When people usually talk about games in the first person shooter genre, it is inevitable that the “Call of Duty” franchise will be brought up in the conversation.
The franchise started back in 2003 on Microsoft Windows and later expanded to consoles and handheld, with a variety of sequels and spin-offs. As of February 2016, the “Call of Duty” series has sold over 250 million copies, with collective sales of all the “Call of Duty” games amounting to US$15 billion.
However, “Call of Duty’s” popularity has reached a point of decline over the past years. CNBC’s Chris Morris wrote about the current situation of Activision’s “Call of Duty” franchise back in June, particularly how “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” has fallen far short of its predecessors.
Although “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” was not met with much positivity, Morris did, however, point out that reactions to “Call of Duty: WWII” has been largely positive.
At present day, a recent job listing was published by “Call of Duty” studio, Treyarch, has been circulating online, PlayStation LifeStyle. The job listing specifically sought applicants that have “deep knowledge base of firearms and modern military technology.”
The current arc in the “Call of Duty” games have been delving heavily on futuristic and historical outings. With the existence of the job listing criteria, fans are now wondering if the series is going back to modern day settings.
The listing also specifies the job title, as Combat Systems Designer, which was also tweeted out by Design Director David Vonderhaar. The listing states:
The skills & experience you’ll need:
- 4 or more years of combat & game systems design experience on one or more shipped action games with Player-centered, moment to moment gameplay systems.
- 1 or more shipped multiplayer games, with an excellent understanding of action-oriented Multiplayer gameplay, and highly familiar with recent Call of Duty Multiplayer mechanics.
- Excellent written and verbal communication and organizational skills.
Absolute passion for playing and making video games, paired with a professional attitude.
- Excel in a team environment, self-motivated, and egoless.
And you’ll really get our attention if you have:
- Combat design experience on a AAA competitive shooter.
- Previous design experience owning entire categories of gameplay content both at the moment to moment and systems level.
- Deep knowledge base of firearms and modern military technology.
- Prestige 1 or above in Black Ops 3 Multiplayer.
Taking into consideration the reviews of the previous “Call of Duty” sequels and spin-offs, it is not a crime to think that Treyarch will be trying a fresh approach when it comes to upcoming sequels. A return to modern-day setting could very much bring players back to the fold.
Also, the release of the listing may not be a direct confirmation that it would have anything to do with the content of their upcoming game, but information regarding past “Call of Duty” titles have often been teased in similar ways. So this kind of speculation is not at all ludicrous. On that note, fans of the franchise will have to just wait and see whether their beloved “Call of Duty” will return to form or not.