Earlier today, Activision held their fourth quarter earnings report, where they managed to confirm the release window for Destiny 2. However, there was more news to come out of the presentation, regarding another big title from the publisher.
Activision noted that they were aware of the lower-than-expected sales from the latest entry in the Call of Duty series — Infinite Warfare, however, they have “never been more excited creatively” for their next entry. The upcoming 2017 Call of Duty title will bring players back to “traditional combat” and bring the “franchise back to its roots.”
Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg noted on a call following the earnings report:
[I]t’s clear that, for a portion of our audience, the space setting just didn’t resonate,” he explained. “We have a passionate, experienced studio deeply committed to this direction, and despite the risks we saw, we believe it is important to consider the passions of our game teams in deciding what content to create.
“While it wasn’t the success we planned, it allows us to protect the core tenets of our culture that Bobby discussed: empowering our talented teams to have the chance to pursue opportunities that they are passionate about. Providing an environment that recognizes passion is a critical component of our success, and a process to learn from our mistakes is what makes our company special, and it’s why the most talented people in our industry are attracted to our company.”
That is exciting news for Call of Duty enthusiasts as it seems like the franchise needs to return to its roots if it wants to stay in the positive. However, there is still some time for the release of Sledge Hammers 2017 Call of Duty game.