In another fine example of developers praying on the hopes and dreams of their fans, Sledgehammer Games are causing a divide between the Call of Duty community with something as simple as a New Year's Greeting.
Posting on Twitter at the turn of 2017, Sledgehammer Games put out the tweet seen above. While everybody knows there's no such thing as the Year of the Hammer, some are assuming its a hint as to where the next Call of Duty is headed. With Sledgehammer Games putting out this years iteration, all eyes are on them to deliver a setting that isn't quite as futuristic as the last few.
Latching onto the fact that Infinity Ward teased Infinite Warfare in a similar fashion at the turn of 2016, the ticking combination lock video combined with the tweet's wording has fan speculation taking them from anywhere between 1906 and the next millenium. Other users, however, have noted how 2017 is the 'Year of the Rooster' in the zodiac calender mentioned in the tweet.
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Though the year 1906 crops up in the video, there were no large-scale conflicts happening around that time with the Great War not kicking off until at least 8 years later. Latching onto the wording of the offending tweet, the more solid speculation lends itself to a Vietnam War setting when you consider that the Year of the Rooster once fell on 1969.
We've had Vietnam-era shooters before with Battlefield covering the era themselves in the 2000s. But with the focus of multiplayer shooters returning to the 20th century lately, it looks like Sledgehammer Games may usher in that return for the Call of Duty franchise. It's a long shot, but players will take anything they can get.