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Call of Duty: WWII In November

The promised reveal of Call of Duty: WWII on the Call of Duty website revealed a November 3rd release date for Sledgehammer's upcoming installment in the first-person shooter series. They offered a new trailer (NSFW) to show off the franchise's return to the World War II roots (and Nazi zombies!). The Activision blog has more, saying preorder customers will get access to the private beta, noting the beta will come to the PlayStation 4 before Windows or Xbox One. They offer screenshots along with details, saying that a full multiplayer reveal will come at E3 in June. Here's word:

Today, Activision and Sledgehammer Games provided the first glimpse of the title that’s taking Call of Duty back to its roots - Call of Duty: WWII. We’re talking boots- on- the- ground gameplay delivering a visceral and immersive gameplay experience unlike anything we’ve seen before.

In addition to watching the worldwide reveal stream today, we also met with Sledgehammer Games Co-Founders and Studio Heads, Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield for added insights on what’s to come in the new game. They explained to us that Call of Duty: WWII is a very personal journey for the team, as they have been hard at work on this project for the last two and a half years. “This is based on one of the most monumental moments in human history, and we get to honor and respect that global sacrifice, to honor the men and women who fought for freedom on all fronts, on a global scale,” said Condrey.

Schofield added that the team named the main character after his father, who passed away during production. “The story Call of Duty: WWII follows a global and diverse cast, but for me it honors my father Ronald “Red” Daniels and his squad, and not just what they went through from a global perspective, but what they went through personally. We like to tell a story within a story, and this is no different.”
Both Condrey and Schofield underscored the fact that Call of Duty: WWII is about a squad’s remarkable journey of personal growth and heroism across Europe in World War II, and is a story about common men and women doing uncommon things to preserve freedom.

Welcome to the Fighting First
No mission too difficult. No sacrifice too great. Duty first!

Call of Duty: WWII focuses on the actions of a squad from 1944 to 1945, but will also touch on events from 1940 to 1944 to help set the stage for the narrative and establish the characters. It takes place in the European theater of conflict, at a time when the Allied forces were finally starting to gather strength on their march into Germany. You and your squad will fight your way through occupied France, Belgium, and across the Rhine into Germany.

The Front Lines and Beyond
Highlighting the diverse ensemble cast, players will also encounter the French resistance movement, featuring strong and vibrant characters who were fighting for their homeland even after all seemed lost. The game takes players from the beaches of Normandy to the liberation of Paris and beyond, across a variety of heart-racing engagements and epic battles.

To complement today’s gameplay reveal trailer and touch on more of the action that is coming in Call of Duty: WWII, here’s a few insights on two of the missions from the Campaign:

  • Hürtgen Forest: An old-growth forest on the German border where Allied forces engage in devastating encounters. In the heat of battle, the German Army uses tree burst bombs that detonate at treetop level, showering soldiers with wooden shrapnel. When your unit is zeroed-in-on by hostile artillery, the forest explodes around you as debris rains down.
  • Normandy: From inside a Higgins landing boat, your squad will storm Omaha Beach in a visceral audiovisual experience unlike any D-Day landing experienced in a game to date. You and your fellow soldiers must overcome the enemy defenses to serve as the tip of the spear for the Allied invasion.

Multiplayer
There will be a Multiplayer reveal for Call of Duty: WWII at E3, which will take place in Los Angeles from June 13-15. You won’t want to miss it.

Multiplayer elements coming to Call of Duty: WWII include:

  • War: This narrative-driven mode brings a gripping new layer of excitement to Axis vs. Allies team play.
  • Divisions: A new approach to Create-a-Class and character customization as you enlist in a division and progress through the ranks.
  • Headquarters: A brand-new, social feature for Call of Duty, where you rally and interact with your fellow soldiers.

Call of Duty: WWII will be released on November 3, 2017. Pre-orders at participating retailers include access to the Private Beta, available first on the PlayStation4, scheduled for later this year.

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25. Re: Call of Duty: WWII In November Apr 27, 2017, 02:40 SlimRam
 
World War 2 first person shooters...

World War 2 first person shooters never change...
 
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24. Re: Call of Duty: WWII In November Apr 27, 2017, 01:53 loomy
 
honestly I'm still burnt out from the last time we had 10 years of ww2 games. I can see moh and cod and bf and dod and ro and coh and commandos and.... all in my head. close my eyes and relive that shit for free  
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23. Re: Call of Duty: World War II Announcement Apr 27, 2017, 00:01 Sepharo
 
Slick wrote on Apr 26, 2017, 14:48:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 26, 2017, 14:15:
Seeing some shot-for-shot imitation of Private Ryan in there.

Didn't the original few CoD's heavily rip off Saving Pvt. Ryan and Band of Brothers? I know Medal of Honor did heavily, but I'm pretty sure they both did.

CoD2 did Stalingrad directly from Enemy at the Gates...
and was amazing for it.

WW2 is fine by me.
 
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22. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 26, 2017, 22:50 eRe4s3r
 
Task wrote on Apr 26, 2017, 15:45:
Lol I tooootally called it. Just another rehash with 'wow da graphics' and ww2 literally only existing in Normandy and only Amerika won it. All other Nations, especially if they were an 'enemy' get no survive the war story. Hop on an AA gun a 'viscerally' and unrealistically shoot at Stukas G-1s, which are for some reason wasting anti tank shells on infantry. Bonus scenes for COD-Bros with a 'gritty' skull smashing scene inspiring them to sign up at their local recruiter.

Agreed, just another WW2 clone.. and to be honest, I really REALLY start to absolutely hate WW1 and WW2 games where only focus is only on allies. It's just.. seen that done before like 5 times, and not one single Normandy map in ANY GAME was ever fun to play. So yay!
 
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21. Re: Call of Duty: WWII In November Apr 26, 2017, 19:57 Cutter
 
Love how they're trying to cash in on Remembrance Day. And how they play up how solemn and serious this all is, and it has nothing to do whatsoever about them making money. Seriously Activision, you're such pieces of shit.
 
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20. Re: Call of Duty: WWII In November Apr 26, 2017, 19:08 dumpy
 
In the interest of doing something different, they could have focused on Allied countries like Australia or India. Or even as someone has said previously, a very carefully done viewpoint from the sides of Germany, Italy and Japan would could have brought new meaning to the title Call of Duty.

They could even focus on historical aspects to aid in education. Gulf-War? Kosovo War?

It looks pretty, but I get the feeling Activision were waiting for the wind to change. I feel sorry for games like Battalion 1944, who will have their customer base undermined by these large production cash-grabs.
 
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19. Re: Call of Duty: WWII In November Apr 26, 2017, 18:50 Task
 
More like 'saw what was happening' and then joined the plot to kill Hitler. A lot of Germans that hated Nazism in the army or otherwise also ended up in concentration camps or simply hung if they were found out.

That's besides the point though, if we think of CoD as purely 'war' stories, here are 5-6+ ideas just off the top of my head:

- American 'Not another Normandy story': An entire Tunisian, Sicilian, and Gothic Line (Italy) Campaign
- British: Entire Burma Campaign, The Invasion of France and Dunkirk, etc.
- German: Literally any front, no FPS-type game from this perspective (only thing I can think of terms of 'story' are RTS games). Examples of stories centered around any of these: Escaping the Korsun Pocket, Early War-through Late War (successes to late war defeat), Operation Bagration (think something like 'Crosses of Iron), a German Fallshirmjager
- Japan: Easy, holdouts such as the Fox of Saipan and others, or a Philippines campaign
- Polish: Early War invasion of Poland, survive and become a Partisan eventually linking up with Russians in late war (OR escaping Poland and joining the "Polish Armed Forces" which included anyone from deserted German Wehrmacht, Russian Evacuees, Polish Evacuees, Evacuees from France)
- Finnish: Easy, the Winter War (and Continuation War).
- Russian: Surviving Operation Barbarossa and end at a major battle such as Budapest or Berlin. Other ideas would be Early War and are pushed back to Sevastopol and surrounded, captured, and escaping to become a Partisan.

And that's not even covering a quarter of possibilities. Plenty of nationalities for a character: Hungarian, French, Vichy French, Scottish, Romanian, Italian, etc. + any number of conflict areas.
 
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18. Re: Call of Duty: WWII In November Apr 26, 2017, 18:13 ledhead1969
 
Should have been Eastern Front playing as the Germans, killing commies, and then branch off into the whole 'won't follow orders' to kill civvies/saw what was happening in a concentration camp, arrested for disobeying orders (set aside they would have shot him in the field for that), escape prison, get to the Allies, switch sides, pick up at allied invasion of Italy in 1943.  
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17. Re: Call of Duty: WWII In November Apr 26, 2017, 17:38 SirKnight
 
I'll gladly take WW2 some more instead of the futuristic stuff. I hate futuristic. I'd rather have modern or historical.  
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16. Re: Call of Duty: World War II Announcement Apr 26, 2017, 17:38 DangerDog
 
Leper wrote on Apr 26, 2017, 15:36:
If they wanted to make another WW2 game, I think they should have done alternative history. Something like the Nazis are invading the US. Germany has been nuked, but only after they've established a strong foothold on the East Coast. Maybe throw the Japanese on the West Coast for good measure (obviously similar to the Man in the High Castle setting).

It seems like having some new settings and a fresh story within the same era would be more interesting than re-hashing the same WW2 setting over and over again. And to be clear I'm not talking about introducing science-fiction, the occult or supernatural elements. Same gameplay, same weapons, fresh story, fresh environments (think WW2 battles in various US landscapes/cities).

But maybe there are a lot of players out there who are too young to have already played a WW2 FPS and that's what they're marketing this towards.

I suppose if you were a wee-lad something like this would be amazing, the rest of us have over played this type of game to death.

I'm not a fan of alt-history spins, I think they should have gone the route of basing it off of real missions but with a twist of fiction, Force 10 from Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, etc type of thing.
 
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15. Re: Call of Duty: World War II Announcement Apr 26, 2017, 16:41 jdreyer
 
Tumbler wrote on Apr 26, 2017, 16:19:
Doesn't look like something I want to play. It's been done so well by games in the past, and done in excess, that I don't think I'm ready to play another WW2 game.


Yeah it seems very tired and cliched. I don't see this staunching the bleeding of this franchise. They're going to continue to drop in sales. It makes BF1 look even more inspired and bold.
 
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14. Re: Call of Duty: World War II Announcement Apr 26, 2017, 16:38 Sempai
 
Ugh..this is depressing. The talent at Sledgehammer should be doing something great, not churning this re-hashed garbage out.

Give me another proper Dead Space, not this. This team used to create some great stuff, and now they're Activision's lap dog.

This looks mindless and boring as hell. Hope i'm wrong.

And it doesn't matter what i think, this bloated pig will sell a fuck ton come November.

Bleh..
 
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13. Re: Call of Duty: World War II Announcement Apr 26, 2017, 16:19 Tumbler
 
Doesn't look like something I want to play. It's been done so well by games in the past, and done in excess, that I don't think I'm ready to play another WW2 game.

 
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12. Re: Call of Duty: World War II Announcement Apr 26, 2017, 15:51 Phasenoise
 
Even though it has been done to death, I still like WW2 the best from many angles.

I can't help but imagine my grandfather, some poor farm kid, thrown into a meatgrinder. Given the odds in some of those battles, it's incredible I exist today.
Luckily for me, he was one seriously tough farm kid who ended up highly decorated (and perforated), but got to go home to his wife at the end.
 
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11. Re: Call of Duty: World War II Announcement Apr 26, 2017, 15:48 BobBob
 
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10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 26, 2017, 15:45 Task
 
Lol I tooootally called it. Just another rehash with 'wow da graphics' and ww2 literally only existing in Normandy and only Amerika won it. All other Nations, especially if they were an 'enemy' get no survive the war story. Hop on an AA gun a 'viscerally' and unrealistically shoot at Stukas G-1s, which are for some reason wasting anti tank shells on infantry. Bonus scenes for COD-Bros with a 'gritty' skull smashing scene inspiring them to sign up at their local recruiter.  
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9. Re: Call of Duty: World War II Announcement Apr 26, 2017, 15:36 Leper
 
If they wanted to make another WW2 game, I think they should have done alternative history. Something like the Nazis are invading the US. Germany has been nuked, but only after they've established a strong foothold on the East Coast. Maybe throw the Japanese on the West Coast for good measure (obviously similar to the Man in the High Castle setting).

It seems like having some new settings and a fresh story within the same era would be more interesting than re-hashing the same WW2 setting over and over again. And to be clear I'm not talking about introducing science-fiction, the occult or supernatural elements. Same gameplay, same weapons, fresh story, fresh environments (think WW2 battles in various US landscapes/cities).

But maybe there are a lot of players out there who are too young to have already played a WW2 FPS and that's what they're marketing this towards.
 
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8. Oh man.... Apr 26, 2017, 15:24 EndoSkull
 
I was so hoping I'd see something new done besides updated graphics...

On rail with the tank crap...

I swear the other COD had me dropping someone off a bell tower?!

Also the beach scenes didn't seem as epic as I thought they did with modern graphics...


Overall kind of bummed...
 
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7. Re: Call of Duty: World War II Announcement Apr 26, 2017, 15:17 SpectralMeat
 
Hopefully they'll show some MP soon. I have zero interest in SP  
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6. Re: Call of Duty: World War II Announcement Apr 26, 2017, 14:51 OldDirtyEwok
 
ItBurn wrote on Apr 26, 2017, 14:28:
I have a lack of passion for yet another Saving Private Ryan clone and I don't feel passion in this trailer either. Seems like it was made by a marketing machine.

It WAS made by a marketing machine. I was listening a while back to an HBO exec, he was saying how most movies now are made by marketing departments.

 
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