Call of Duty is modern gaming’s behemoth franchise. We can almost set our calendars to a yearly release of the industry’s leading first person shooter game and let’s face it that release strategy hasn’t really worked in the favor of the series overall quality, in fact i’d go as far to say that every game post Modern Warfare 3 has been downright terrible. Now don’t get me wrong the multiplayer is still very good and probably the most polished in the industry but there’s absolutely nothing new, it’s a jack of all trades which doesn’t really excel at any particular gameplay aspect. If I want big open style battles I’m picking up Battlefield, if I want quick paced maneuverability based shooting I’m reaching for Titanfall and for everything else in between I’m still going for Star Wars Battlefront before I pick up a Call Of Duty game.

This is a sentiment that I am familiar with hearing these days and don’t get me wrong I know full well that Call of Duty still has its hardcore following and millions of players everyday still but I honestly do not see the appeal any more. The gameplay while incredibly responsive and polished is predictable and the PvP is…..and I may get some flak for this…. Boring! There has not been a truly great Call Of Duty since Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops 1 with every game since has just been trying to imitate the success of those groundbreaking games. The trouble with that is Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2 were truly next gen leaps for the genre and they were ahead of their times where as every game since Ghosts has been chasing the rest of the pack on the market. Black Ops and Modern Warfare 1 & 2 were true master pieces that gave players the perfect blend of story, PvP action and solid gameplay with neither game needing to rely on gimmicks such as wall running or jet packs to infuse new ideas to the core gameplay mechanics.

There is hope however since Activison has for the moment at least suspended the yearly Call of Duty release schedule and seems to have listened to the fan base. I’m sure the backlash when the Battlefield 1 trailer was released which shown the game going back to the series roots while Call of Duty literally jetted off into space had something to do with it but i’d like to think that the developers themselves have been wanting to go back to what made the series so great in the first place for a while. Previously I’ve been sick to my stomach while the game series that should be setting trends steals from its competitors, hell I’m surprised that Respawn didn’t file a lawsuit for the amount Call of duty has ripped of Titanfall the past few years but since WW2 was announced I can honestly say that for the first time in years I’m excited for a Call of Duty game.

The first trailer for WW2 is near enough like for like the beginning of Saving Private Ryan which automatically gives it a level of cool Call of Duty hasn’t had in a while. There’s been very little released about this upcoming Call of Duty which again is great and a change from the norm, don’t get me wrong we are still months from release and the usual Call of Duty media monster will rear its head soon enough but there is still n air of mystery around the game that is rare these days.

Sledgehammer has shown off the game’s multiplayer on several occasions and as you’d expect its fast, crisp, fluid and fun. It has your regular death match, team deathmatch and capture modes but the new addition is war mode which gives players an objective to achieve such as building a bridge or escorting a tank. I think this new mode is a reaction to Battlefields highly successful campaign lead multiplayer matches which follow each other but in the context of the game I think this will be a fun mode to experiment with and hopefully Sledgehammer can pull it off.

We have also got confirmation that the series best addition will be returning and will apparently be scarier than ever. Zombies mode is back ladies and gentleman and according to an interview with GamesRadar+, Cameron Dayton (Creative Director at Sledgehammer Games) and Jon Horsley (Development Director of Activision) told us that zombies will not be a game you’ll want to play alone in the dark.

Here’s a little snippet of what they had to say.

“I think this is, without a doubt, the scariest version of Zombies that you will have ever seen,” Dayton said. “It’s the perfect storm of technology, and studio talent, and an audience that I just think is ready for something that is going to scare the hell out of them. And I think it is something that I’m going to recommend, for first-time players, do not turn the lights off.”

So from all accounts Call of Duty WW2 is a return to the series roots and hopefully back to its best, not only delivering the holy trinity of story, multiplayer and zombies modes but also paying homage to what made the series great in the first place. I’m going to make a bold prediction here and say that Call of Duty WW2 is going to be the best Call of Duty since Modern Warfare 2 and I’m desperate for the series to pull me back in and innovate in the genre again rather than chasing other titles.

Call of Duty WW2 has a release date of November 3rd 2017 on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. There is also a private Beta open to those who pre order the game on consoles only.