After teasing the next major installment to the popular “Call of Duty” franchise earlier this week, Activision released the first official trailer for “Call of Duty: WWI” today. The trailer was part of a special-presentation from the publisher, which streamed the announcement of the game worldwide for fans of the franchise.
“The all-new Call of Duty delivers gritty realism, authenticity and cinematic intensity on an epic scale,” the publisher described in a statement. In addition to the game’s boots-on-the-ground combat, Multiplayer offers a host of new modes, system and gameplay innovations across iconic map locations. There will also be an all-new Nazi Zombies Cooperative mode that features a new storyline.
“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,” said Eric Hirshberg, Activision CEO. “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.”
“Call of Duty: WWII has been a journey of inspiration and passion for everyone at Sledgehammer Games. The team is dedicated to delivering on the intense nature of war that focuses on the heroism and sacrifice of soldiers in WWII. Our rich narrative driven, action-packed campaign, and engaging and innovative multiplayer experience immerse players into the boots of a soldier fighting for freedom in a world on the brink of tyranny. And, our co-operative mode delivers a unique storyline that’s an all-new take on Nazi Zombies that we think fans are going to love,” said Michael Condrey, Studio Head and Co-Founder of Sledgehammer Games.
Added Glen Schofield, Studio Head and Co-Founder of Sledgehammer Games, “the story we’re telling is unlike anything that we’ve tackled before. It’s such an amazing journey of common everyday people who became heroes. We want to respect this great generation of soldiers, tell a realistic story set in a true inflection point in human history, and deliver the best experience of our careers.”
Activision hopes that game provides an “honest portrayal” of World War II from the perspective of the famed 1st Infantry Division. The game will also feature an ensemble cast of “global and diverse characters”. Players will storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, march across France to liberate Paris and ultimately push forward into Germany in some of the most monumental battles of all-time.
Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer combat immerses players in grounded, fast-paced action featuring an arsenal of authentic weapons and equipment, set in some of the most iconic locations in World War II’s European theater. Multiplayer also delivers a new approach to character and create-a-class through Divisions, War, an all-new narrative multiplayer mode of play, and Headquarters, a first of its kind for the Call of Duty social community, designed for players to interact and socialize with friends.
The definitive World War II next generation experience also introduces Nazi Zombies, an all-new cooperative mode featuring a unique standalone storyline set during World War II that’s full of unexpected, adrenaline-pumping action. Look for more information about Multiplayer at E3 and the Nazi Zombies cooperative experience at a later date.
Call of Duty: WWII pre-orders (available at Amazon) and participating retailers includes access to the Private Beta, available first on PlayStation 4, scheduled for later this year. Call of Duty: WWII is available for pre-order in the following editions: the Base Edition and Digital Base Edition – Suggested Retail Price $59.99, the Digital Deluxe Edition – Season Pass and more, SRP $99.99, and the Pro Edition – Season Pass, collectible Steelbook and more, SRP $99.99,
Players that pre-order the game will be invited to the private beta ahead of the game’s release. Like previous installments before it, the game will also come in several limited and collector’s editions, and will offer both physical and digital content for players that pre-order the game ahead of its release. More information on the beta will be released at a later date, and more information on the game will be released at E3 2017. The game itself will release on November 3, 2017.