Call of Duty: WWII has officially been announced, revealed and shown in an hour long live stream. However, we know you’re not going to watch the whole thing, so we stuck the game’s first trailer above, and some screenshots below and called it a day.
Well no, not really. There’s still plenty to tell about the single-player campaign, multiplayer, and new zombies mode.
Call of Duty: WWII will follow the famed 1st Infantry Division all across the European theater, from France to Germany. You’ll play as an American soldier from Texas who enlists with his best friend, who happens to be Jewish. Sledgehammer Games really wants to emphasis the sense of brotherhood and camaraderie on the battlefield, the horrors of the war, and to tell a more personal story.
However, don’t think that this game is slower than the recent entries in the series. If anything, Call of Duty: WWII is even more intense and brutal than anything we’ve seen from the series in a long time. The very first mission in the campaign will drop you into the most iconic event of the second world war – D-Day and the Normandy Landing. From there, the 1st Infantry Division will take part in some of the most monumental battles of the war, so don’t expect a lot of down time.
While most of the campaign focuses on the American squad, there will be moments when the perspective will shift to a different character from a different nation. For example, there’s one segment where we’ll get to play as a woman from the French Resistance during the liberation of Paris. It was important to the developers to show how many different countries and individuals were affected by WWII, so there will be plenty of representation for the other armies and people fighting the war.
The different perspective will also be present in the game’s multiplayer. At this point we not know if where will any maps beyond the Western Front, but we do know players will be able to play as the German forces. This could be particularly interesting in one of the game’s new modes – War. In this asymmetric mode, each team will have different objective to complete. For example, one team will need to capture a piece of land, while the other team will need to defend it. We’ve seen this type of gameplay before, like in Battlefield 1’s Operations, but in the context of famous WWII battles (like D-Day) this could be even more exciting.
Another multiplayer mode is Boots on the Ground, which sounds like a fairly straight forward Team Deathmatch. Sledgehammer is also taking their virtual lobby from Advanced Warfare, and evolving it into the Headquarters. 48 players will be able to interact with each other, show off their character and gear, or just hang out.
It wouldn’t be Call of Duty without a zombie mode of some kind, and Call of Duty: WWII doesn’t disappoint. Sledgehammer aren’t telling much about this new zombie mode, apart from confirming that it will be populated by proper nazi zombies, as you’d expect.We did get a teaser immage during the live stream, which you can see below.
That’s pretty much it for now. Call of Duty: WWII sure looks like a true return to form for the veteran franchise, ditching the over-the-top sci-fi for a down-to-earth combat experience. I, for one, am getting pretty existed to learn more about the game in E3 this June – that’s when the official multiplayer reveal will take place.
Call of Duty: WWII will be released on November 3, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.