It’s official, Call of Duty is going back to World War II. According to Activision the move will result in “the definitive World War II gaming experience”.
This is Call of Duty: WWII
Visceral, bloody, and explosive, Activision and developer Sledgehammer seem to be looking to deliver a game that accomplishes twin goals. For one thing, Activision would love to recapture the glory days of the CoD franchise. And on top of that, they’d love to have a hit on their hands. One that maybe evolves the FPS genre would be nice too. From the looks of that trailer, they might be on their way to both ends.
Oh, and lest you think that this might be a reaction to Battlefield 1’s success last Holiday, think again. Activision says that they’ve been planning on a return to WWII for over two years. It’s not hard to imagine that’s true. Don’t forget that fans have been clamoring for just that, and for the series to get back to its roots.
“More than two and a-half years ago we made the decision to return this franchise to its roots, and Call of Duty: WWII does so in epic fashion,” said Eric Hirshberg, Activision CEO. “The team at Sledgehammer Games is delivering an authentic, gritty, cinematic experience that honors both the epic scale, and the human struggle of the greatest war the world has ever known. This game will let longtime fans experience World War II like never before, and will introduce this historic conflict to a whole new generation of gamers in the process.”
Single player, multiplayer, CoD zombies. All three of those things have become almost equally important to the Call of Duty experience. And that’s something that Activision knows it all too well. As a result, you’d best believe that off of the above will be included in WWII.
And yes, CoD zombies will have a storyline in keeping with the current flavor.
“Call of Duty: WWII has been a journey of inspiration and passion for everyone at Sledgehammer Games. The team is dedicated to delivering on the intense nature of war that focuses on the heroism and sacrifice of soldiers in WWII. Our rich narrative driven, action-packed campaign, and engaging and innovative multiplayer experience immerse players into the boots of a soldier fighting for freedom in a world on the brink of tyranny. And, our co-operative mode delivers a unique storyline that’s an all-new take on Nazi Zombies that we think fans are going to love,” said Michael Condrey, Studio Head and Co-Founder of Sledgehammer Games.
Here’s the info on what the total Call of Duty: WWII package will offer:
A global campaign
Call of Duty: WWII takes the franchise back to its roots in a bold cinematic experience that captures the unforgettable heroism of the soldiers who fought together in a war that changed the world forever. Activision’s gripping new title is an honest portrayal of World War II from the perspective of the famed 1st Infantry Division, with an ensemble cast of global and diverse characters. Through stunning visuals and intense audio, players storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, march across France to liberate Paris and ultimately push forward into Germany in some of the most monumental battles of all-time.
Multiplayer aplenty and those lousy rotters too
Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer combat immerses players in grounded, fast-paced action featuring an arsenal of authentic weapons and equipment, set in some of the most iconic locations in World War II’s European theater. Multiplayer also delivers a new approach to character and create-a-class through Divisions, War, an all-new narrative multiplayer mode of play, and Headquarters, a first of its kind for the Call of Duty social community, designed for players to interact and socialize with friends. The definitive World War II next generation experience also introduces Nazi Zombies, an all-new cooperative mode featuring a unique standalone storyline set during World War II that’s full of unexpected, adrenaline-pumping action. Look for more information about Multiplayer at E3 and the Nazi Zombies cooperative experience at a later date.
So we’ve got a November 3rd release date (which is a Friday) all set. And that means we’ve got some time till CoD: WWII launches. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t already pre-order it. And if you do, of course you’ll be in for some extras for your trouble.
Though retailer-exclusive items are out there (like a hat via GameStop), the biggest deal comes in the form of access to the Private Beta. The beta will hit the PS4 first, as the series’ console du jour this generation. There’s no date for it as of yet, but you can assure your participation with a pre-order of any of the PS4 editions of CoD: WWII.
And what might those version be? Here’s your rundown:
- Base Edition and Digital Base Edition – Suggested Retail Price $59.99.
- Digital Deluxe Edition – Season Pass** and more, SRP $99.99.
- Pro Edition – Season Pass**, collectible SteelbookTM and more, SRP $99.99