Treyarch's 2018 Call Of Duty Game Might Have A Modern Setting

The next Call of Duty game from Treyarch could be set during modern times.
The next Call of Duty game from Treyarch could be set during modern times. Activision

Call of Duty returns to the past with the upcoming Call of Duty: WW2, but it seems the franchise isn’t going to relive old memories for long. According to a job post on the Treyarch website, the developer will make a game in a setting it hasn’t tried before.

This rumor comes from a job listing for a combat systems designer. This role is for creating new and fun ways to kill enemies on the battlefield. While most of the job requirements are what you would expect for a role like this, such as having years of experience in the field, one bullet point sticks out as a clue for what’s next.

The bullet point in question reads: “Deep knowledge base of firearms and modern military technology.” Does this mean the next Treyarch Call of Duty will be set in the modern era? It sure sounds like it.

A modern Call of Duty game would be a first for Treyarch. The company has developed games set during WWII, the Cold War and into the future, but no games during the present.

It may come as a surprise to some to see Treyarch leavebehind its Black Ops line of Call of Duty games, but it looks like more futuristic shooters aren’t coming anytime soon from any Call of Duty developer. In an interview with Game Informer, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg pretty much ended that discussion.

“Oh god [laughs]. Just uh, proba– I don’t know [laughs]. I don’t wanna take a decisive position,” Hirshberg said. “It’s one of those things that, you know, if you stay on the train long enough, the scenery keeps changing.”

Compared to his confidence when talking about developing games set in the past, this is a pretty clear sign the publisher is done with futuristic shooters for now. “I think that World War II and historical settings more broadly are very rich territory, and I think there’s every possibility that that could become an area that we explore more than once,” Hirshberg told Game Informer.

So what do you think? Are you interested in seeing a modern Call of Duty from Treyarch? What era do you want to see take center stage sometime in a Call of Duty game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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