In a new interview with Newsweek, Activision CEO talked a little about the decision behind taking Call of Duty back to its roots this year. One of the things Activision has said earlier is that the executives decided in 2017 Call of Duty would go back to its roots, and thus, it would be Sledgehammer Games turn to develop the title.
Activision CEO said Sledgehammer wanted to create an Advanced Warfare 2, however, back in 2014. “Sledgehammer wanted to make Advanced Warfare 2,” Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg told Newsweek.
Hirshberg and other executives saw that they instead needed to go back to the franchise roots, rather than develop Advanced Warfare 2. He was confident SHG would be able to make a game in WWII setting that would deliver on the fundamentals that made up Call of Duty from the start.
“We knew they would become historians, that they would tackle it with authenticity, give it tremendous care and we also knew they would capture the unspeakable scale of World War II.”
What I love about this game is that anyone’s who’s looking forward to going back to the roots, the gritty, human-scale, boots-on-the-ground, militaristic, authentic experience that Call Of Duty is known for, this game delivers it in a big way.”
Hirshberg gave a small statement about the future of Call of Duty, saying, “we have proven sub-franchises, time periods and areas to play in that I think give us a lot of variety.” He did not expand on what to expect in the next several years of Call of Duty.