Call of Duty: World War II goes back to the well

Remember when we were all so excited for the Call of Duty series to leave its well-trodden World War II roots behind? Apparently, after a decade of increasingly futuristic entries in the series, the series is finally ready to return to its roots.

The game was revealed overnight on the official Call of Duty website, along with the promise of a formal trailer drop on April 26. From the publisher:

Call of Duty returns to its World War II roots with Call of Duty: WWII, developed by Sledgehammer Games. More details are incoming during the game’s Worldwide Reveal livestream on Wednesday, April 26 featuring Sledgehammer Games co-studio heads and founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield. Fans will be able to tune in to get a first look at Call of Duty: WWII and get intel on the studio’s vision for the game.”

Call of Duty: WWII will mark the series’ first return to the World War II period since Treyarch’s World at War in 2008. That title followed Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the game that began series’ pivot towards, well, more modern warfare.

This back-to-our-origins approach also follows last year’s Battlefield 1, which took the other annual, globally popular shooter franchise back to more familiar, historical territory — though in Battlefield 1‘s defense, that game did attempt to mine content from a period of human conflict often unexplored by video games.

Activision hasn’t announced a release date as of the time of writing — that will likely come during next week’s livestream — however Call of Duty titles do tend to drop during November so it’s a safe bet we’ll be seeing it arrive then.