Call of Duty 5 will apparently be returning to a familiar setting: World War II.
Articles in both UK print magazine games and Official Xbox Magazine have confirmed that Call of Duty 5, being developed by Treyarch, will take the series back to the battlefields of World War II. Treyarch was the development team behind Call of Duty 3 (pictured); Infinity Ward was the developer of the wildly successful Call of Duty 4.
Though Call of Duty 4 took place in a modern setting, rumors that CoD5 would take place during World War II began circulating last December when an ad saying "working experience with First-Person Shooter or Third-Person Shooter genres (console or PC). And if you're a fan of World War 2 shooters, then even better!" appeared on Treyarch's web site.
The Wii version is being developed by a separate team within the studio and will apparently support the Wii Zapper hardware. All four versions will use the same engine as Call of Duty 4.
The game will be set in World War II in the Pacific theater and will be the first title in the series to feature four-player cooperative play, as well as vehicles and squad-based play.
The opening scene will reportedly surpass predecessors in its shock factor, as it will depict Japanese soldiers torturing and killing an American prisoner.
"This is a scarier Call of Duty than we've ever seen," said Treyarch's Mark Lamir.