The new Call of Duty game was originally revealed to be Call of Duty: WW2 last week after a series of leaks and then an official post on Twitter, but overnight Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games hosted a livestream that dropped some more specific details.
The most prominent aspect of that livestream was the first official trailer for the game, which you can view below. It boasts that the footage is “actual in-game footage”, so I guess we can expect Call of Duty: WW2 to look quite pretty.
The game is set to take place entirely in Europe during the final years of the war, 1944-1945, meaning we can probably expect to play the D-Day landing, the Battle of the Bulge and the Allied push into Germany all over again. The campaign follows a soldier named Ronald “Red” Daniels in the US 1st Infantry Division. Activision also confirmed a separate, co-op campaign that will involve Nazi zombies, as to be expected these days.
So there we go, Call of Duty is going “back to its roots”. Personally, I see this as maybe a good thing. Sure, we’ve seen World War 2 a million times before in video games and other media, but given how surprised I was to really get into Battlefield 1‘s World War 1 setting, I imagine this will give me the same enjoyment. Also, given this is a historical setting rather than a fictional one, it means the developers don’t have to invent a conflict to frame their story within, as let’s be honest, some of the more recent Call of Duty’s have had some fairly contrived plot lines.
The title Call of Duty: WW2 is rubbish though, I must say.
Call of Duty: WW2 (ugh) launches November 3 on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC. Preordering grants you access to a private beta at an undisclosed time, with PS4 owners getting the first go.