During their earnings call back in February, Activision made a cryptic statement about the 2017 entry in the Call of Duty franchise, saying the new game would bring the series "back to it's roots." So that kicked off some rumors about the new CoD returning to World War II. As you may recall, WWII was the focus of so many of the early Call of Duty games. It was almost a trope, Call of Duty was synonymous with the Second World War to the point where it was funny. Sort of like how the History Channel was for a while there the Hitler Channel? Yeah, basically like that. And given the debates in late January, early February about the ethics of punching Nazis, naturally I hopped on that rumor mill.
And now a YouTuber, known as TheFamilyVideoGamers has posted a video featuring a lot of rumored concept art for a game called Call of Duty: WWII. TheFamilyVideoGamers has claimed that the images were sent by an anonymous source and are marketing materials, so that title might just be a placeholder, just like Call of Duty 2017 has been used to refer to the game previously.
The images shown in the video are a poster and four sets of steelbook cover concepts with Call of Duty: WWII printed on the spine. One seems to show men on a beach landing, possibly the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
Now, Activision usually launches Call of Duty games in November, with a big reveal between April or May. And it was around this time last year that both Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered were outed by leaks. And the year previous, both Treyarch and Activision teased Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 about a month before the reveal.
So this might not be a case where some crazy games reporters have taken a vague comment and run with it. Maybe it is, maybe this is all an incredibly elaborate hoax or a reveal of concepts for a scrapped game, but the signs are pointing that yes, we will be getting another WWII themed COD.