DICE thinks the modern setting for FPS' is getting stale
DICE thinks the modern warfare setting for shooters is getting stale while public support for the genre might be beginning to dwindle unless something huge can be done. DICE’s general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson believes that the appeal of first-person-shooters set in the modern day may be dwindling.
Although he did state a simple switch of settings or time periods will not be as influential as the switch from World War II to modern warfare was for first person shooters.
He also hinted the whole problem might only be a real issue for the first person sub-genre and not shooters as a whole. The potential switch to the near future as the next big move might only produce a temporary boost and not the next big boost in interest for the time being.
To put things into current perspective, Activision and Treyarch are pushing the near future as a possible future for the Call of Duty series starting with Black Ops 2 while Electronic Arts is still committed to the modern setting at least with the upcoming Medal of Honor Warfighter.