Today, Activision showed of the first gameplay reveal for Call of Duty: WW2. This year's annual entry comes from Sledgehammer Games and like the title suggests, the game heads back to World War II. Yep, you'll be storming Normandy Beach again.
"When we greenlit this game, three years ago now, we knew it was time to go back to our roots," said Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. "Call of Duty: WW2 also features a multiplayer game that brings back the intense, visceral boots-on-the-ground gameplay our fans love as well as some innovations that push the gameplay forward."
The game's private multiplayer beta will be coming later this year. Those who pre-order will gain access to that private beta.
"The team worked to bring a wide variety of weapons from both Allied and Axis forces to life. For us, authenticity was key," said Sledgehammer CEO Michael Condrey. "From the iconic ping of the empty M1 Garand to the power of the first assault rifles, these guns have a weight to them that's real visceral."
According to Sledgehammer general manager Glen Schofield, the game takes place entirely in the European theater, primarily in 1944 and 1945. If you were hoping for a large scope and scale to the conflict, or a bit more variety in your World War II experience, this isn't that game. The primary story follows the 1st Infantry Division, known as the "Bloody 1st".
Throughout most of the story campaign, you'll play as Private Red Daniels. Daniel's best friend and fellow Private Robert Zussman is played by Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom, Hannibal, Parenthood), Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Battle Creek) will play Technical Sergeant William Pierson, and Jeffery Pierce (Bosch, The Last of Us) will play 1st Lieutenant Joseph Turner.
The post-show tackled the game's multiplayer in brief. First up is the Headquarters, which is a social lobby space for players to hang out in-between matches. War mode is a narrative-driven multiplayer mode, where teams of players fight in iconic World War II battles.
The game's third mode after single and multiplayer will be Zombies, with a story experience involving the Third Reich attempting to create a new living weapon.
A GameInformer preview also noted that health does not auto-regen in the game. Health packs are a thing in Call of Duty: WW2 and you'll have to call on squadmates to get them, ammunition, or covering fire.
All in all, the livestream was pretty slight on gameplay details. It's a Call of Duty game in World War II with a full story campaign, multiplayer, and zombies. It's coming November 3. Please be excited.