Activision is gearing up towards the next Call of Duty game that will be released later this year. The publisher has confirmed that the next installment will be following the developer cycle and Sledgehammer Games will be incharge of working on this year’s shooter.

The Activision seems to be taking things quite seriously this time as the studio has issued an announcement revealing that Call of Duty 2017 will be returning to its root. The recent installments in the franchise took the CoD series far away from its original roots of history based war events and combat to a whole new level of space combat with fiction and all other futuristic stuff.

During the company’s recent earnings call, Activision COO Thomas Tippl acknowledged the fact that last year’s Call of Duty Infinite Warfare didn’t made up to the gamers’ expectations due to the lower number of sales. “It’s clear that for a portion of our audience, the space setting just didn’t resonate.” he said.

While the Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said that the Call of Duty Infinite Warfare was filled with a great number of innovations, yet the game failed to appeal all of their fans. However, this year’s game will be going back to its basics and also hinted that the game was cleared for development two years ago and will be revealed anytime soon. The publisher unveils the new Call of Duty game during the month of April or May every year.

See also: Call of Duty 2017 May Be Set in Vietnam – Report

It’s clear that the studio has decided to drop its plan of new shooter with futuristic settings. The Call of Duty Infinite Warfare is the second most disliked video on YouTube with more than 3.4 million dislikes. Let’s see what the studio have for the fans. The popular franchise debuted in 2003 with a WWII story. Stay tuned for more updates!

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