Activision’s highly popular “Call of Duty” franchise had been a hit among fans since its inception back in 2003. Fans have shown so much support to the developers that new “Call of Duty” games now usually come out annually. Keeping with that tradition of a new title each year, Activision, on Friday, April 21, announced the latest entry in the franchise, named “Call of Duty: WW2.” Following the announcement, leaked images also appeared which look to be from the same game.

‘Call of Duty: WW2’ report and leak

During the announcement, Activision said that Sledgehammer Games are the developers behind the upcoming title and they further added that a more in-depth look at “Call of Duty: WW2” will greet fans during a livestream scheduled to be held Wednesday, April 21.

Sledgehammer Games co-studio heads and founders Glen Schofield and Michael Condry will conduct the livestream. At the time of writing this article, the countdown clock featured on the official page for the game shows just over four days and 13 hours left to go for the stream.

“Fans will be able to tune in to get a first look at Call of Duty: WWII and get Intel on the studio’s vision for the game,” states the official announcement page.

Just after the announcement was made, a Redditor noticed low-res images purportedly belonging to the new game in the login page for “Call of Duty” profiles. The three leaked images offer a first glimpse as to the look and feel of the game. However, the leaked renders do not give any clue as to the gameplay details and are just necessary screenshots which serve the purpose of giving fans a brief idea about the graphical quality of the in-game engine.

These images have since been reportedly taken down by the developers.

Previous ‘Call of Duty’ games

The last title in the franchise was “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” and it was released on November 4, 2016. The game was set in a futuristic setting, and the reveal trailer garnered widespread criticism from fans that were unhappy with the franchise’s direction.

However, upon release, critics and gamers alike, gave it positive reviews. It scored an impressive 8 out of 10 in GameSpot’s review and 7.7 out of 10 for IGN. Players appreciated the single-player campaign and also the cooperative multiplayer mode, known as Zombies. However, the usual multiplayer mode was criticized for lack of innovation.

Fans have been demanding that the franchise goes back to its root – the World War 2 setting on which the initial titles were based upon. It seems developers have finally listened to the “Call of Duty” community at large. Fans can catch the April 26 livestream of “Call of Duty: WW2” starting 10 a.m. PT/ 1 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. BST.