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Call of Duty is going “back to its roots”

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Surprise! There’ll be another Call of Duty game this year! But here’s the real shocker: Call of Duty is apparently going back to basics this year after having spent the last three games exploring the absolute beauty of a perfectly-timed double jump. Thanks to games such as Advanced Warfare, Black Ops III and Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty made itself at home with a more liberal use of physics this generation.

Some fans loved it, others derided it and some people were “meh”. But at a conference call this week via GameSpot, chief operating officer Thomas Tippl discussed how Infinite Warfare’s apparent under-performance and space-setting didn’t click with a large number of fans. “It’s clear that, for a portion of our audience, the space setting just didn’t resonate,” Tippl said.

We have a passionate, experienced studio deeply committed to this direction, and despite the risks we saw, we believe it is important to consider the passions of our game teams in deciding what content to create.

While it wasn’t the success we planned, it allows us to protect the core tenets of our culture that Bobby discussed: empowering our talented teams to have the chance to pursue opportunities that they are passionate about. Providing an environment that recognizes passion is a critical component of our success, and a process to learn from our mistakes is what makes our company special, and it’s why the most talented people in our industry are attracted to our company.

While Infinite Warfare didn’t make as much coin as previous entries did, it’s not exactly a failure and is still one of the top-selling games of 2016. Pretty much this GIF then. To recapture that past glory then, developer Sledgehammer will take the game back to a more traditional focus. “In 2017, Activision will take Call of Duty back to its roots and traditional combat will once again take center stage,” Tippl said.

This is what our dedicated community of Call of Duty players and Sledgehammer Games, which has been developing this year’s title, are the most excited about.

Remember, Call of Duty games generally operate in three-year development cycles with production duties shared by Sledgehammer, Treyarch and Infinity Ward. With a long lead time like that, Activision clearly saw a future for the franchise that would take it back to its more nostalgic elements. Something that that blasted tween who keeps screeching for sniper-rifle only matches whenever I’m online for a multiplayer session will no doubt appreciate.

Last Updated: February 10, 2017


  1. Urgh, rich people problems.



    • Original Heretic

      February 10, 2017 at 08:14

      *kids with rich parents problems!


      • PurplePariah

        February 10, 2017 at 08:15

        Wait, you mean Activision isn’t rich, they just have rich parents?


        • Original Heretic

          February 10, 2017 at 08:19

          Ha! Okay, I totally misunderstood your comment then. I was taking it from the point of view “it’s the rich people who buy these every year to add to their ever expanding library of ‘same but different but the same’ games”.
          And since it’s mostly 12 year olds that play these, it’s their parents’ problem.

          Aaaaand I think I went and did too much of explanation because I’m brain-dead tired (my 2 yr old lad was up just about all night, which means in my tired state I had brown fingers, which is the typing version of verbal diarrhea).

          I’m rambling like an idiot….

          *sigh* Gonna be a long day…


          • PurplePariah

            February 10, 2017 at 08:22

            You have my sincere sympathy. I remember that stuff clearly. Sleep is precious.

          • Original Heretic

            February 10, 2017 at 08:23


            I think I may be slightly clairvoyant right now, though.

            “I see my going to the shop to buy an energy drink. Wait! TWO energy drinks! *gasp*”

          • PurplePariah

            February 10, 2017 at 08:26

            If you’re not sensitive to caffeine (which you shouldn’t be, drinking energy drinks and all) – I can highly recommend BioPlus syrup. One tablespoon instead of the inordinate sugar content of an energy drink, with better effect.

          • Original Heretic

            February 10, 2017 at 08:28

            Weirdly enough, that stuff makes me shaky.

            I tend to nurse one can of e-drink for half a day. instead of downing it in one go.
            The only time I can do that kind of thing is when I’m about to do some hectic physical training.

          • Admiral Chief

            February 10, 2017 at 09:13

            Brown fingers, hahahahahaha

  2. Kromas Ryder

    February 10, 2017 at 08:11

    Hope they keep the game interesting enough to make sure the kids don’t invade my games with their credit card and hacks. 😛


  3. Craig "CrAiGiSh" Dodd

    February 10, 2017 at 12:27

    Call of Nope inbound …


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