Activision has officially acknowledged and announced that Call of Duty 2017 will be Call of Duty: WWII, and it looks like it’s going to bring CoD back to its early roots. We don’t have a ton of official information just yet, as the worldwide reveal is planned for April 26 via a livestream. Despite its recent misdirection, we still consider Call of Duty one of our most anticipated games of the year. For now, here’s everything we know about this year’s Call of Duty.
Call of Duty: WWII Release Date
Call of Duty: WWII Latest News
Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer Gets More Details
More details about Call of Duty: WWII multiplayer have arisen from EDGE magazine in interview with Sledgehammer Games’ general manager and co-founder, Glen Schofield, and the studio’s chief operating and development officer Michael Condrey. The interview was posted in part on Reddit courtesy of user Kalinine.
Schofield and Condrey first emphasize the extensive research that was done to ensure the multiplayer mode’s realistic experiences. Never quite letting us forget it. The maps of the mode reflect this, and they expand what can be found in the campaign.
In addition, WWII‘s multiplayer mode will feature environmental storytelling (hard to avoid in a video game), and one of the locations visited during said research will be included. Any further details were not mentioned, as they are apparently saving the rest for E3 2017.
Basically, the new information here is that the maps in the multiplayer mode are based on real locations involved in the actual events of WWII, and that the smaller versions are also included in the single player campaign. Both of which most long-time fans of the Call of Duty series could probably have guessed from the information presented at the official announcement.
Nonetheless, Call of Duty: WWII is set to release on November 3, 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Sledgehammer Reveals More Details About Call of Duty: WWII
In an interview with GamesRadar, co-founder of Sledgehammer Michael Condrey revealed a few more tidbits about Call of Duty: WWII‘s campaign, playable characters, and multiplayer. Some of this is hype for the game, as Condrey goes on a bit about the intrigue of the game. However he did let some important details slide.
The Main Campaign:
According to Condrey, you’ll be able to play as the aforementioned Red Daniels, but also as French Resistance fighter, Rousseau. Other significant characters in the game are a German family, two sisters (both unnamed), Crowley, a British officer, Cormack, and an African-American officer with his own regiment.
Condrey elaborated that this is a “global force,” it’s not just Americans this time. Presumably referring to most other Call of Duty games in which the story is rather focused on America and it’s conflicts with other countries. This applies to the other side of the team too, it’s not just Nazis. The game goes out of its way to include the entirety of both the Allied forces and the Axis forces.
If you don’t remember who is on which side, it’s alright. Membership to both sides was fluid and often changed depending on the tensions between certain countries. Which is more or less how WWI started, and then things got really confusing when the world realized Nazis were a thing and some countries agreed with them. But I’m not here to give you a history lesson, let’s get back to the game!
The Band of Brothers:
There will be 12 folks in your squad and they won’t just be there to look pretty. Condrey has stated that they’ll be helping you out with things like ammo. Certain people have certain abilities, so if your ammo guy dies, that you have to learn how to deal with that. Speaking of death, it’s pretty permanent stuff for your squad members. Condrey says you better be careful about who your with and when, just in case you get separated and you lose them forever.
Multiplayer War Mode:
Condrey made it tiny bit more clear what War Mode really is. He describes it as a team death match, where you can choose between a few “scenarios,” like attacking or defending a certain area. If you lose that, retreat to another area, lose that, and defend a radio tower, and so on.
Headquarters in Multiplayer:
We finally have a much clearer answer on this one, and I think CoD players are going to like this one. Condrey has compared this new social space to that of Ogremarr in World of Warcraft. This is a place where you can show off your gear, practice combat, and duel with other players. All while still keeping players engaged in the world of the game itself, a little taste of RPG I think. A very new concept to this community, but hopefully a welcome one.
The Big Reveal: Call of Duty: WWII Livestream Update
Alright, facts first. Call of Duty: WWII is indeed coming November 3rd to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. There is a private beta that you can sign up for by pre-ordering the game. The Pro Edition is not confirmed yet. All that aside, let’s get to the gameplay.
As you may have noticed in the trailer, this Call of Duty is aimed at allowing the player to truly experience WWII and what it was like to be a soldier part of a small platoon. Opinions and comparisons aside, this game is gorgeous.
The footage shown so far is the level of detail we have all come to expect from a COD game and this time, the focus is on being historically accurate. Sledgehammer has clearly put a lot of research into this and it shows, everything here is not only originally created, but authentic in a way few games are when trying to depict history.
The Band of Brothers in video game form! You get to play the part of American Private Ronald “Red” Daniels as part of the US 1st Infantry Division as you breach the shores of Normandy and battle your way across Europe. Places listed were: Hürtgen Forest, France, Belgium, and Germany. Throughout all of which you’ll be picking up allies from the U.K. and the French Resistance. Your unit becomes your “unbreakable brotherhood” as you experience the horrors of WWII together.
“Boots on the ground,” has been the resounding phrase here, so it looks like we won’t be able to jet pack ourselves out of range. A relief to many fans, I’m sure. The gameplay will feature all of the trademarks of the main campaign including the classic WWII weapons (M1 Garnde, MG42, M1903, Grease Gun), and iconic locations.
In addition to all of this, we have the mysterious headquarters, which we saw nothing more than mere glimpse of. According to the press release it is a social space for “engagement off the frontlines” along with some vague phrasing about a new way to communicate in multiplayer. Who knows, but that glimpse made it look like a virtual space for an online community, unique to the Call of Duty series to be sure.
The divisions are slightly less mysterious, not unlike For Honor‘s factions, it sounds like players can choose which part of the war to play. Only two options were mentioned however, the Infantry and the Armored Divisions.
The war mode is a team-based PvP, though it was not specified just how many players each side would get. The object of this mode is to claim “strategic objectives,” not unlike good old capture the flag.
Finally! Only the details are just as dry as they were yesterday. Except, for one photo that depicts a very scary looking Nazi zombie. A staple for the series by now, but rather disappointing after all that innovation talk about being original. Apparently, the adrenaline-pumping story will be the lacklustre Third Reich turning to crazy science in order to build their last ditch army and win the war.
Some Concluding Thoughts:
This Call of Duty is clearly aimed at the younger generation, and those who have not played Call of Duty 2 and 3. This is aimed so young that I think it might even be directed at the gamers still in grade school. I don’t mind in the respect that this game could be a great educational tool. For those that had to read Elie Wiesel’s Night or Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl, it might be relief to know that a COD game of all things could compliment those works just as well. A radical idea for most, but I think video games are an under rated educational tool.
Watch the Call of Duty: WWII Livestream Here
Tune into the live stream below on Wednesday, April 26 at 10AM PST/1PM EST for the worldwide reveal from Activision. Not only will there be new gameplay footage and cinematic trailers, but also Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield from Sledgehammer Games will be talking about the game, giving us more of those juicy details.
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Leakage: Call of Duty: WWII “Pro Edition” Revealed
There’s that leaky roof again! This time the rumor comes from good old GameStop marketing materials, including a special edition of the game called “pro edition.” The last cover leak we saw was for Xbox, so it seems a little odd that this one has “PlayStation exclusive” plastered on the front.
However it could be yet another timed exclusive, where the game is only available on the PS4 for a few days up to a few months. In addition, it could also be referring to the private beta that you can join if you pre-order the game. Again, to be available first on the PS4.
According to the pictured case that was tweeted, the Pro Edition will include the game, a steel book, and a season pass for the title. The latter being an inadvertent confirmation that there will be DLCs and the like after launch, as most games do. Though what kind of DLCs there will be is definitely up for debate, as it will usually depend on what the core game is about and focused on.
It also seems that the November 3rd release date is still holding true, so it looks like we have a winner there. Nonetheless, all (or at least most) will be revealed tomorrow, April 26 at 10am PDT.
Rumor: Call of Duty: WWII Includes Unique Co-op Mode
April 22, 2017
If April 26 is too long to wait, you’re in luck; the rumor mill is up and running before I’ve even had my coffee! Someone over at Reddit has posted an image of what looks like the initial print out of a soon-to-be box cover for Call of Duty: WWII. This cover also confirms the November 3rd release date that was previously leaked. On what would be the back of the game cover, is a description of various aspects of the game, including a very interesting co-op mode.
Graduating from what most of the franchise has focused on, WWII‘s co-op mode apparently has a very unique campaign with “a new and original story” and “standalone game experience.” All implying that this campaign is in addition to the single and multiplayer modes.
That is quite the hefty implication, as it is very rare indeed to find a co-op mode with a completely unique campaign story and mission. The only one I can think of right now is Diablo, I didn’t care much for the story but it was still fun to go through with it and kill zombies together. Hopefully, there will not be zombies in this co-op mode. As much fun as they are, they’ve been getting a little stale for the COD franchise.
Indeed, if this co-op turns out to be decent, that could be a selling point for those that miss the couch co-op games of old. Perhaps, one day, such games will be not be restricted to Nintendo. But don’t forget, we still have to wait for April 26, when Activision will reveal all and confirm which parts of these leaks are true and which are not.
A Leak Hints At Call of Duty: WWII’s Single Player Campaign
April 22, 2017
A leak from Reddit has given us what looks to be a copy of the box cover for Call of Duty: WWII. Little tabs for folding and everything. The image reveals a release date of November 3rd, as well as a very unique co-op mode (mostly implied in the phrasing, but promising nonetheless). Most importantly of all, is what the print out reveals about the single player mode and campaign. Perhaps not as promising or hopeful as the co-op mode, but interesting enough.
The leak says very little about the single player campaign, calling it “a breathtaking experience that redefines World War II for a new gaming generation.” You’ll have to see it to believe it first, but I do hope this means Activision isn’t just rebooting older Call of Duty games.
Odds are not in their favor, however, as the first thing the box mentions is “Normandy on D-Day,” a mission that also featured in Call of Duty 3. After this, the box lists a “battle across Europe,” which sounds like the various campaigns in both COD 2 and 3 focused on specific countries and their role in the war. These similarities are too strong to ignore and makes me wonder if Activision is marketing towards a younger generation of gamers that never heard of the first few COD games, or at least never played them.
It is still possible that this is a rumor and utterly inaccurate, so we’ll have to wait until the livestream reveal on April 26 to know for sure. I’ll be very curious to see if the comparisons to COD 2 and COD 3 remain after the presentation.
Box Cover Reveals Clues About Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer
April 22, 2017
Boy this box cover from Reddit is sure leaking a lot of information about Call of Duty: WWII! Activision should really get that fixed, it might rain soon. All the same, the image has thus far shown us that November 3rd date again, a very unique co-op mode that is unlike any previous Call of Duty games, a single player campaign that feels a little too close to the very first few Call of Duty games back in the early 2000s, and finally some hints about the multiplayer mode too.
The leak doesn’t say much about the multiplayer mode, but we can at least be assured there won’t be any zombies involved. As much as I love shooting up brain-eating mutants, variety between each game is important.
Not just for marketing purposes, but to keep fans interested too. Anyway, it doesn’t sound like we’ll be getting a unique campaign like the co-op mode, but various maps “across many of World War II’s most iconic locations.” Like most multiplayer modes, this likely means an arena for capture the flag or death matches.
The cover also mentions something about “new ways to interact” with friends and the Call of Duty community. This could mean anything from emotes in multiplayer to chat bubbles appear on your screen just as you line up the perfect shot. Some things can be changed, others cannot. We’ll have to see what this really means later on, likely after the livestream presentation as it might not be an important enough detail amongst everything else.
Again, this is just a leak, so take it with a heaping of salt. We’ll know more on April 26 when Activision presents their livestream and official announcement of the game.
Call of Duty: WWII Confirmed – Livestream Reveal April 26
April 21, 2017
Back to the roots indeed, if anyone remembers Call of Duty 2. Activision has now confirmed Call of Duty: WWII with a timer countdown to a worldwide livestream on April 26 at 10 PST. WWII will be developed by Sledgehammer Games and co-founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield will be presenting the livestream when the time comes. They will be sharing “the studio’s vision for the game” and what sounds like a small preview of the game itself.
Well, some of the rumors were fairly accurate, like the tweet from Sledgehammer that implied what time period the game was going to be in.
Though we might not know until next week if that release date of November 3rd is accurate too, if they decide to reveal that at all. It would feel rather soon after only just announcing the existence of the game, and right before E3 too.
I admit, I was really hoping it would be Vietnam centered, as I find that time period more intriguing than WWII. I also wonder if this will be a reboot of Call of Duty 2, or like a really late DLC made into a full game. New content but same general theme, as it were.
Call of Duty: WWII Trailers
Call of Duty: WW2 Screenshots
Here are a few low resolution CoD WW2 screenshots taken from leaked marketing materials for the game.
What are you hoping to see in this new game? Let us know in the comments below!