We are approaching a time when several video game companies will begin to present their new products for the second half of the year. One of them is Activision, a company that maintains its strategy of launching a new Call of Duty on an annual basis. Although many expected the 2021 title to be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the sequel to the excellent 2019 reboot, it seems that the publisher’s plans are very different.
Twitter user @Victor_Z, who in the past proved to be a fairly reliable source on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, anticipated that the 2021 proposal will once again bet on a World War II setting. In addition, its development would be in charge of Sledgehammer Games. Let’s remember that the aforementioned studio already has experience with this historical fact, since they were responsible for developing Call of Duty: WWII (2017).
If the leaker’s information is correct, then it is clear that Activision intends to re-explore the greatest armed conflict of the 20th century. This is not too surprising, as the huge Call of Duty community responded best to games with modern settings or based on a real historical context. However, it should be noted that WWII fell far short of gamers’ expectations. Both in its campaign and multiplayer mode.
Although WWII will never cease to be an interesting setting for the franchise, no one can deny that Modern Warfare 2 was the most desired. We deduce that, due to the complexity of developing video games nowadays, the development cycles of a Call of Duty were extended beyond two years. In addition, Infinity Ward took a risk with the introduction of new mechanics and a completely renewed graphic engine.
Another point we cannot overlook is that Call of Duty changed forever after the success of Warzone. Now all studios working on the saga are obliged to integrate their premium game with the battle royale. In this way, they allow Warzone to be constantly renewed with new content and events. This is the key to maintaining the interest of its more than 100 million players.