In a recent Newsweek interview, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg revealed that Call of Duty: WWII developer Sledgehammer Games originally wanted to make a sequel to its 2014 title Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and it was Activision that pushed for a return to the series’ roots.
According to the interview, Hirshberg and the rest of Activision actually wasn’t against the idea of an Advanced Warfare sequel, but the company had also been keeping a close eye on trends within the industry as well as what fans were asking for, and a lot of what it saw made it clear that fans wanted to head back to WWII. With all that in mind, Hirshberg and Activision tasked Sledgehammer with bringing the Call of Duty series full circle, knowing full well that the studio was up to the task:
“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.”
Given how popular Call of Duty: WWII has already proven to be such a short time after its launch, it would seem Activision was right. However, given Hirshberg’s comments, it’s also more than likely that Sledgehammer’s next game (which, going by the three-year development cycle, will arrive in the year 2020) will be Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 2.