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According to reports from Modern Warzone, which have been verified by Eurogamer sources, the Call of Duty franchise will be returning to the trenches as this year's instalment takes place in World War II. Sledgehammer Games is the team behind what is being called Call of Duty WW2: Vanguard. The two sites disagree on what the setting will entail, however, with Modern Warzone suggesting "the entire game takes place in an alternate timeline where 1945 wasn't the end of World War 2". Eurogamer, meanwhile, believes the currently unannounced entry will remain traditional. We're sure this important detail will be cleared up once the game is revealed.

If the report is true, then Call of Duty WW2: Vanguard will mark the first time Sledgehammer Games has led production of an entry in the Activision franchise since 2017. The studio was supposed to be working in tandem with Raven Software to produce what became known as last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but that plan was scrapped so Treyarch could take over. Sledgehammer Games previously put out Call of Duty: WWII and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, both of which were well received at the time.

Confirmation from Activision probably won't arrive for another couple of months — Call of Duty titles are generally announced around May — but given the fact that Eurogamer has accurately shared series details for years now, you can place a good amount of trust into this report.

Are you excited by a return to World War II, or were you hoping for a different setting? Let us know in the comments below.

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