreation’s setting.
Call of Duty: Vietnam
World War II appears the most certainly setting (we’ll inform you why in a second), however a couple of months in the past the consensus was that Vietnam can be the situation for the sport. A video on YouTube posted by the *ahem* legitimate-sounding account RaGe Specctr3 purported to point out the sport in motion. The video has since been eliminated, however it featured a participant navigating menus with background photographs of troopers from Vietnam.
The followers had been flamed when it emerged that Sledgehammer had beforehand pitched a third-person Call of Duty recreation set in Vietnam, which Activision rejected. The hypothesis was that the concept had been reborn in first-person shooter type.
But that hearsay has fallen away. Nothing since has backed it up and the video has been derided as faux from many business insiders.
Call of Duty: WWII
Instead, the prevailing idea is that this yr’s name of Duty will likely be set throughout World War II. It all began with leaked paintings posted on YouTube channel The Family Video Gamers, depicting a seashore invasion, presumably Normandy, the well-known D-Day battle. The photographs, taken from obvious collector’s version books, featured the title Call of Duty: WWII.
Since I have been requested about Call of Duty dozens of occasions & it is already on the market truthfully: pic.twitter.com/i7oi6A1PF7March 27, 2017
Although Activision and the builders haven’t commented, the official phrase does again up the concept. Taking Call of Duty “back to its roots” will surely counsel a World War II recreation: the primary three video games had been all set between 1939 and 1945, as was the fifth, World at War.
It additionally matches with what Sledgehammer’s co-founder Michael Condrey mentioned in 2014 about the way forward for the collection. “A subsequent era recreation with the most recent manufacturing values and robustness in a World War II setting like Band of Brothers can be superb,” he mentioned. That was three years in the past: and, tellingly, the Call of Duty video games comply with a three-year growth cycle. A World War II setting is wanting extra doubtless by the day.
Call of Duty 2017: A November launch date?
There’s been no official phrase on the discharge date, however judging by previous years the sport is more likely to drop in November. The earlier two video games have launched within the first week of that month, each on Fridays (presumably so that folks can play over the weekend). The similar this yr would imply a launch date of November three. And that simply so occurs to be the discharge date proven on a web based leaked poster earlier this month, that includes very comparable paintings to the pictures launched by YouTube account The Family Video Gamers. Coincidence?
That similar poster additionally steered that PS4 gamers would get early entry to DLC for the sport. That can be no shock: Sony had a timed-exclusive deal for Infinite Warfare, which means their players acquired to play DLC for 30 days earlier than anybody on Xbox or PC was allowed to.
When will we all know extra?
Very quickly. Reveal trailers for the upcoming Call of Duty video games sometimes arrive in late April or early May. Keep your eyes on this website for the most recent information as and when it emerges.
Will Call of Duty 2017 come to the Nintendo Switch?
It’s too early to say. Activision have missed Nintendo consoles since Call of Duty: Ghosts, which was launched on the Wii U. Nintendo’s consoles haven’t had the processing energy to deal with the collection since, and the second-screen mechanic of the Wii U may have additionally proved problematic.
The Nintendo Switch has closed the hole on the opposite consoles and proved standard with players. It’s subsequently believable that Activision might need to harness that enthusiasm – and the elevated energy – for its 2017 title. We’ll have to attend and see.
Call of Duty 2017 wishlist
Away from the rumors, we have got a few requests of our personal for the brand new recreation.
A run-and-gun marketing campaign from a number of views
If Call of Duty goes to return to its roots this yr, it could as effectively do it correctly. Multiplayer has turn out to be the sport’s core providing, however it wasn’t all the time that approach. The authentic Call of Duty video games impressed due to their branching campaigns, advised from a number of views. The first two featured storylines from the American, British, and Soviet armies, whereas the third added Canadian, French, and Polish heroes into the combination.
We’d like to see the identical thought refreshed, with gamers participating in set-piece battles throughout Europe and assembly comrades from throughout the globe. The sounds from the builders are optimistic – now they only must execute.
A feminine protagonist
Call of Duty characters are historically gruff, chisel-jawed sorts that you just wouldn’t need to make eye contact with at a bar. We haven’t but had a feminine protagonist, and we’d welcome one this yr.
Judging by what Sledghammer’s Condrey said in 2015, we would get our want. “After talking with navy advisors, robust feminine characters, robust feminine navy presences are gonna be sooner or later, and we’re seeing it right now, so completely, you’d count on to see that sooner or later in Call of Duty,” he mentioned. Promising stuff.
The World War II setting would make a feminine protagonist much less doubtless, given the shortage of feminine troopers that fought in the true warfare. However, a fictional lead can be very welcome – or Activision may focus a part of the story on notable feminine troopers, such because the well-known Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a sniper who killed greater than 300 Germans whereas combating for the Soviet Army.
Limited micro transactions
The collection has featured micro transactions since Black Ops 2, however Infinite Warfare took a harmful step in direction of a ‘pay to win’ mannequin. It was the primary recreation within the collection to characteristic a number of weapon variants – basically tiers – with ‘Epic’ being the best.
You can get these variants by grinding, however it should take you tons of of hours to construct the set you’re after. Or, you’ll be able to pay for COD factors to spend on provide drops for uncommon gadgets. You’re not assured to get what you need, however spending cash provides you a significantly better probability of getting the deadliest weapons within the recreation.
It’s an unfair system, and one we hope Activision ditches this yr. Let’s stage the enjoying discipline, rewarding gamers for taking part in the sport slightly than reaching into their wallets, and hold micro transactions for beauty gadgets, like weapon skins.
New recreation modes
You can wager that followers will flock to the subsequent recreation’s multiplayer modes: count on the same old suspects to return alongside a revamped zombie mode, which followers love.
But if Activision and Sledgehammer actually need to pull the collection out of a rut, they’re going to must strive one thing completely different. Sledgehammer has talked about it prior to now, with co-founder Condrey saying the crew have “talked about new methods to play”, including “branching story-lines or third particular person mode or loopy adjustments to the multiplayer”.
In 2014, he mentioned of the potential of a WWII setting: “Now, how wouldn’t it play and the way would the multiplayer work after the brand new motion set in Advanced Warfare? That’s a harder query than I’ve needed to deal with but.”
We’re envisaging focussed, multiplayer set-piece battles the place gamers have a particular position. Take, say, the Normandy invasion. You may have attacking and defending forces with gamers assigned particular duties – push as much as a sure level on the seashore, man a machine gun, or hold teammates healed up. Those ranges may adapt over time – when the Allied forces attain the German trenches, the Germans must fall again and hunker down elsewhere, altering the texture of the battle.
It’s only one possibility – and we will’t wait to see what Sledgehammer has give you.