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Call of Duty 'to return to its roots in 2017'

BANG Showbiz logoBANG Showbiz 10/02/2017 Bang Showbiz
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The 'Call of Duty' franchise will return to its roots in 2017.

Eric Hirshberg, the Chief Executive of the video game publisher Activision, has confessed that 'Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare' fell short of fans' expectations and has, therefore, revealed that the money-spinning gaming series intends to go back to basics later this year.

He said on an earnings call: "'Infinite Warfare' had a ton of great gameplay innovations. But it also had a setting that didn't appeal to all of our fans."

This view has been echoed by Activision's chief operating officer Thomas Tippl, who said that "traditional combat will once again take centre stage" in the next 'Call of Duty' game.

The first-person shooter video game franchise is among the most popular in history, and in 2015, 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' was the biggest-selling game of the year.

Sales of the video game series surpassed 250 million worldwide and 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' sales were boosted by a particularly productive spell over the festive season in 2015.

Activision's Rob Kostich​ previously said: "'Call of Duty: Black Ops III' was the top-selling title of 2015 globally by a wide-margin in both units and dollars sold-thru.

"This also marks the seventh year in a row that 'Call of Duty' has been the #1 selling franchise in North America, according to NPD. In fact, Call of Duty has surpassed 250 million units sold life-to-date worldwide.

"This achievement is thanks to the amazing experiences created by all of our development teams, and would not be possible without the incredible passion from the Call of Duty community (sic)."

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