The Call of Duty franchise has been getting alot of flak in recent years, after upsetting so many fans and losing many fans with it’s shift to the far future. Fans have also been displeased with the implementation of Supply Drops and that entire concept of hiding DLC weapons within the Supply Drops system, adding an element of “Pay to Win.” to the game.
The increasing frustration and being displeased with the franchise hit it’s peak last year with Infinite Warfare, the game rocketed us into an interstellar war in outer space. Understandably, many fans saw the setting and just got turned off and moved to Battlefield 1, a game that’s been a resounding success since it’s launch in October of 2016.
Battlefield 1 is a game that’s been a huge success with the community and gamers as a whole as it’s a return to a historical setting and a setting that nobody has really done before in this scale. It’s clear that Call of Duty needed to change and a change of setting might certainly do that.
Call of Duty: WWII was revealed this past April and we know a little bit of information from single-player to small details regarding it’s multiplayer and it seems to be following in the steps of Battlefield 1 with “War” , a gamemode that seems to be a rift on Operations. Many fans including myself breathed a sigh of relief when the trailer and information started to be slowly revealed a few hours after the reveal ended. Still, the question needs to be asked: Can this game save Call of Duty?
In it’s earlier installments, dating back to the original Call of Duty the franchise has dealt with the realities and hard-hitting setting of the Second World War as the games put you in various roles against the Nazis and the Empire of Japan in World at War, the games especially World at War gave a good look into the horrors of the Second World War.
Later, dating back to Call of Duty: Ghosts many players lost interest in the game’s campaign as each game went further and further away from their original storytelling and motto of “No One Fights Alone.” as the developers became more in tune on Multiplayer. It seems like in Call of Duty: WWII, Sledgehammer is returning to that point in time where teamwork was necessary and returning the franchise to “No One Fights Alone.”
By returning to World War 2, Sledgehammer Games could cement their place in Call of Duty history as being one of the good guys after Infinity Ward turned to shit after Modern Warfare 3. Returning to World War 2 can revive their reputation and make people like me return to the franchise after being away for such a long time.
I believe that Call of Duty: WW2 can save the franchise if it is done in the right way, and it seems to me at least to my understanding is that Sledgehammer Games wants to return to World War 2 in a respectable and honorable fashion that returns Call of Duty to being good again.
Stay tuned this June for my hands-on impressions of the Multiplayer at E3 2017.