It’s ironic that retreating into old territory is considered refreshing, but the web lost its mind when leaked promo material appeared to confirm the World War II backdrop.
The unearthed images, originally posted to YouTube channel TheFamilyVideoGamers, have seemingly outed a brand new entry in the series called Call of Duty: WW2. The leak is said to have sprung via an anonymous tipster connected to developer Sledgehammer Games, and although it remains unverified, a return to the historic setting makes sense.
CoD was born in the trenches of World War II - the 2003 original offering British, American and Soviet perspectives on the conflict - and with Activision having vowed to take the franchise “back to its roots”, the evidence supporting the leak’s authenticity begins to mount.
World War II is, of course, well-trodden ground for CoD, given that the series revisited the conflict with 2008’s World at War, honing in on the Pacific theatre.
Whether we’re heading back to familiar territory or historic battles never before depicted in CoD remains to be seen, but with the raw power of current generation gaming hardware on its side, this mission to World War II’s frontline could be the most definitive yet.