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Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII

How The New Call Of Duty Reinvents Old Battlegrounds on Newsweek hears from Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg about Call of Duty: WWII, the just-released military shooter that revisits its original setting (thanks GameSpot). One tidbit from the conversation is how this return to World War II came to be, as Hirshberg explains that the developers at Sledgehammer wanted to go back to the future and make Advanced Warfare 2 before the executive branch exerted creative influence:

“Sledgehammer wanted to make Advanced Warfare 2,” Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg told Newsweek. A sequel to 2014’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare seemed obvious, as it was regarded positively by fans and critics alike. But Hirshberg and his colleagues saw a deeper trend emerging from their millions-strong audience. Many fans called for the franchise to return to its real history roots; the first six installments of the multi-billion dollar franchise were all set during World War II. And he was confident that Sledgehammer would be the studio to go there. “We knew they would become historians, that they would tackle it with authenticity, give it tremendous care and we also knew they would capture the unspeakable scale of World War II.”

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15. Re: Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII Nov 9, 2017, 17:06 Tipsy McStagger
 
World war 2 is weirdly cool/touching to everyone here that's why.

Almost everyone here has a relative that fought in that war. It's also the last biggest conflict..

Once world war 3 comes and goes.. they'll never stop making video games about that one either.

Anyways, here's my favorite world war 2 character:
Mad Jack Churchill
 
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14. Re: Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII Nov 9, 2017, 16:57 DangerDog
 
DanL wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 15:18:
Really wish Infinity Ward kept the CoD franchise. They were the only ones to do it justice.

That version of IW doesn't exist anymore, they broke off to form Respawn Entertainment.
 
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13. Re: etc. Nov 9, 2017, 16:32 Squirmer
 
Short version: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$  
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12. Re: etc. Nov 9, 2017, 16:30 deqer
 
Lies.  
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11. Re: Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII Nov 9, 2017, 15:45 jdreyer
 
I guess I'm glad they did WW2. That means Battlefield won't do WW2. I'd much prefer a BF game of Vietnam or Korea than a CoD game.  
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10. Re: Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII Nov 9, 2017, 15:18 DanL
 
Really wish Infinity Ward kept the CoD franchise. They were the only ones to do it justice.  
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9. Re: Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII Nov 9, 2017, 14:24 Hoop
 
DangerDog wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 12:35:
Let's shoot Germans again, they won't mind.

They shot first!
 
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Um .. Behind you...
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8. Re: Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII Nov 9, 2017, 12:35 DangerDog
 
"We're running out of politically correct facsimiles of human soldiers to be the enemy in our games"

Let's shoot Germans again, they won't mind.

I think they should buy up the license to G.I.Joe

Cobraaaaaaaaaaa!
 
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7. Re: Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII Nov 9, 2017, 11:51 PacoTaco
 
It should read, we were happy to do Advanced Warfare 2 until EA shipped BF1 then we shit our pants and panicked. We forced Sledge Hammer to do a WWII version, so give me credit for doing that and please do not let Bobby fire me.  
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6. Re: Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII Nov 9, 2017, 11:12 SpectralMeat
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 11:07:
Bill Borre wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 10:59:
Bobby is gone? Guess I'm out of the loop.

Hirshberg is CEO of Activision, which is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, of which Bobby is CEO.
Ahh that explains it, thanks Beamer
 
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5. Re: Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII Nov 9, 2017, 11:10 Retired
 
as it was regarded positively by fans and critics alike.

Not true.
 
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4. Re: Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII Nov 9, 2017, 11:07 Beamer
 
Bill Borre wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 10:59:
Bobby is gone? Guess I'm out of the loop.

Hirshberg is CEO of Activision, which is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, of which Bobby is CEO.
 
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3. Re: Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII Nov 9, 2017, 11:06 SpectralMeat
 
Bill Borre wrote on Nov 9, 2017, 10:59:
Bobby is gone? Guess I'm out of the loop.
I didn't know he wasn't with Activision either.
 
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2. Re: Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII Nov 9, 2017, 10:59 Bill Borre
 
Bobby is gone? Guess I'm out of the loop.  
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1. Re: Why Call of Duty Reenlisted in WWII Nov 9, 2017, 10:25 Creston
 
"Because we're creatively bankrupt and genuinely can't come up with anything else."
 
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