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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:15am 11/06/08 | 37 Comments
It was inevitable Activision wouldn't sit on the Call of Duty franchise, especially after the huge success that was, and remains to be, Call of Duty 4. Recently reports of Call of Duty 5 being in the works and going back to the series' WWII roots began to surface with further speculation Infinity Ward would not be involved in the project.

These reports and speculation have all but been officially confirmed by Activision themselves. The series is indeed heading back to WWII, this time focusing more on the Pacific end of the campaign. Call of Duty 5: World at War will be developed by Treyarch, who were responsible for COD3, and will utilise the same engine used for COD4 with a host of new features and gameplay innovations.

According to reports, players will have the ability to burn buildings and set grass on fire in this iteration, while a new Flamethrower weapon will also be introduced. For the most part, you'll play as the US fighting the Japanese, however, it has also been revealed you'll play campaigns as the Russians invading Germany. Another new feature for the single-player mode will see you having the ability to finally command your troops in the field, while multiplayer will borrow heavily from the COD4 blue-print with Perks derived from WWII-centric abilities and uses.

The reports go on to say the lead build of the game is the Xbox 360 platform, however, it is being developed for PS3 and PC as well. Rumour also has it Infinity Ward are now working on COD6 which will continue its focus on Modern Warfare (though this is just a rumour for the time-being).

We contacted Actvision Australia for anything absolutely official, but were unable to get any comment from them. As soon as we see anything in the way of screens, press releases or videos though, you'll be the first to know.



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Latest Comments
Jabroney
Posted 11:21am 11/6/08
why doesn't anyone wanna do WWI? Was it not the great war?
ravn0s
Posted 11:35am 11/6/08
cod is becoming the next medal of honour :/
TicMan
Posted 11:57am 11/6/08
Oh cool, a WWII game!
Midda
Posted 12:07pm 11/6/08
I want a cool Vietnam game, screw WWII.
darkjedi
Posted 12:21pm 11/6/08
Oh awesome. A WW2 game! I wonder if they'll slip the D-Day beach landing in again just for good measure, then whisk you off to the Pacific?

Actually if they wanted to be different, adding a mission involving a certain Enola Gay could be just the ticket they need to set this one aside from the rest. Sure that's really in bad taste, but it's probably one of the few things that hasn't been done in a WW2 shooter yet. That or making a POW camp simulator?
reso
Posted 12:26pm 11/6/08
Oh awesome. A fantasy game! I wonder if they'll slip the Laser Rifle beach landing again just for good measure, then whisk you off to the Rocket Launcher?

Actually if they wanted to be different, adding a mission involving a certain Camping F** could be just the ticket they need to set this one aside from the rest. Sure that's really in bad taste, but it's probably one of the few things that hasn't been done in a fantasy shooter yet. That or making a jump pad simulator?
StreX
Posted 12:32pm 11/6/08
nah pacific campaign should be good. there's only so many times you can storm omaha.

i really liked moh pacific assault as i much prefer shooting japs over germans.
infi
Posted 12:42pm 11/6/08
i prefer shooting mulims so cod4 is awesome but i never get sick of WW2.
paveway
Posted 12:45pm 11/6/08
f*** off cod4 just came out like 8 months ago

think i'd wait for the next modern warefare one

yeah shooting mulims is quite fun
Twisted
Posted 12:49pm 11/6/08
why doesn't anyone wanna do WWI? Was it not the great war?
And do what...sit in a trench and watch yourself get trench foot...then run out at the enemy trench spend weeks of action in game to progress 15 meters...
autolux
Posted 12:51pm 11/6/08
man, thats a step back.. if its not an endless barrage of WWII documentaries, its an endless barrage of WWII games... it's so annoying, it was boring as hell 4 or 5 years ago...
infi
Posted 12:53pm 11/6/08
and don't forget get mown down by machine guns and poisoned by chlorine gas. sounds like hella fun.
parabol
Posted 12:56pm 11/6/08
How about making an Iraq war game?

OBJECTIVE: Find weapons of mass destruction.

The thing is, the map doesn't actually have WMDs and there are infinitely respawning enemies.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 12:56pm 11/6/08
Pfft, WWII. What everyone really wants is a game where you can use chaingun with tactical nuclear warhead tipped bullets. Fire a few hundred rounds of those puppies and your sure to get a few frags.
infi
Posted 01:09pm 11/6/08
OBJECTIVE: Find weapons of mass destruction.


No, the objective is "Find a cheap plentiful supply of oil."
parabol
Posted 01:14pm 11/6/08
What everyone really wants is a game where you can use chaingun with tactical nuclear warhead tipped bullets

Does anyone remember the SuperWeapons7 mod for the original Doom?

Imagine shooting the BFG twice as fast as the chaingun. Was fun in multiplayer :)
fade
Posted 01:35pm 11/6/08
darkjedi - it's been done too (POW) http://pc.gamezone.com/gamesell/p18145.htm
Blade-Runner
Posted 01:45pm 11/6/08
I think its good news all round. Past Pacific theater games have been poor So here's hoping they do a good job on it. A CoD Vietnam would be good too.
trog
Posted 02:07pm 11/6/08
Yeh a good Pac theatre would be interesting. Also: "however, it has also been revealed you'll play campaigns as the Russians invading Germany" - I suspect this won't be as historically accurate; there's only so much raping and pillaging you can put in a video game (probably zero)
FraktuRe
Posted 02:14pm 11/6/08
Treyarch.

TREYARCH.

Fail.
Raven
Posted 03:03pm 11/6/08
Meanwhile, back in another game studio:

Designer: Guys guys, I just had this great idea for a game that I reckon will go down really well... wait for it... we're going to do a game based on World War Two.
Board member #1: ... Release the lions.
Board member #2 through 7: Nono, I think he's onto something, that could really sell.


Sigh.

Somebody bring back traditional FASA please. No, not the Microsoft bulls*** butchered version of the team, actual FASA. Or Dynamix.
Hyperslide
Posted 03:50pm 11/6/08
hmmmm WWII ain't that bad ... I am looking forward to it ...

Maybe they should look at us Aussies for inspiration and do Kakoda Trail... Now I don't think thats been done and it has all the right ingredients for a good game
qmass
Posted 04:08pm 11/6/08
Treyarch.

TREYARCH.

Fail.
infi
Posted 04:11pm 11/6/08
They are making games that people want to play, and which actually sell.

What a brilliant f*****g idea...
parabol
Posted 04:16pm 11/6/08
They are making games that people want to play anyway, and which actually sell anyway.

Fixed.
infi
Posted 04:47pm 11/6/08
You make it sound like people willingly buy crap products instead of comparing and reading reviews.

That's why I skipped ET:QW for example even though I was hyped to buy it.
Le Infidel
Posted 06:06pm 11/6/08
Why dont they make an fps about the middle east peace process. You could be like Hans Blix, the other jew diplomat guy or even Madeline Albright! Then negotiate end of hostilities of the war through peace! A bloodless campaign of intrigue.
Mr Solis
Posted 07:04pm 11/6/08
bah, i think i'll wait for the CoD game with IW at the helm... :(
Raven
Posted 08:52pm 11/6/08
Why dont they make an fps about the middle east peace process.

Oh come on, can you imagine the PC crowd's reaction if you put out a game where the factions consisted of Israel, USA, US-occupied-Iraq, Turkey etc vs Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Iran... yeh I think not :/
whoop
Posted 09:31pm 11/6/08
They should look towards the future wars where everyone has 3 heads, is wearing HAZMAT suits, the earth is radioactive and we shoot lazers from our eyeballs. F*** yeah what an awesome game that would be.
Bah
Posted 05:15pm 16/6/08
Wouldnt the lasers from the eyeballs pierce your own hazmat suit? You havent thought this through too clearly have you?
Dan
Posted 05:48pm 16/6/08
Considering how solid CoD, CoD 2 and CoD 4 was, and how forgettable CoD 3 was, I find it pretty tough to get excited about this one. Infinity Ward just seem to have something that Treyarch don't.
infi
Posted 06:05pm 16/6/08
i'm still jizzing all over cod4. gimme a break plsk.
cam
Posted 03:22am 29/6/08
Well i think this call of duty will be different because u can have perks and create a class but with WWII weapons, i want to see what they bring out.
Le Infidel
Posted 06:57am 29/6/08
a tommy gun with freakin lazer beams is what I want
FearlessFLY
Posted 09:06pm 17/7/08
Seeing COD5 will be set in the pacific , it'll be a nice change to have the Australian soldiers playing their part as they bravely did.....not holding my breath on that one though :(
Crakaveli
Posted 11:36pm 17/7/08
lol like that will happen, most Americans don't know Australians were even in WW2.
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