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!

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.

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