In a new interview with Polygon, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg has spoken about the process to decide to take Call of Duty franchise back to its roots in 2017 with WWII.
Activision CEO says the decision for this was brought from the higher ups, but with also being open to developer’s input.
The good news is that when we sat down w`ith Michael [Condrey] and Glen [Schofield] and the leaders at Sledge they were immediately super excited about it and they came back with a huge vision not just for how to take us back to our roots, but a lot of new ideas to make it fresh as well.” “I mean three years ago when we dreamed up this game and decided it was time to go back to our roots, we could not have known at that time that the year we would launch it would be a year in which there would be several World War II movies in the theaters and that there would be other competitors going back to historical settings.“ “There’s no other franchise in any medium that I can think of that’s got an annual release, first of all, also that stayed on top of the charts for this many years in a row, Hirshberg said.
If the game’s not familiar enough, then it doesn’t deliver on the things that people love about the franchise.
And we’ve dealt with both ends of that continuum.