Call of Duty is going back to its roots, which is great news for sure - it only took five years and Infinite Warfare’s disappointing sales figures for Activision to change tact.
News of COD finally giving fans what they want (i.e. not future-space) should be welcomed, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn't be cautious. Remember, this is the series where Call of Duty: Ghosts ensured the exciting concept of an invasion of America was as wrist-slittingly dull as possible.
Then they managed to make space twice as boring. Making space boring takes a lot of hard work and apathy, as Infinite Warfare became gaming’s equivalent of James Bond’s Moonraker – mostly tedious, with a few cool moments in the trailer.
So while we should welcome the change in tact, let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. There are tons of new ways to explore the classic COD formula and to build on its former brilliance, but if they're serious about returning the series to its roots, here's what Call of Duty needs to avoid...