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Things We’d Like to See in Call of Duty 2017, Going Back to Its Roots

In this article, we discuss things that we would like to see in the upcoming Call of Duty 2017 installment by Activision.

For the past few years, the massively-popular franchise by Activision has been defined by crazy wallrunning, jetpacks, and space. However, after a oh-not-so-successful year with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare; Activision is looking forward to heading back to the franchise’s roots.

COD 2017 Wishlist

With recent rumors of the next Call of Duty chronicling the events of the World War II, here are some things that we’d like to see in the untitled Call of Duty.

No More Hovering in the Air

I initially started playing COD when Modern Warfare released. Here we’re now, a few years later; hopping around buildings, running on walls, and hovering in the air.

Since we’re talking about ‘going back to its roots’ with the upcoming Call of Duty, one of the first things I’m looking forward to the most is more focus on the ground.

While I loved earlier Call of Duty games with all my heart, the series never seized to disappoint me past Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Moreover, this is the only reason why I switched to Battlefield and haven’t touched Infinite Warfare for almost an year.

A Strong Singleplayer Campaign

While a vast majority of Call of Duty players couldn’t care less about the game’s singleplayer campaign, there are some who thoroughly enjoy it.

When it comes to a strong singleplayer campaign, I’m not only talking about an intriguing narrative but also compelling and well fleshed-out characters who will captivate players and make them return for more.

I, for one, enjoyed the singleplayer campaign of Call of Duty: Ghosts – even if every other thing was abysmal! I think it’s high-time that we get iconic characters like Captain Price, Ghost, Soap, etc.

Ranked System

Almost every competitive video game out there e.g. League of Legends, DotA 2, Rainbow Six: Siege, CS: GO, Overwatch, etc. features a robust ranked system.

I’ve nothing against the series’ Prestige System but, in my opinion, all it details is for how long a player has played the game. When it comes to games like Call of Duty, having a competitive environment can make all the difference in the world.

Being able to see where I stand when compared to the players all across the world should encourage me to play more and keep the experience fresh.

Character Customization

In my opinion, one of the few things that Sledgehammer Games did right with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is character customization – be it in form of sticks, gear, skins, etc.

This is, again, something that almost every competitive shooter in the market has. Not only this will ensure that the experience retains its freshness but it also gives players a sense of fulfillment.

Having a skin or piece of gear that is super-hard to acquire gives you this sense of accomplishment which is something I’d really like to see in the next Call of Duty installment.

No More Weapon Variants

Let’s cut Sledgehammer Games some slack… for it was the studio’s first mainstream Call of Duty game. I, however, hope that the studio learnt its lesson and won’t introduce Weapon Variants in the upcoming Call of Duty.

Weapon Variants, in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, are game-breaking to say the least. Imagine unlocking your favorite AR by reaching Level 45, only to see another player with the varied version of the AR but with increased range and damage.

It’ll surely ruin the entire experience for you. This needs to stop if Call of Duty intends to go to its original roots. Supply Drops can stay in the game but should only drop customization items.

Fix the Spawn System

It’s been a few years since spawn system in Call of Duty has taken the shape of a joke. Ofttimes, you’ll spawn, only to find someone standing directly behind you.

Spawn-trapping has been in the game for quite some time and it’s high-time it gets fixed.

This is currently all I’d like to see in the upcoming COD 2017. Do make sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!