Back when images and info for something called Call of Duty: WWII first leaked, I wasn’t personally all that hyped, mostly because I really didn’t mind the futuristic theme the last few titles went for. But I can’t deny that going back to WWII (in a video game, obviously) would be an amazing thing, especially with updated graphics and gameplay. Anyway, Activision has since confirmed that COD: WWII is a thing that’s happening, and another round of leaks revealed some more general info about the game.
But an hour long stream last night has finally confirmed everything we already knew, presented us with a ton of stuff we didn’t, showed off some pretty epic in-game footage, and included the phrase “boots on the ground” at least a million times.
First, let’s have a look at the game’s official reveal trailer.
“Over two years in the making, Sledgehammer Games delivers a gritty, personal experience in the setting of the largest worldwide conflict in history to a new gaming generation in Call of Duty: WWII. Play through the story of ordinary men turned soldiers in the 1st Infantry Division as they fight to preserve freedom in the face of tyranny. Call of Duty: WWII delivers fast-paced, boots-on-ground combat through iconic locations in the European Theater.”
As revealed at the end of the trailer, and during the full livestream, the game is expected to come out on 3 November for PC, PS4, and XBO. A multiplayer beta is scheduled to go live at some point before the game’s full release and will do so on PS4 first.
As for what the game’s all about, you know, other than being set during WWII, the livestream gave us a pretty good idea. The game’s campaign will centre around real historical happenings like D-Day, thrust players into the role of a fresh new recruit, and will take players to various dark and pretty locations in and around Europe, all happening during the period of 1944 and 1945. There’ll also be quite a fair amount of comradery, emotional stuff, cinematic stuff, and basically everything else the series is known for. The stream also goes into detail about… well, all the small details about the game’s weapons, vehicles, locations, and audio, as well as explaining the development team’s desire to make the game as historically accurate as possible.
As far as multiplayer mode goes, the game will sure have one. The stream didn’t focus too much on the game’s multiplayer, but we do know that it’ll include some brand new modes, one of which sounds super similar to Battlefield 1’s conquest mode, and that Headquarters, a social hub similar to that seen in Destiny will be a thing. The stream gave us an extremely brief glimpse of the Headquarters mode, and it looks like it’ll support at least 40 players simultaneously.
Oh, and by the way, NAZI ZOMBIES TOTALLY CONFIRMED!
That’s right, cooperative Nazi zombie killing is back, or at least will be when the game launches. Details about the mode were pretty slim, but according to the stream, it’ll be “an entirely new story,” that being “the Third Reich’s desperate attempt to create an army in the final stages of the war”.
That about wraps it up. For more details, be sure to check out the entire (hour-long) stream over here.