Call of Duty 2017 Will Take Franchise ‘Back To Its Roots’

“Traditional combat will once again take center stage.”

Activision says this year’s Call of Duty will “take Call of Duty back to its roots.”

In a call reporting fourth quarter 2016 earnings, Activision elaborated that “traditional combat will once again take center stage” in this year’s title, which is currently in development from Sledgehammer Games.

Activision also commented on the lower-than-expected sales of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare last year, noting that the “space setting didn’t resonate” with players, and Infinite Warfare “wasn’t the success we planned.”

Still, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg noted on a call following the earnings report that “we’ve never been more excited creatively or commercially about our three-year Call of Duty slate.”

A slide from Activision's Q4 2016 earnings report

A slide from Activision’s Q4 2016 earnings report

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launched last fall and went on to be the best-selling game in the United States for 2016 despite not hitting the heights of previous Call of Duty sales.

For our thoughts on the space setting, read more in IGN’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare review.

Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and will also go back to his roots this year. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter.

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