Call of Duty 2017: 4 things you need to know

But action game fans reacted less positively to "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare", which iterated more boldly on franchise formulas, sending players to participate in sci-fi, spacebound conflicts.

This year's Call of Duty game is heading back to the series's roots, Activision said in an earnings conference call Thursday, citing underwhelming sales of Infinite Warfare and negative feedback from fans about the game's setting.

Despite the doom and gloom, the call also promised that in 2017, Call of Duty will "be taken back to its roots and traditional gameplay will take center stage".

Those sales are up 42 percent compared to 2015, with Candy Crush-maker King, which Activision acquired during the year to flesh out its mobile game strategy, contributing to that growth.

Activision also acknowledged the fans' reception, sharing that "Infinite Warfare's" "space setting didn't resonate". The game was first announced two years ago on February 7. Activision typically reveals new Call of Duty games in the spring, either in April or May.

Sledgehammer Games previously developed the highly-rated Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare back in 2014.

Well, that's not something entirely new, taking into account the fact that in the first Call of Duty Black Ops game you were able to sample some of the delights of the Vietnam theater. According to Polygon's report, Tippl was completely aware of the 2016 game's "more than slight" failure, which cost them a huge portion of the fanbase.

Not only this, but developer Sledgehammer Games will be developing the new title.

We don't have any specifics on the exact setting or character details behind this latest installment of Call of Duty, but it will be great to have players' boots firmly on terra firma for a change. It seems that this year's follow-up will course-correct toward something altogether more traditional, based on comments made this week during an investor call hosted by its publisher, Activision. Sledgehammer Games produced the game as its second Call of Duty game. "We can't wait to share more!".

  • Zachary Reyes