It was Sledgehammer Games’ turn to develop the 2017 Call of Duty title and it has now been revealed that the studio originally wanted to make Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 2. Activision had to convince the developer to make Call of Duty: WW2 instead. It recognized the sentiment within the community to take the franchise back to its roots. That’s why Activision convinced Sledgehammer Games to develop Call of Duty: WW2 instead.
When Sledgehammer Games first conceptualized its next CoD title in 2014, a WW2-themed game wasn’t even on its radar.
“Sledgehammer wanted to make Advanced Warfare 2,” Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg told Newsweek, it would have been an obvious decision for the studio to make a sequel to 2014’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Activision saw that fans wanted the series to return to its roots. The first six titles of the Call of Duty franchise were all based during World War 2. It had faith that Sledgehammer could deliver a title that would live up to the community’s expectations.
“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,” Hirshberg said.
Activision was certainly right about what its fans wanted. No wonder Call of Duty: WW2 sales are up almost 60 percent compared to its predecessor. Then again, the fans didn’t really like Infinite Warfare. Even the game’s trailer quickly became one of the most disliked videos on YouTube.