Call of Duty: WWII developer Sledgehammer Games had originally wanted to make Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 2, before Activision executives asked them to take on real-life history instead and then bring the whole thing back to WWII because we just cannot get enough WWII rehashing, apparently.
Speaking to Newsweek, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg explained that, "Sledgehammer wanted to make Advanced Warfare 2", but added that the publisher had seen the increasing calls from fans to return to the series' roots, and head back to the 1940s.
"We knew [Sledgehammer] would become historians," Hirshberg continued, "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."
It's not entirely clear when this discussion took place, with Advanced Warfare the first part of an unofficial trilogy of futuristic Call of Duty games from the series' various developers – followed by Black Ops 3 and Infinite Warfare.
Whatever the timeframe, it seems to have been a wise move – CoD: WWII has doubled Infinite Warfare's launch sales- so this one is a financial win for Activision regardless.
Still, Sledgehammer's Advanced Warfare 2 would have probably been pretty fantastic.