Sledgehammer Games is making this year’s Call of Duty and it has received a major information dump. Today, Activision revealed Call of Duty: WWII and some of the gameplay folks will experience. This year’s title will release on Nov. 3 and will release on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Activision stated the title will define the World War II game experience “for a new generation of consoles.” I take this to mean Project Scorpio and PS4 Pro. It is interesting to note Activision’s use of the above phrase, and the fact they didn’t specify which consoles they were referring to. Perhaps a larger reveal is coming for either PS4 Pro or Project Scorpio in the weeks ahead.
Many folks have thought Microsoft would host a Project Scorpio event prior to E3. This would give the firm an opportunity to reveal major specs about the new system. Those things might include a price, release date and perhaps a new game or two. Wouldn’t then be an opportune time for Activision to show off WWII running on Scorpio?
Focusing back on WWII, Activision did confirm they will reveal the game’s multiplayer experience at E3. Since there will be a private beta held first on PS4, I expect the game to appear during Sony’s press conference. This would also make sense given the fact that Infinite Warfare showed up during Sony’s E3 2016 event.
If there is a demo shown during this year’s event, I fully expect it to be captured using a PS4 Pro. Sony needs to start showcasing more third party games using the Pro, and WWII would be a great start.
Activision went onto confirm WWII‘s Zombies experience will be revealed at a later date. They described it as an “all-new Nazi Zombies Cooperative mode unleashes a startling, new storyline and adrenaline filled experience.” While the beta may happen sometime in August, I expect Zombies to be revealed perhaps in early September. Activision’s CEO Eric Hirshberg spoke about Call of Duty: WWII.
“More than two and a-half years ago we made the decision to return this franchise to its roots, and Call of Duty: WWII does so in epic fashion. The team at Sledgehammer Games is delivering an authentic, gritty, cinematic experience that honors both the epic scale, and the human struggle of the greatest war the world has ever known. This game will let longtime fans experience World War II like never before, and will introduce this historic conflict to a whole new generation of gamers in the process,” Hirshberg said.
As you can see in the screenshots in this article, Call of Duty: WWII is looking magnificent. While it’s unknown what platform these images were taken from, the game is surely going to look amazing on PS4 Pro and Scorpio. Publishers need to start using Pro and Scorpio more as marketing ploys and I expect Activision to jump on that in the weeks ahead.
Call of Duty: WWII will put gamers into the shoes “of the famed 1st Infantry Division, with an ensemble cast of global and diverse characters.” Players will battle on the beaches of Normandy, fight through France to free Paris and eventually reach Germany for even more action.
Multiplayer will bring a new create-a-class system as well as a new hub-like area called Headquarters. The latter will serve as a way for players to meet other folks online. It has been “designed for players to interact and socialize” with their friends. E3 2017 will be when we learn more about WWII‘s multiplayer.
Finally, those who pre-order WWII from participating retailers will gain access to the private beta that’s coming first to PS4. It has not been dated, but expect that to be confirmed at E3 2017. Activision’s Call of Duty: WWII will launch on Nov. 3 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Call of Duty.