According to Activision’s fourth quarter earnings report for 2016, the company was concerned that Infinite Warfare “wasn’t the success we planned”, as Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg stated. Hirshberg also mentioned that the “space setting didn’t resonate” with players as much as the company had hoped it would.
As such, the “2017 title will take Call of Duty back to its roots” and “traditional combat will once again take center stage.” The currently unnamed title is being developed by Sledgehammer Games and the CEO has apparently “never been more excited creatively or commercially about our three-year Call of Duty slate.”
As a reminder, Infinite Warfare was the best-selling game in the US for 2016, even if it didn’t quite reach the numbers of previous titles. So as much as Activision didn’t quite call the game a failure, the company certainly implied it. Granted, the implication might come from the fact that triple A games have huge budgets and often require an exceptional sales number to profit.
That said, Hirshberg was unclear about what he might have meant by “back to its roots” or “traditional combat.” The mention of “space” not going over well almost confirms suspicions that Sledgehammer is indeed working on what was rumored to be a Vietnam set Call of Duty.
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