Since Sledgehammer Games’ Vietnam-set Call of Duty title was canned late last year, we’ve gradually learned more and more about the ominous, never-to-be-seen game. And today, a trio of concept images have appeared online detailing some of the ideas behind the third-person spinoff.
In truth, the stills, which come courtesy of entertainment designer Eddie Del Rio, paint a bleak, Apocalypse Now-like picture of the studio’s shelved property. The stark visual style coupled with the jungle setting hints at a Call of Duty campaign that never was; all that seemed to be missing was a solemn voiceover from Martin Sheen.
Speaking with CVG, the company’s co-founder Glen Schofield touched upon the thematic elements of the title, which would have taken inspiration from another reputable franchise that Schofield worked on while at Visceral Games.
“We had the underground tunnels. We were definitely getting some Dead Space moments. I don’t mean that from sci-fi, I mean that was a war that was scary for the [American soldiers].”
During the early stages of development, Sledgehammer also planned to include a variety of South Asian settings in the game, including the likes of Cambodia and Laos to truly replicate the well documented horrors of the Vietnam War.
Leaving the past in the past, though, Sledgehammer Games is currently preparing 2014’s entry into the long-running franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which will leapfrog the franchise into the year 2054 and is due to launch in November, 2014.