The Call of Duty franchise is increasingly looking to the future, with its next entry, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, set hundreds of years in the future in the far reaches of our solar system. But there was a time when series publisher Activision was exploring other options, including setting the game in the past. As it turns out, they even had a game set in Ancient Rome in development.

Titled Call of Duty Roman Wars, the game would have allowed players to play as several different characters, from lowly grunts to the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. According to a source who spoke to Gamesradar and goes by the name Polemus, the Roman Wars prototype was created by Skylanders developer Vicarious Visions sometime after the release of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 in 2009, as Roman Wars was built upon the foundation of that game. It would have featured a mixture of first and third-person gameplay perspectives.

Polemus even claims that the demo made it all the way up to Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, but that “a mixture of studio stubbornness and fears of over-saturating the brand,” ultimately killed the project. You can check out footage of the game in the video below.

(Source: Gamespot)