The Call of Duty franchise has been all over the place, starting first as a World War II title, coming to the present day, and even into the future. While the latest futuristic title has been…less-than-well received, rival franchise Battlefield is seeing a surge in popularity as a result, in part, of its decision to head back in time to World War I. As it turns out, however, Call of Duty was also considered for a trip further back in time—but unlike the scant century that it takes to go back to the first World War, a new report from GamesRadar states that Call of Duty was considering heading back over two millennia, to the time of Ancient Rome.
According to the report, which you can see for yourself in the video above, Activision subsidiary Vicarious Visions created a
Call of Duty pitch set in the days of Julius Caesar, known as Call of Duty Roman Wars. The player would have controlled soldiers in the 10th Legion, a unit consisting of Caesar’s most trusted men, who no doubt would have undertaken some of his most important missions during the nine years Rome waged war in Gaul. To showcase their idea, the team created a demo level of a battle which could be approached from multiple angles—attacking from a siege tower, riding an elephant, or taking command of catapults—and provided a look at both first- and third-person combat. There was also a coliseum mode for showing off close-range fighting.
It seems that Activision actually rather liked Vicarious’ pitch, but they were reluctant to make a
Call of Duty game set so far in the past. Members of the team behind it, however, very much wanted to see it released under the Call of Duty brand; their resistance of the idea of making it under a new IP led to the concept being abandoned. But who knows—if Battlefield 1 does well and Infinite Warfare falters, perhaps Activision will revisit Roman Wars in the future.
What do you think of this rather different take on
Call of Duty? Would you have liked to play this title and fight for Ancient Rome, or is it a bit too foreign for what the franchise has become known for? Leave a comment with your thoughts and impressions below!