It’s been a while since the last mainstream World War II game came out, and many FPS fans have been itching for a return to the brutality of the early 1940s. On November 3, 2017, Sledgehammer Games will finally be scratching that itch. Enter Call of Duty: WWII.
Call of Duty: WWII makes two major promises: to return players to the hell-on-earth European theater from the perspective of an average foot-soldier, and to do so respectfully and accurately. This second point is something Activision wants potential players to be very clear on. This is perhaps to try to distance the newest title from Call of Duty‘s recent history of goofy gun skins, silly abilities, and jet packs. There seems to be an intent to return Call of Duty to the standing it had in the ’00s, an intent that is reflected in the language used in press releases, announcements, and trailers.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it isn’t still going to be a Call of Duty game. Nazi Zombies is confirmed to be making a comeback, this time in a more narrative-driven format. The Zombies mode, originally introduced as an after-credits extra in Call of Duty: World at War (incidentally also the last World War II Call of Duty), has been a staple of the franchise for almost a decade. Its inclusion should make a great number of people very pleased. Additionally, Sledgehammer is introducing a few new multiplayer modes: Divisions, War, and something called Headquarters, some sort of social hub in which players online will be able to interact with one another in a more social way rather than the standard competitive modes.
The single player campaign will follow the 1st Infantry Division, men who took Normandy by storm, liberated France, and eventually marched into Germany. Given there has been no mention of the Eastern front or of the Pacific theater, it is safe to assume WWII will stick with the 1st all the way through the war. So grit your teeth, load and lock, and get ready to be thrown into the meatgrinder.
Call of Duty: WWII will be available for purchase for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 3, 2017 in three different editions: the Base and Digital Editions, both of which include only the main title, will be $59.99 at launch; the Digital Deluxe Edition comes with the main title, the DLC season pass, “and more,” and will retail for $99.99; the Pro Edition comes with the main title, the DLC season pass, a collectible Steelbook, “and more,” and will also retail for $99.99. A preorder of any of these versions will come with access to the private beta, which will be available for Playstation 4 before Xbox and PC.