Is Sledgehammer Games teasing the setting for Call of Duty 2017? Fans seem to think so as the developer behind Modern Warfare 3 and Infinite Warfare tweeted out a cryptic video during the new year.
— Sledgehammer Games (@SHGames) January 1, 2017
At first glance the video is nothing more than a cinematic animation as we move from 2016 to 2017. However, some of the more inquisitive fans of the series have started questioning if there’s something more behind it.
During the first day of 2016, developer Infinity Ward did something similar by tweeting out an image of an astronaut in space celebrating the new year. This was months before they announced Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare which took place in the future and in space. So given that precedent, fans are suspecting Sledgehammer Games of doing something similar.
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) January 1, 2016
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Sledgehammer Games Teases Call of Duty 2017
So far there are two main ideas regarding the enigmatic Tweet.
The first is that the next game will return Call of Duty to its roots and take place in the past. The other is the opposite saying that Call of Duty 2017 will take place in, well, 2017.
The former camp points towards the analog clock shown in the video. Compared to more modern technology, the timer in the Tweet runs on gears and older machinery.
In addition to that, the video plays an old European style church bell once the clock hits 2017.
Both of these hint at a game that takes place in the past and is set in Europe. A description that is most apt for World War II.
The other camp is taking the video a bit more literally, looking at nothing more than the number 2017.
Sledgehammer Games co-developed the last Modern Warfare title alongside Infinity Ward. Take note that Modern Warfare 3 took place in the year 2016.
Because of Sledgehammer Games’ history with the franchise as well as the setting of the final MW game, there are a few that thing the next game will continue the series in the present year of 2017.
Alternate History Setting?
Now there is another idea going around as well that’s a bit closer to the first camp but with some elements of the second.
The latest game in the series, Infinite Warfare, takes place in the far future with a fictional setting. Now some are thinking that the trend is going to continue with regards to using fiction for their games.
Given the analog gears found in the Tweet, there are those that maybe the next Call of Duty will take place in the past but won’t follow anything historical.
Instead, people suspect that Sledgehammer Games might be working on a Steampunk setting for the next title. It might be a bit of a stretch, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility.
Perhaps people are reading too much into this Tweet and it’s nothing more than a simple greeting for the New Year. Only time will tell what exactly Call of Duty 2017 will bring.