Activision's 2017 Call of Duty outing is taking the series back to its roots, but at the present moment in time the publisher has remained curiously silent on exactly which systems the WWII epic will be coming to. PS4 and Xbox One are a dead cert when it comes to consoles, but the lack of solid confirmation has triggered some speculation that the Switch might get its own version.
That speculation has now gone up a notch thanks to a social media post by Beenox, the Canadian developer responsible for creating the Wii U and Wii versions of Skylanders: SuperChargers and the two Amazing Spider-Man games for Wii U, as well as many other ports.
To create games always more realistic, we have had the pleasure of receiving two representatives of the Canadian Army for us to talk about their experience and their job!
Why is Beenox posting Call of Duty-related content to its social accounts? Well, the studio was responsible for last year's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and the last-gen ports of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, so it does have a prior connection with the series already. However, many Switch owners will be hoping that the link is more to do with Beenox working on a Nintendo version of Call of Duty: WWII. With no Wii U, PS3 or Xbox 360 version forthcoming, what else could Beenox be working on that is Call of Duty-related?
We will no doubt find out for sure at E3.
Thanks to Ballzilla for the tip!
[source twitter.com, via badfive.com]
Don't know how this tweet suggests Nintendo, but it needs to be on Switch.
The Switch needs games like this. Right now it's lacking in so many genres, it has no FPS or sports games(other than that bobblehead NBA game, which isn't out in Europe and has limited appeal). I hope it comes to the Switch, not just a port but done properly.
Oh God no. Make it stop.
I would prefer a BF game on switch. But good for those who like Cod
Dammit. I hope to god I'm not subjected to this.
@liljmoore We need both
Not even ARMS has a stretch like this.
... I would love to have "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered" on Switch. Of course I'm also game for a new one. "Black Ops II" on Wii U was truly excellent.
Not a COD fan but I would certainly buy this for its setting, to support third party on Switch and for a full fledged fps on the go.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE eh? "NBA Playgrounds" came out last Tuesday in Europe! Of course you're absolutely on the mark about variety. No FPS, no hockey, no wrestling, no racing sims, no flight sims, etc, etc...
The fact they've worked on COD ports for the other consoles before I'm not sure how having a couple of army guys over at the office suggests they're working on a Switch port.
@Shiryu My bad, I thought it hadn't come out yet.
@Shiryu I miss the N64 / Gamecube wrestling game glory years so much...
@olrodlegacy check out the articles on badfive also
Whether it's these guys or not, I'd honestly be surprised if the game ISN'T in development for Switch.
this would be a real bonus for the switch. Mind you I cant stand COD but for the system it would be a good game
I don't like these games, but I want these on the Switch. It helps out the system and other third parties will join in.
@olrodlegacy @Robotron2084 What other platform would Beenox be developing the game on if not Switch? It's a console studio.
PS4 and Xbox One will be covered by the "main" team. There's not likely to be a PS3, 360, 3DS or Wii U version.
That'd sell hundreds of copies!
@Damo I have to agree w/ you here, which is kind of throwing off my whole morning. Since CoD:IW skipped PS3/X360 last year, (I had to look that up) releasing only on X1, PS4 and PC, Switch does seem to be the logical leap as Beenox has a history w/ Nintneod consoles. The only other obvious option would be another "Remaster" of a classic CoD game, but I don't know enough about the series as far as which other games in the series might be "Classic" enough to remaster. They have a few OSX and iOS games in their catalog, but I can't imagine CoD on any of those. So it's basically "Switch by process of elimination".
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The support is wonderful if true. I'm more of a Counter Strike guy, so I'll be passing this up. Metroid is the only shooter I want on my Switch.
It would be silly not to release this on Switch.
When you Google 'Nintendo Switch Games', scroll the top banner to the right a bit and you'll see Call of Duty: Black Ops listed...perhaps Google knows something that we don't??
Curiouser and curiouser...
@SLIGEACH_EIRE NBA Playgrounds not out in Europe? I could swear I saw it on eShop; or do you mean physical release?
FPS-wise, there's already Payday 2 announced, but this sure wouldn't hurt either. Although I'm personally holding out more for stuff like Bioshock Collection (played through all three yet would do it again), Dishonored dilogy (playing the first one on PS4 so far, but would double-dip without hesitation) and Prey.
Activision tends to get lots of studios to build multiplayer maps (DLC) designed by the core teams.
I doubt they'd need to talk to anyone about "their experiences" if they was just porting Sledgehammers work to the Switch... UNLESS they are working on an DIFFERENT Call of Duty for Switch.
Maybe, just maybe now that there is no last gen versions of COD games being developed, Beenox are now helping with what ever studio is creating each year's COD game and not ports or spinoff games. Remember that games require more and more resources to create as technology advances.
@rjejr I knew we'd agree on something sooner or later
COD is fun in small doses now and then.
I haven't really played it since Black Ops II
Better they release this at the same time on all platforms, or they will not reach projected sales and blame the console (as always).
@olrodlegacy You read our articles? I wrote the Gamecube one myself.
It breaks my heart to know Syn Sophia (ex AKI Coporation) are now making "Style Savy" games... at least "Fire Pro World" is heading for Steam and PS4, fingers crossed it goes all the way to the Switch eventually.
I'll but it. I've got a pretty varied taste in games, and CoD is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine. Me and a friend spend many an hour playing local multiplayer on CoD so if it'll be there for the Switch I'll happily buy it. I'm sure I read somewhere Nintendo wants to champion local multiplayer with the Switch, which is how I like to play games best. If we get , Mario Kart, Splatoon and Arms, I'm really looking forward to everything the Switch will offer on this front. Can't play Zelda for the rest of my life, as much as I'm trying
COD on the go? As long as it's optimized well.
I like the idea of the new CoD game. I don't mind going back to WW2. Bring it on! The only way I'd play this game would be on Switch anyway.
@MarcelRguez well played !
Im not a fan of Cod anymore, but it would be great to see one launch on switch, and you can be pretty sure other publishers would use it's sales numbers to test the prospects for their own releases.
@Powerballad Thanks! To @Damo's credit, I don't doubt Beenox's involvement with the Switch but with CoD:WWII in particular. My money's on a port of Modern Warfare remastered.
With the current and projected sales of the Switch, Activision would be stupid not to port CoD to it. By all accounts the system is easy to port for (unlike the Wii U), so it would just be leaving money on the table if they didn't.
The CoD series deserves to be three-sixty no-scoped.
@geox30 Same here I just want a FPS on the go. I to am a Battlefield fan but will take this if it happens.
I hope it is a port, day and date please. The two CODs that made it to Wii U were actually pretty good conversions (and given that nobody bought them, they can be had very cheap now).
I really want one of the big AAA publishers to gamble on a Switch port. I'm not convinced there's much of a market but it'll be good to find out and I hope to be wrong.
I don't think this Twitter post implies anything Switch related.
With that being said, I have heard rumors a few weeks ago that COD WWII is coming to the Switch and is being developed by Beenox. More recently, other sources have backed up that claim.
It wouldn't surprise me at if that happened. Activision has a decent relationship with Nintendo, and after COD IW underperforming, it would be best to have COD WWII on as many relevant platforms as possible to help revive the franchise after a rough 2016.
it's probably coming to wii u
I know people are shellshocked by lack of support on Wii U, and yes 3rd parties are reluctant, but usually they'll at least bring a couple games (EA is even bringing a game, so you know Activision will).
I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Call of Duty on Switch. The real question is whether it will sell well enough to stay on Switch
Not a fan but these games are needed for other games to come.
I'm not too sure it's going to happen this year but I'd love to be wrong. This is the first CoD I'm interested in since Modern Warfare 2!
@manu0 back under the bridge with you
This would be fun. Switch needs COD and GTA. Inb4 some fool says "but those are already on ps4." Don't have em so invalid point.
Here is hoping Switch gets COD and it sells well.
Please don't call it an epic.
If it is CoD I do hope rather than a port of WWII it is it's own title like a "side-story". If its a port its always going to be compared to the other releases and may suffer as such. If its unique and built ground-up for the Switch it may even make people double dip.
Of course the negative of this is that it will be under even more pressure to rake in the numbers.
And above all they must avoid another Black Ops Declassified!
The Switch's portability could be the big selling point. Taking COD anywhere and possibly split screen multiplayer with 2 joycons if possible (Dunno if COD has local multiplayer these days but could be worth putting in a Switch version.)
@Damo if true, and Switch COD is already being relegated to outsourced development houses, that is the problem.
There was no way COD wouldn't be outsources to an outside studio.
@gatorboi352 The main team is the PC team. It makes sense they're doing ports to the PC Twins. Switch needs tuning for handheld mode testing/performance and possibly for console-to-console local multiplayer which the other platforms don't support (and PC for some reason seldom allows these days.) So there's more obvious features (even if they don't do joycon motion aiming) that an outside studio (that already has a Nintendo working relationship from WiiU) could handle.
"Main team" at any big studio is going to be the PC & PC clone studio at this point. You might start seeing the PS4 and X1 versions as outsourced ports from the "main team" working with Scorpio/Pro mostly these days. Too many target platforms for one team!
I will probably still do the new COD on the PS4, as most of my gaming buddies are on there, but id love to see Modern Warfare remastered on the switch.
@electrolite77 Check out BadFive for the release date (Nov. 3rd, same as other platforms) and extra details
I don't care if the games are in 480P, I want some of these big 3rd party games on Switch!
@Robotron2084 In case you've become slightly curious about them since this announcement: Beenox has been responsible for practically all Spider-Man games on the Wii, and they used to do Guitar Hero, Marvel and Skylanders titles on Wii U, Wii and 3DS and they also made the Wii port of 007 Quantum of Solace, a game which was made with the COD Modern Warfare engine.
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@JaxonH well put! While A call of duty port certainly wouldn't hurt the Switch library, it's just a matter of how well it sells. The concept of having Mario and company and a call of duty game on the Switch is enticing but having them on Wii U didn't seem to help that system at all. We'll see i guess. Maybe this time it will be different if Switch continues its current sales pace!
At least with Switch 3rd party games seem to be doing ok. Bomberman sales were high, LEGO City Undercover and Puyo Puyo outsold other versions which had 60+ million users, devs seem to be flaunting NeoGeo sales, accessory and attach rates are through the roof...
I think it has a real shot. People are definitely buying and spending on Switch.
@JaxonH I know I am. I even caved and bought Isaac even though I wasn't thrilled with the $40 asking price. But you reminded me of the Best Buy 20% and plus I had 2 BB rewards totaling $15 so I said screw it being there wasn't much else cooking on the Switch at the time. Total damages was $22 which was as close to the $19.99 price I felt it should've been to begin with. Grabbed Puyo also. Holding out on Lego city tho. I agree Switch has a real shot at taking off. Almost Everyday on here and other sites I see new games announced for it! Hardly was the case with Wii U. Hamster is also doing a great job filling a big retro void in the Switch VC's absence! Hopefully at E3 Nintendo will pull back that curtain! GameCube and Dreamcast would be awesome additions to the vc service! 👍
I'd love to see Battlefield. COD doesn't interest me much, but, if the new one is good (and a decent port), I wouldn't mind supporting FPSs on the Switch.
I probably will be buying Payday 2. The portable element really trumps graphics for me, so to have relatively faithful versions of these franchises on the go honestly makes them a more appealing proposition.
No way I'm picking up the new COD on my PS4.
@geox30 exactly how I feel. If it came out for Switch I'd most likely buy it. The switch needs third party support plus it would be nice to play a FPS on the go!
I suck at FPS's and don't particularly love CoD, but I'd sure buy it if it came out for the Switch, if only to show some support.
Hopefully they're right, though as it's "According to new information presented to us by an anonymous source" still nothing concrete yet unfortunately.
Who translated that Tweet, lol? Doesn't anyone double check those things?
Even if it was at 540p but at least 60fps (on par on what seen on wiiu CoD) on portable mode I truly would be happy. And remember they could implement HD rumble. (Of course with motion controls for aiming, playing in the bed with gamepad as a screen was a blast! Not for my back of course )
Would be great of it came to the Switch. We need all the third parties we can get. If it does come to the Switch i'd love to see hybrid stick/motion controls, just like Splatoon, it's just so great for fine aiming.
Day one if true. A Call of Duty that can be played on the TV and on the go would be so awesome. Lunch hour at work would never be the same.
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I want more games on the switch just don't want watered down ports. Can't these publishers spend this money on new ip or at least spin offs of their ip like they do for the 3ds.
Activision hasn't confirmed which platforms COD WWII is coming to??
I thought they already made it 100% clear that it was coming to PS4, XBONE, and PC.
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