In the same way that Christmas always arrives on the 25th December every year, followed by months of anticipation and fanfare, during which time an obscene amount of money is spent getting people to buy into its idea, you always knew a new Call of Duty game would release this year. In a world of fake news there are fewer and fewer facts and objective truths to be found, but this seems to be one of them. After weeks of speculation and leaked photos Activision announced the newest game in the series, Call of Duty: WW2, at the end of April. With still around six months left until the game is due to launch, we take a look at everything we know so far about the latest title in one of the biggest video game franchises of all time.
First thing’s first, here’s the first trailer released.
When, where, who, and how much?
Call of Duty: WW2 is due to release on 3rd November, which is highly unsurprising. The series has become so synonymous with a November launch that other developers try and steer clear from releasing games around the same period; a major reason for Titanfall 2 being commercially unsuccessful is thought to be because it released in between Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1. In line with previous releases, WW2 will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
This time around it’s Sledgehammer’s turn at developing, after Treyarch and Infinity Ward developed Black Ops 3 and Infinite Warfare respectively. Sledgehammer last developed Advanced Warfare in 2014, although WW2 is expected to be a little different to the sci-fi shooter. The price of its latest game hasn’t yet been revealed, but it will more than likely launch at £49.99 ($59.99) for the basic product.
Will there be a beta?
There will be a beta available for those who pre-order the game. If you pre-order through PlayStation or Xbox store you should have automatic access, and if you purchase through a retailer you should have the beta code on the receipt. Luckily for PlayStation 4 owners the agreement between Sony and Activision will still be standing come Call of Duty: WW2, meaning PlayStation 4 owners will have access to the beta before Xbox One players. Activision has announced that the trial period will run for at least three days, giving you a good amount of time to get your ‘boots on the ground’.
Where and when will it be set?
After a run of futuristic games turned many hardcore COD fans away from the series, Sledgehammer is sending the franchise back to where it all began, World War 2.
The first level will send players to the Normandy beaches, a move which has understandably drawn parallels with Saving Private Ryan, quite possibly the most brutal realisation of the D-Day Landings. Considering the period the Landings took place in, it’s likely that the game will cover 1944-1945, finishing with the demise of the Third Reich. The game will take players through France, Belgium, and Germany in some of the most famous battles of World War 2, including Hürtgen Forest on the Belgium-German border.