Another year, another Call of Duty. Activision's blockbuster FPS has slipped on a new outfit and returned to shop shelves every single year since 2005 (2004 was an off-year). 2017 will be no exception.
But with last year's Infinite Warfare, the franchise suffered two steps backward for its chronological leap forwards. The sci-fi setting was poorly received from the outset, and this translated into a 50% sales drop versus 2015's Black Ops 3. For CoD fans, it appears that space is the final frontier and the final straw.
Time for a change. The Black Ops series slowly drew the Call of Duty games further into the realm of techo-warfare, but now the franchise will roll backward in time. The titanic success of Battlefield 1 has clearly demonstrated the hunger amongst gamers for real-world, historical conflicts, and Activision isn't ready to relinquish the crown to EA.
We've gathered everything we know so far about this upcoming addition to the CoD family in one place. This page will continually update as new information emerges.
Call of Duty: WW2 basics – what is it? Who's making it?
Call of Duty: WW2 is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, one of the three studios which Activision uses to produce annual instalments of the series.
The last game Sledgehammer developed was Advanced Warfare, which was released back in 2014.
Rather unsurprisingly, WW2 game is a first person shooter set in World War 2. Players will be storming the shore at Normandy and taking part in numerous other important battles.
Multiplayer content is mostly remaining under wraps, but will continue to be the series' primary focus.
Call of Duty: WW2 trailer: how's it looking?
Sledgehammer and Activision debuted the first footage of WW2 at a worldwide reveal event in London.
It looks like the game will deliver more of the fast-faced, large-scale set pieces we're used to seeing from CoD.
Call of Duty: single-player gameplay – what will the campaign be like?
- Main campaign set in latter stages of WW2
- Follows US 1st Infantry Division, but also French and British troops
- "Nazi zombie" cooperative mode
Call of Duty: WW2 will whisk players back to 1944, as the US joins its European allies in the war effort against Germany.
The campaign follows the US 1st Infantry Division, with players taking charge of Ronald 'Red' Daniels, a green recruit from Texas.
"Call of Duty: WWII tells the story of heroism on a global scale, through the unbreakable brotherhood of common men fighting to preserve freedom in a world on the brink of tyranny. Players enlist in a gritty, intense campaign through the harrowing battlegrounds of war, facing overwhelming odds and hostile terrain across Europe, in a gripping experience that honors the history of World War II."
Sledgehammer even hired a historian full-time to assist on the project.
The campaign mostly sticks with Daniels, but will also occasionally shift perspective to other characters, such as British intel officer and French resistance fighter.
Leaks before the worldwide reveal pointed to a standalone cooperative campaign. This has been revealed as a "nazi zombie" story mode which catalogues Germany's (completely fictional) efforts to create an undead army in the latter stages of the war.
Call of Duty: multiplayer gameplay – what will the online experience be like?
Sledgehammer was more tight-lipped regarding CoD: WW2's multiplayer. Those juicy morsels are being held back for E3.
What we do know is that multiplayer will include famous European locales and skirmishes from the conflict. Expect to travel across France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg. It's unclear whether WW2 will include famous sites from further afield, like Pearl Harbour, but it seems likely.
A new hub area called Headquarters will allow large numbers of players to socialise, brag about their rank, in an attempt to make the online space feel more communal.
War Mode was also announced during the worldwide reveal - an large-scale objective-based skirmish between the Allies and Axis which sounds a bit like Battlefeild 1's Operations mode.
Call of Duty: WW2 release date – when is it coming out? Is there a beta?
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With regard to Call of Duty release dates, Activision is more regular than an all-bran diet.
The most recent game in the series, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, was released on November 4. Before that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was released on November 6. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was released on November 4. Last but not least, Call of Duty: Ghosts finally saw daylight on November 5.
Call of Duty: WW2 will debut on November 3, 2017.
Impatient players will be please to know that the CoD: WW2 'private beta' has been announced, but as per usual it's been tied to pre-orders of the game. There was no sniff of plans for an open beta.
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