Before we can even consider a release date, let’s first discuss a possible announcement date. While Activision and developers Sledgehammer Games have been quiet thus far, the latest rumours on the internet suggest that an April reveal may be likely. Why? It’s based mainly on previous Call of Duty announcements, with 2016’s Infinite Warfare being announced in May, while 2015’s Black Ops 3 had an April announcement.
What we can safely assume is that it’ll either be revealed before, or at, E3 2017 which takes place on 13-15 June this year and is the first year that consumers are able to buy tickets and go along.
Of course, we’ll update this section with more information as soon as we have it, so head back periodically for the latest news.
As with all recent Call of Duty games, we expect Call of Duty 2017 to be available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Also, judging by the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare release, there may be some kind of PS4 exclusivity – with IW, PS4 players got a whole week of access to the multiplayer beta before Xbox One players, and PS4 players were the first to get the first piece of paid DLC in January 2017.
Considering that we don’t even know the name of this year’s game, there’s not a lot to go on in terms of gameplay. What we do know is that Call of Duty 2017 will take the game “back to its roots” according to a slide from Activision’s Q4 2016 earnings report, which can be seen below.
During the same call, Activision noted that the “space setting didn’t resonate” with players and that Infinite Warfare wasn’t the success the company had planned despite being the best-selling game in the US in 2016. The company claims that “traditional combat will once again take centre stage” in this year’s title, leading us to believe that it’ll take a similar path to the Battlefield franchise and base it on a World War like in older games.
Based on the short video clip above, we assume that the upcoming Call of Duty game will be set in London during WW1 or WW2. Why? It’s based mainly on the ‘old engine’ in the video, and the chime that sounds very similar to Big Ben. We’re sold on the idea of a London-based Call of Duty game, but we’ll have to wait and see for now.