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Call of Duty: WW2 is taking the world's biggest shooter series back to its roots. While we were big fans of Infinite Warfare's space-spanning combat and sci-fi bombast, there was a sense that there was nowhere left for the series to go. To add to that, a fan backlash at Infinite Warfare's reveal suggested that its players wanted a return to the 'boots on the ground', historic frontline combat from which the series made its name.
They are getting their wish, with Call of Duty: WW2 returning to humanity's deadliest conflict. Here is everything you need to know.
Call of Duty: WW2 will be released on 3 November 2017 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. No plans to bring it to the Nintendo Switch have been announced.
In its traditional developer rotation, it is the turn of Sledgehammer Games to take the Call of Duty helm. Sledgehammer first came to the series to help out on development for Modern Warfare 3 and took over as the primary developer for the first time on 2014's Advanced Warfare.
Unfortunately, you've missed all of the announced betas! They've all been and gone, with mixed results. On PC, the beta was riddled with people cheating and hacking, as the beta didn't have all of the anti-hacking features enabled. Sledgehammer Games have said they've taken this seriously, and when the full anti-hacking features are enabled at launch, it's likely we won't be seeing this sort of problem.
The existence of a Nazi Zombie mode in Call of Duty: WW2 has been confirmed! It looks not unlike Sniper Elite's Nazi Zombie mode: you'll be travelling through a village in Mittelburg, Germany, to recover priceless art that the Axis forces have stolen. Of course, as this is the Nazi Zombie mode, things take a turn for the worse.
Unlike some previous affairs, this seems much more like a co-op storyline rather than a set of unconnected missions. As it's taking place during WW2, we're unlikely to see things move into space, but given it's Call of Duty: WW2's Nazi Zombie mode, anything could happen. You can watch the (incredibly graphic and gory) trailer below.
One user on reddit, that232guy, has claimed to pull a lot of data from the Nazi Zombies mode, though, and while a lot of it is what you'd expect, there's also some new features, like its very own consumable loot boxes.
Without going into all of it, as it would take all day, there's a series of perks that seem to be bought with a currency calls Jolts, 5 different classes with a special ability, class perks which are selected in menus before the game, and a series of weapon perks to unlock.
Mystery Boxes and the Pack-A-Punch are returning (although the latter seems to be called the Ubersprengen), something called a Photobooth which allows you to get your weapons ack after death, and a series of cinematics that will unlock as you go through the Nazi Zombies mode.
There's also a number of consumables, which come from Zombie Crates, that232guy claims they are gained through microtransactions. Consumables have a rarity from common to epic, each rarity increasing its numbers of uses per match by 1.
Consumables can come in the form of discounts (or coupons for perks), weapon guarantees, keys, power ups, special weapons, and plain weapons.
There's also a full list of weapons, including some interesting options like the Bloodraven Sword and one weapon called Bloodthirst. This leak hasn't been confirmed as accurate, though, so take it all with a pinch of salt.
You are a member of the US ‘Bloody First’ infantry division, storming the beach at Normandy on D-Day. The game takes place entirely the in European theatre between 1944 and 1945, storming the beaches on D-Day and pushing through France and Luxembourg towards Germany. As well as the D-Day landings, you will take part in other central battles of the war effort, including the Battle of the Bulge in the forests of Ardennes. Along the way you will join up with, among others, the British Army and French Resistance.
You are Private Ronald 'Red' Daniels, a green recruit joining the frontlines with his friend Private Zussman as they push through Europe lead by Sergeant William Pierce, played by Transformers star Josh Duhamel. In stark contrast to recent Call of Duty games, Sledgehammer were keen to drive home that the game would focus more strongly on the relationships between soldiers and different nationalities on the ground and the gritty realism of the period.
While Private Daniels is the focus of Call of Duty: WW2's story, you'll also be playing as a female French resistance soldier, called Rousseau, an RAF pilot, and a tank commander. An interview with GQ mentioned how you'll go through the phases of the Allied forces liberating Paris, only to lose it again. The story of Private Daniels tells of how he first saw combat on D-Day, taking part in the Battle of the Bulge as he pushes forward with allied forces.
Historian Marty Morgan, renowned WW2 historian worked on the game for two years, ‘devoting his life’ to capturing the essence of war for the game.
Condrey said authenticity was key to bringing both Allied and Axis weapons into the game, referring to guns that previous players would have experienced in game before. The M1 Garand, Grease Guns and scoped M190s. And a flamethrower, if the above image is anything to go by. They will be familiar, but given that this is the first WW2 game on current hardware, you might get an extra kick out of using them.
Morgan also pointed out his distaste misinformation with historical media, recounting a tale in the above interview with GQ on how Saving Private Ryan used a sniper rifle and scope that was never used in Europe during WW2 - he would make sure that the team behind Call of Duty: WW2 would only use authentic weapons.
Sledgehammer were keen to stress that the multiplayer will be focused on ‘boots on the ground’ (a phrase they repeated a lot) combat. For our full opinions on the multiplayer, we played the private beta and gave our impressions.
The Season Pass will be offering four DLC packs throughout 2018, which include new multiplayer maps (plus more Nazi zombies and War Missions), plus the special Carentan map, revamped from the original Call of Duty.
If you pre-order Call of Duty: WW2, you'll get a multiplayer upgrade (weapon unlock and 2XP), 1,100 Call of Duty coins, the Divisions Pack (which includes gear inspired by the five divisions in Call of Duty: WW2), and the Nazi Zombies Camo weapon skin.