Anticipated Call Of Duty sequel cancelled by Activision
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An anticipated Call of Duty sequel has been cancelled by Activision, confirms a former creative director at Sledgehammer Games.
The cancelled sequel in question was for 2014's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Developed by Sledgehammer Games, Advanced Warfare was the studio's first primary Call of Duty entry. Up until that point, the development studio offered support to the likes of Infinity Ward.
Despite not being considered to be one of the leading entries in the Call of Duty franchise, Advanced Warfare was still a fun instalment with its futuristic setting between 2054 to 2061. Oh, and it even featured popular The Last of Us actor, Troy Baker in a leading role as Jack Mitchell.
In terms of critical reception, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare earned modest review scores on Metacritic ranging between 78 to 83, depending on the platform. What’s more, while not being the biggest seller in the franchise, as reported by Screen Rant, it reportedly sold a decent 21 million copies worldwide.
However, despite its somewhat modest success, it seems that Activision had plans for Advanced Warfare 2 before those plans were eventually scrapped. As reported by DualShockers, during an interview with MinnMax, former senior creative director at Sledgehammer Games, Bret Robbins revealed that a sequel was in the works.
Robbins also stated that there was even a playable prototype of the sequel. Unfortunately, that project never came to fruition and Activision’s focus soon shifted to Call of Duty: WWII.
“WWII had come back,” said Robbins, “and it felt like a better opportunity.” During that period, there were calls by fans for the series to return to a historic setting and this is something that the bosses at Activision wanted to capitalise on. “I'm glad we did [WWII]”, Robbins explained, but he also felt that an Advanced Warfare sequel “would have been awesome.”
Will we ever see the cancelled Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sequel revived? Only time will tell, but we won't be holding our breath.