Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare had soldiers in space, but according to Activision, it didn’t resonate well with players. With that being said, can we expect 2017’s Call of Duty to drop the sci-fi theme and take it back to its roots? Possibly, if the latest rumours prove true.

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When is the Call of Duty 2017 release date?

Before we can even consider a release date, let’s first discuss a possible announcement date. While Activision and developers Sledgehammer Games have been quiet thus far, the latest rumours on the internet suggest that an April reveal may be likely. Why? It’s based mainly on previous Call of Duty announcements, with 2016’s Infinite Warfare being announced in May, while 2015’s Black Ops 3 had an April announcement.

What we can safely assume is that it’ll either be revealed before, or at, E3 2017 which takes place on 13-15 June this year and is the first year that consumers are able to buy tickets and go along. Find out how to buy E3 2017 tickets here.

In terms of release date, Call of Duty games are usually released in the run-up to Christmas, often in the first week of November (Infinite Warfare was released on 4 November 2016, and Black Ops 3 was released on 6 November 2015). With that in mind, we expect Call of Duty 2017 to be released at some point during the first week of November 2017.

Of course, we’ll update this section with more information as soon as we have it, so head back periodically for the latest news.

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What platforms will Call of Duty 2017 be available on?

As with all recent Call of Duty games, we expect Call of Duty 2017 to be available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. There’s an outside chance of a Nintendo Switch release, but since the console is so under-powered relative to its rivals, a fully-featured release would be unlikely.

Also, judging by the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare release, there may be some kind of PS4 exclusivity – with IW, PS4 players got a whole week of access to the multiplayer beta before Xbox One players, and PS4 players were the first to get the first piece of paid DLC in January 2017.

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What is the Call of Duty 2017 gameplay like?

So, what can we expect from Call of Duty 2017? Considering that we don’t even know the name of this year’s game, there’s not a lot to go on in terms of gameplay. What we do know is that Call of Duty 2017 will take the game “back to its roots” according to a slide from Activision’s Q4 2016 earnings report, which can be seen below.

During the same call, Activision noted that the “space setting didn’t resonate” with players and that Infinite Warfare wasn’t the success the company had planned despite being the best-selling game in the US in 2016. The company claims that “traditional combat will once again take centre stage” in this year’s title, leading us to believe that it’ll take a similar path to the Battlefield franchise and base it on a historical World War like in older games.

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But which World War? And which locations? They were called World Wars for a reason, after all. While we will undoubtedly find out more at the announcement of the game, a tweet from developers Sledgehammer Games on 1 January 2017 could give us a hint about the location of the game.

Based on the short video clip above, we suspect that the upcoming Call of Duty game will be set in London during WW1 or WW2. Why? It’s based mainly on the ‘old engine’ in the video, and the chime that sounds very similar to Big Ben. We’re sold on the idea of a London-based Call of Duty game, but we’ll have to wait and see for now.

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