6PM Update – Call of Duty: WWII has been officially revealed, releasing on 3rd November, with the first trailer for the game depicting several iconic moments, including the D-Day landings and the Battle of Hürtgen Forest. It’s certainly very evocative of the WWII era and brings it to life in some truly fantastic graphical quality.
The game takes place entirely in the European theatre, primarily in 1944 and 1945, starting with the D-Day landings, pushing through Belgium and through to Germany. It follow the 1st Infantry Division and Pvt. Red Daniels as the protagonist. He’s joined by Sgt. William Pierson (played by Josh Duhamel) and 1Lt Joseph Turner (Jeffrey Pierce), as well as Jewish soldier Pvt. Robert Zussman (Jonathan Tucker) amidst a wider cast of characters.
Sledgehammer Games have spent the last two years documenting and working to recreate the Second World War in as great and authentic detail as possible, with co-founders Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey talking about how passionate they are in returning to this era, one that is close to many of the developers and their families.
This is to be the return to “boots on the ground” gameplay that players have been calling for over the last year or two, and that means COD WWII is having to revert to different qualities when online, such as gun skill and strategising your movement, as opposed to twitch play and hyper-fast motion. There are, however, other new innovations to the way as well.
War is a new asymmetrical mode with Allied and Axis forces split between attack and defence. Divisions will be a new way to go about your online Call of Duty career having players enlist in a specific unit of their choice. Finally, Headquarters is a new way to interact with the community for COD outside of actual multiplayer, seeming to be a hub environment for players to run around in.
Oh, and then there’s this co-op teaser:
The game’s out on 3rd November, but as with Infinite Warfare, a private multiplayer beta will be held prior to release for those who pre-order the game. More details on all of the above will be revealed at E3 in June.
The stream below has just ended, but you can watch it again to catch up on all the details.
Later today Activision will unveil the newest game in its military shooter franchise. Call of Duty: WWII, as the name suggests, will take players back to the Second World War in what looks to be a long-awaited return to the series’ roots. While not exactly watertight, leaks surrounding today’s big reveal have been fairly minor, including a small cluster of screenshots and COD WWII’s Pro Edition.