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Is it time for Call of Duty to go back to World War 2?

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While Call of Duty has always been popular, it didn’t quite hit the mainstream and go nuclear until Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Since then, it’s really only Treyarch’s games that have stuck to the series historical roots. World at War kicked off the Black Ops story arch and was set at the tail end of World War 2. Black Ops featured the Cold War, before its sequel jumped far in to the future. This year’s Call of Duty is being developed by Treyarch – and it could return to historical wars.

The wholly unfounded, unsourced and quite possibly fake rumours suggest that the next Call of Duty will be a sequel to World at War. According to a rather hard-to-believe tweet, the next Call of Duty will be World at War 2, and is set to be revealed in May this year.

It’s the sort of thing that I’d take with a very, very large pinch of salt – though it’s given just the smallest dash of credence by a Facebook post from developer Treyarch, who on the anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbour, posted a link to the event’s Wikipedia page. While it could just be Treyarch paying respects in a way, it could also be a portent of things to come.

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Taking Call of Duty back to the past would be a brave and bold step, though it could be a foolish one. I’ll always favour the historical games like Call of Duty 2 and World at War and I certainly think that it’s time for games of that ilk to make a shiny, new generation comeback, I’m a predominantly campaign-focused Call of Duty player.

There’s still so much history, so many great and tragic stories that have yet to be explored in Call of Duty, and I’d love to explore some of those conflicts.I suspect though, that I’m in the minority.

Since Modern Warfare, Call of Duty’s become almost entirely focused on the multiplayer aspect, with the campaigns being whittled down to being 5 hour experiences. Truth be told, I’m not entirely certain that multiplayer gamers want to go back to playing games with older weapons, firing off M1 carbines and Garands and Mosin–Nagants. They likely don’t want to go back to killing Nazis; many gamers likely still feel fatigue from the deluge of World War 2 shooters in the early years of the last console generation.

Most would likely miss the modern advances; things like exo-suits and double jumps, laser-guided weapons red-dot scopes – but I’d welcome a return to World War 2.

Last Updated: January 21, 2015

74 Comments

  1. Kikmi

    January 21, 2015 at 14:36

    Ok, I know the hypocrite sirens are going off, but if they went back to their roots I would entirely consider purchasing a COD title again.

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    • Ragnar The Vengeful

      January 21, 2015 at 16:24

      I’m with you buddy, but I wasn’t that big of a fan of World at War. It lacked something. A new gen World at War might be better. Throw in some procedurally generated islands where you can co-op assault the Jap positions…. Now that would be kinda, sorta, fun.

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    • Lothy

      January 21, 2015 at 16:28

      u and me both! I have sweet memories of World at War and have longed to play with a bolt action rifle again, 1 shotting guys in the head with glee and amusement.

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      • Burky99

        January 22, 2015 at 01:23

        I’ve not enjoyed sniping on call of duty since world at war. scoping in with the Springfield and letting rip. Sounded like thunder once you shot that. Do you remember the ptrs that would tear off limbs! Best cod for me

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    • SkittelZA

      January 22, 2015 at 08:08

      World at War was by far my favourite CoD. The only one that had dismemberment from explosives and heavy ammo. Very cool, grenade kill cam started in this CoD if I remember correctly. Definitely a pre-order (don’t kill me) if this gets confirmed.

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      • Kikmi

        January 22, 2015 at 09:40

        Those are some brave words young sir, I’ll still hold out on reviews first, and this is also under the assumption that we will be getting any kind of substantial single player story line. Hell, I’d even love a decent co-op story line, but seeing as its Activision and COD, its likely just to be another 3 hour campaign with all the focus and effort concentrated on the MP component.

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    • HairyEwok

      January 22, 2015 at 09:27

      Yus, WaW was a really well scripted and developed game. IF they do the same with WaW2 I would purchase it for sure.

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  2. Viking Of Science

    January 21, 2015 at 14:36

    Man, I Miss CoD 2…. that game had a proper Campaign… and if 2014 taught us anything. it’s that a Single Player Shooter, set in the past is still Viable…

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  3. Ghost In The Rift

    January 21, 2015 at 14:36

    If its not Nazi’s then Russians?

    It has been years sins i enjoyed a fps game, all to similar and bores me pretty quick, need a new type of fps.

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 21, 2015 at 14:37

      Japanese?

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      • ToshZA

        January 21, 2015 at 14:39

        With extra jiggle physics. 😀

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 21, 2015 at 14:42

        hmmm, then no ps4 release, They have dishonored Japan Farmiry, death by sopuku!!

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    • Viking Of Science

      January 21, 2015 at 14:42

      Have you played Wolfenstein: The New Order…. really Standout FPS… if all my favourite critics are to be believed

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 21, 2015 at 14:42

        Effing loved it!

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 21, 2015 at 14:43

        Its the only 1 on my agenda that i have to pick up, looks real good in the trailer, i did not even bother with Kevin Spacey’s game.

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  4. Guild

    January 21, 2015 at 14:38

    I don’t think it would be a good move. The game would slow down dramatically compared to where it is now in Advanced Warfare.

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    • Jaded_Reprobate

      January 21, 2015 at 14:41

      I agree with you…. Battlefield would be more likely to pull a WW2 game off

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      • Guild

        January 21, 2015 at 14:43

        Definitely. BF would be the right fit for a WW2 setting

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        • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

          January 21, 2015 at 14:43

          Call of Duty 2 was the prefect fit for WW2 as well 😉

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          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 14:44

            That was the last CoD that I enjoyed. 🙂

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 21, 2015 at 14:47

            Yeah me 2, dont think i ever played 1 after that, except multiplayer on modern warfare and so

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 14:48

            I played Black Ops, just couldn’t bring myself to finish it. Waste of time.

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 21, 2015 at 14:50

            LOL i didnt even bother, see any call of duty game in a shop and i’m “meh”.

          • Viking Of Science

            January 21, 2015 at 14:47

            Shut up Old man, CallaDoody only got gud at Mordurn wurferz! 😛

            Also, this experience sums up Modern Shooter culture: http://www.gameoftheyear420blazeit.com/

          • Hammersteyn

            January 21, 2015 at 14:53

            I hope his eardrums are as wrecked as mine 😛

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 14:53

            hahahaha

          • Guild

            January 21, 2015 at 14:53

            I don’t know many people who buy CoD for the SP. I still haven’t played the Advanced Warfare SP yet. Last one was MW3. CoD’s main focus is the MP, pretty much why the SP is only 5 hours long. The game would be to slow if it was a WW2 setting.

          • RinceThis

            January 21, 2015 at 15:29

            ohhhh

    • Hammersteyn

      January 21, 2015 at 14:41

      Maybe Kevin Spacey travels back in time with all the Atlus tech?

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      • ToshZA

        January 21, 2015 at 14:41

        Or you control the armies from behind a bookcase?

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        • Daniel

          January 23, 2015 at 06:45

          I see what you did there 😉

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      • Jaded_Reprobate

        January 21, 2015 at 14:41

        in the Tardus?

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      • Mossel

        January 21, 2015 at 14:44

        O_O

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 21, 2015 at 14:48

        Not the Spacey man please..0_o

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 21, 2015 at 14:47

      Would suit my reflexes perfectly

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  5. Hammersteyn

    January 21, 2015 at 14:38

    Bom per haba!

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  6. Ryanza

    January 21, 2015 at 14:39

    It’s time for Call of Duty to built a new fucking gaming engine from the ground up. Maybe then will I give it a try again.

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    • Daniel

      January 23, 2015 at 06:46

      AW has it. They only recycled a few stuff but the core is brand new

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  7. ToshZA

    January 21, 2015 at 14:39

    I think CoD has officially run out of ideas. They stretched the last 7 games so thin the campaigns had to be only 6 hours each, and now they’re just rebooting.

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  8. Spy Master Tokashi

    January 21, 2015 at 14:40

    It is time for COD to just die and get over it 😉

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    • ToshZA

      January 21, 2015 at 14:41

      Hear hear!

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 21, 2015 at 14:41

      Not so long people buy it……….every……….single……….year.

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      • ToshZA

        January 21, 2015 at 14:43

        Well, let’s hope that this will finally kill fans expectations to the point of not buying it again.

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        • Daniel

          January 23, 2015 at 06:48

          So you wish a game franchise fails for no reason? You are not a true gamer sir

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          • Spy Master Tokashi

            January 23, 2015 at 09:38

            You are also not a true gamer. True gamers do not play this crap… sheep

    • Ghost In The Rift

      January 21, 2015 at 14:45

      Hear 2

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    • Daniel

      January 23, 2015 at 06:47

      I will always buy it, get over it

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      • Spy Master Tokashi

        January 23, 2015 at 09:38

        I was over it after COD 4, little sheepy

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  9. Hammersteyn

    January 21, 2015 at 14:42

    Zombie DLC. Calling it now.

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    • Kikmi

      January 21, 2015 at 14:43

      Duh $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ 0.O

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    • Generic ZA

      January 22, 2015 at 11:44

      So basically you want COD WW Z?

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  10. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    January 21, 2015 at 14:44

    YEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS! 10/10 will play… Probably pirate, but still xD

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    • ToshZA

      January 21, 2015 at 14:44

      Still not worth the money.

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      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        January 21, 2015 at 14:47

        I loved the WW1 and WW2 games. MoH and CoD was pretty epic.

        Hopefully they can get back to a historically correct rich story line…

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  11. Hammersteyn

    January 21, 2015 at 14:47

    They were progressing rather nicely into the future. I would have thought COD colonial marines would be on the cards next.

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    • ToshZA

      January 21, 2015 at 14:54

      CoD: Starship Troopers. I’d play that.

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  12. Quo Vadis?

    January 21, 2015 at 14:52

    If they steer clear from this sci-fi crap, I’ll buy it again.

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  13. Captain JJ Saga

    January 21, 2015 at 14:56

    Historical = anything that had occurred in the past
    Historic = notable event in the past

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  14. Viking Of Science

    January 21, 2015 at 14:58

    LEAKED BETA BUILD OF 2015 COD!: http://www.gameoftheyear420blazeit.com/

    I just want everyone to see this, and possibly play for like 35 seconds….

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  15. Ghost In The Rift

    January 21, 2015 at 15:03

    Dishonored and Singularity my best FPS picks.

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    • loftie

      January 21, 2015 at 15:32

      *deus ex 1 and system shock 2*

      there, I fixed it for you. 🙂

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 21, 2015 at 15:48

        lol oh yeah, deus ex human revolution was epic, so much fun, that to me is what watchdogs should have been.

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  16. Anon A Mouse

    January 21, 2015 at 15:04

    Why not take to the sky and do a fighter squadron campaign. I’ll actually buy that. Start as a rookie earning your wings up to squadron leader. Fighting all over the world as you progress.

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  17. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 21, 2015 at 15:29

    If Call of Dooty goes World War 1, I might just have to pick it up.

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 21, 2015 at 15:43

      Banana warfare?

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        January 21, 2015 at 16:08

        Massacres in the Fruitbowl.

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  18. Matthew Holliday

    January 21, 2015 at 16:02

    call of duty 2 was perfect, world at war was… less so.
    the best was stil MoH pacific assault thought, if felt dirty and gritty, the atrocities commited in the war felt real and the enemy was relentless. tried playing it again recently, and it so isnt what i remember.

    gaming went through a WW2 period that totally killed it, but that was 10 years ago now i guess, so going back there now, would feel fresh again, allowing modern shooters time to cool off and re-evaluate etc.

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  19. Ragnar The Vengeful

    January 21, 2015 at 16:18

    I’d like WWII weapons in MP. Having only four or five faction specific weapons will make it WAAAAY easier to balance the bloody things. The most MP fun I’ve had was with COD and COD2. No funky gadgets, No killstreak OP kill them all bonuses. Just pure FPS, aim for the head, balanced, fun.

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  20. Burkey99

    January 22, 2015 at 01:17

    I think this is what call of duty needs. Go back to its roots and out of all three of the developers, the only one I trust is treyarch. The only problem with treyarch is the connection has never been as stable as an infinity ward game. Really let down by advance warfare. The exo suit is what gets to me the most. The other day, I was playing hardpoint and just took a step back and watched everything going on around me. The boosting looked ridiculous and it doesn’t belong in call of duty. world war 2 on next gen is a must have. It would feel fresh to go back to basics. going back to world war 2, cod would lose the fans of the hi tech crap but it would gain back the fans they once lost.

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  21. Inman Michael

    January 22, 2015 at 03:13

    Back to WW2 or any where that doesn’t have a bloody exo-suit or jet pack would be fine with me, if i wanted to play that sort of game i would buy Halo, I miss the glory days of MW or World at War and guns that fire bullets and not laser beams and I know im not the only one of a certain generation of gamers who feel this way, game makers would do well to listen to the mumblings of discontent echoing around game lobbies

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  22. Rock789

    January 22, 2015 at 07:57

    Hear hear. Would love another great WW2 shooter – particularly Call of Duty. Began playing COD2 again recently and man, it’s still such a great shooter. And fun (even though I’ve decided to try it on Veteran immediately… Damn, it’s brutal in some locales!). The good ol’ days (literally). Would love another.

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    • Quo Vadis?

      January 22, 2015 at 08:03

      I actually think MoH was better, but both were epic. Sadly, MoH no longer exists, but CoD still has an opportunity to turn things around.

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  23. CypherGate

    January 22, 2015 at 11:02

    Its time for Call Of Duty to go away.

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  24. Dapure

    January 25, 2015 at 16:35

    I have at least 50 friends I’ve been gaming with for 10+ years and also had a group get sponsored during the COD2 series .. The WWll package was far superior to what transpired after it’s demise and it left a lot of people venturing out into other avenues. A return to WWll series and the real / natural feel the game had then would certainly bring 1000s back to the game. I support this 1000%

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