The Call of Duty series began with a World War II setting that it became famous for. Before the best-selling series broke into their fame with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, there was certain comfort in setting these games during World War II. The first three Call of Duty games were set in the 1930-1940 time period during World War II. With the exception of Call of Duty: World At War, the majority of the titles released by Infinity Ward and Treyarch have taken place in a current or future setting. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, however, because Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was groundbreaking upon its release. It was something new that no other developer had been able to perfect. Naturally, developers of the Call of Duty games wanted to replicate that success continuously. There has been doubt ever since whether a the series would never return to its pre-modern roots.
Recent developments out of Gamespot will lead you to believe differently. Under the helm of Sledgehammer Games, the title of the latest installment to the series is rumored to be Call of Duty: Patriots, and it appears that the franchise’s latest entry is being set during World War I. This may come as a surprise to most simply because the Call of Duty series has seen monumental success in a current or future setting. Considering the underwhelming release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, the change in scenery speaks volumes for what Sledgehammer Games is attempting to do with the series. Here is a quote taken from Gamespot detailing the rumors that have surfaced;
“As for its setting, Bubble News has learned that Call of Duty: Patriots will be set during a fictional version of World War 1, and the game will reportedly have a “fantasy” element. One example provided is that one of the main characters is actually from a past Call of Duty title, but in an alternate reality. The site goes on to claim that Call of Duty: Patriots has both single- and multiplayer modes, and that the single-player mode is playable via online co-op. Splitscreen won’t be offered, according to the report.”
The return to a ‘World War’ setting is a smart one even if said “fantasy” element means that modern weapons and characters will be stitched into the game. The modern and future settings were overplayed and really weren’t doing anything to further the series. The weapons have been recycled over and over again. The major question to ask here is, will fans like the return to a past setting for the Call of Duty series? The initial response would be no mainly because the series has spent so much time in a modern/future setting that it’s hard to believe that the Call of Duty loyalists will respond well to such an alteration.
However to be blatantly honest, this series needs a rejuvenation. The Call of Duty franchise has been under such criticism because the game hasn’t changed since 2008 and people are beginning to take notice. There is a certain excitement upon hearing news of a different approach to the Call of Duty series, and it will be interesting to see where these latest rumors take us as we move closer to E3. Considering how much of a role eSports is beginning to take in the Call of Duty series, Sledgehammer Games will put forth their best effort in order to satisfy all of the Call of Duty fans who anxiously await the newest title.
Call of Duty: Patriots is rumored to have a release date of November 14, 2014.
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