After years of modern and future warfare dominating the FPS scene, Call of Duty is returning to its roots.
The only word that really describes Call of Duty: World War 2 is “finally.” Make no mistake about it, Call of Duty needed the World War 2 breather that it took eight years ago. Call of Duty got its start in World War 2 and exclusively had all of its games set during World War 2 for basically six years; the only exception being Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. So naturally, the series transitioned to modern and futuristic warfare while taking a quick detour to Vietnam in Call of Duty: Black Ops. People wanted something new and they got it. But you can only take jump packs and robots for so long before it starts to become tiresome and you need something new again.
Going back to square one and getting our boots on the ground in World War 2 is exactly what Call of Duty needs. Yesterday’s Call of Duty: World War 2 reveal trailer wasn’t the flashiest trailer anyone’s ever seen but it didn’t need to be. It’s Call of Duty and it’s World War 2; that’s all we needed. The trailer gives us a sneak peak at what looks like the gritty, next-gen, Band of Brothers style World War 2 game that everyone wants. It’s been forever since we stormed the beaches of Normandy and tackled the European theater. Now we’re back…but it’s a year too late.
It’s annoying to go here but you can’t not bring it up at this point; Battlefield 1 has cut the legs out from under Call of Duty: World War 2. FPS gamers were dying for a non-modern/future warfare game for a couple years and last year, the backlash towards Call of Duty releasing another futuristic game in contrast to the hype for Battlefield releasing a World War 1 game made that blatantly obvious. Battlefield 1 was wildly overhyped for that singular reason. People wanted something new and one franchise gave it to them while the other one pumped out more nonsense that the people didn’t want. If Call of Duty had returned to World War 2 last year, it would have seen similar treatment and there would have been an FPS war last fall. Right now it’s nice, but it’s not blowing anyone away because people quenched their thirst six months ago. Battlefield just straight up beat Call of Duty to the punch.
Now none of that means Call of Duty: World War 2 looks bad or that people don’t like it. In Call of Duty: World War 2’s campaign, you’ll no longer be able to regenerate your health or collect ammo everywhere; you’ll have to find med kits and ammo supplies just like back in the old days. Call of Duty is really going old school this time; you’re going to be dropped right into the meat of World War 2 and you’re going to have to fight your way through it. We also know that Nazi Zombies will be making its return and we’ll learn more about the game’s multiplayer at E3 in June. So far, it looks like Call of Duty is hitting all the right buttons and they’re at least garnering interest again. But I’m going to have to see a whole lot more for this series to pull me back in.
Call of Duty: World War 2 is being developed by Sledgehammer Games and will be released on November 3, 2017.