As part of their fourth quarter 2016 earnings call, Activision has confirmed that the next entry in the “Call of Duty” franchise will shift and that “more traditional combat will once again take center stage.”
In recent years, the ‘Duty’ games have taken on an increasingly sci-fi flavour starting with ‘Advanced Warfare,’ continuing through ‘Black Ops III’ and going even further with last year’s ‘Infinite Warfare’.
The last of these has been considered a disappointment amongst gamers and it was reflected in soft reviews. Primary competitor, “Battlefield,” went back to World War 1 with “Battlefield 1” last year and proved a far better received title.
‘Duty’ remains by far the biggest seller amongst gaming franchises, but its had issues launching new sub-franchises. Activision used the call to discuss sales of ‘Infinite Warfare’ which come in at 10.7 million units sold – less than half that of 2015’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops III” which sold 26 million units.
The publisher says the “space setting didn’t resonate” and so the game “wasn’t the success we planned.” Sledgehammer Games is reportedly developing the next entry in the franchise which is rumored to be set during the Vietnam War.