Sledgehammer Games and Activision have revealed that the next installment of Call of Duty will be returning to the routes of the series. Call of Duty: WWII was revealed in a live stream today, and detailed the setting, the premise, and gave a behind the scenes look at the making of the game.
The story takes place in the European theater through 1944 and '45. It follows the 1st Infantry Division, starting at the storming of the beaches at Normandy, and progressing through urban environments in France and Belgium on the way to Berlin. Fan-favorite guns, like the M1 Garand, STG-44, and the MG-42 are making a return as well.
The co-founders of Sledgehammer Games, Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey, expressed that the focus of the game would be on “intense, visceral, boots-on-the-ground gameplay,” and “brotherhood and comradery.”
New multiplayer modes being added include War, Headquarters and Divisions. Headquarters will allow players to be more social and have more interaction with other players. War is a narrative-focused mode where players will fight for strategic objectives as the Allied and Axis forces. Divisions will allow players to sign up for a division they wish to fight for, such as infantry or armored divisions. These modes are a new approach to Create-a-Class and character customization, further details will be revealed at E3 2017.
Nazi Zombies will be included as a co-op mode, but it isn't clear yet whether it will be similar to the previous iterations where you fight waves of zombies, or closer to Modern Warfare 2's Spec-Ops mode.
Players will be able to experience the multiplayer later in the year in a closed beta that can be accessed by pre-ordering the game, coming first on PS4 due to the exclusivity deal between Activision and Sony.
Call of Duty: WWII will release on November 3 2017, on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.