Good-bye jetpacks! On November 3, Sledgehammer Games and Activision are finally taking players back to the series’ roots with Call of Duty: WWII. Here’s everything we know about the game thus far.
First lets start with the below reveal trailer that was released today. It shows scenes from Normandy, Hurtgen Forest, and more, as well as Josh Duhamel’s character, Technical Sergeant William Pierson.
Call of Duty: WWII returns to the European arena of the second Great War. The bulk of the narrative takes place between 1944 and 1945, though the game will also show earlier events. Players will primarily play as the 19 year old Private Ronald “Red” Daniels, but there will also be a mission that casts you as a woman fighting in the French resistance.
Here’s the official blurb:
“Featuring a global cast of characters across Europe, players will follow the gripping story of Ronald “Red” Daniels, a young United States Army private, as he and his squad, the legendary US 1st Infantry Division, trek through the harrowing European theater of war. Joining Allied forces from the U.K. and the French Resistance, across the beaches of Normandy, to the liberation of Paris and ultimately into Germany, the squad must fight alongside a global and diverse cast of characters to achieve victory. The story campaign delivers the gritty authenticity and cinematic intensity of WWII combat, honoring the unforgettable heroism of the Fighting First.”
Adding an extra layer of realism, players do not recover health or ammo passively. That means no more hiding behind cover until your health improves. You will need to call upon your squad mates to get health packs, ammunition, or even covering fire.
As part of the reveal, the first multiplayer details were announced, including the “objective-based, narrative-driven” mode dubbed “War.” Divisions will replace character classes, allowing players to enlist in armor, infantry, airborne, or other divisions and grow their character out from there. Players will be able to “rally and interact” with each other in the Headquarters in between missions. This shared social space allows players to get rewarded, hang out, and interact without the traditional lobby structure.
Aside from competitive multiplayer, there will be a separate co-op campaign featuring its own story. As an added surprise, Activision teased the game’s “Nazi Zombies” mode. Details are still nonexistent.
— Sledgehammer Games (@SHGames) April 26, 2017
The Season Pass
Per previous years, the Season Pass will be priced at $49.99:
“Season Pass purchasers receive 2018 Call of Duty: WWII Season Pass content. Season Pass content is not final, is subject to change, and may not include all downloadable content available for the game. Season Pass content may not be available in all countries, and pricing and release dates may vary by platform. Season Pass content should be downloaded from the in-game store only; do not purchase separately, or you will be charged again. Season Pass content may be sold separately.”
There are three game editions this time around. They are listed below:
- Base Edition and Digital Base Edition – $59.99
- Digital Deluxe Edition – Season Pass and more – $99.99
- Pro Edition – Season Pass, collectible Steelbook and more – $99.99 (a GameStop exclusive)
Activision will run a multiplayer beta prior to the game’s official launch for players who pre-order the game. The beta will launch first on PlayStation 4. In the meantime, Activision said it plans to show more of the game E3 2017 this June.
Lastly, while we know the game will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Activision hasn’t actually necessarily ruled out the Switch.