The Call of Duty: WWII reveal wasn’t met with the record-breaking hostility last year’s Infinite Warfare received, but it’s fair to say some fans aren’t happy. Of course there’s the usual segment which will now vociferously hate anything with the COD name attached, unwilling to forgive old sins, but even regular Call of Duty fans are a little bit disappointed about what could be perceived as a step back for the series.
After all, Call of Duty made a name for itself during the initial torrent of World War 2 titles, covering the world’s most infamous war in the original, Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 3 and Call of Duty: World at War. WW2 has been done before, no doubt about it, but it’s been nine years now since World at War. What it would be nice to see is an actually unique take on the subject matter. WW2 beginning in 1944 when the US invaded has been done to death already, and do we really need another beach landing? What about Germany’s invasion of France? Or the Blitzkrieg in Poland? Or the Soviet war with Finland? We may still get some unique perspectives, fingers crossed, but the trailer made it look like yet another Band of Brothers remake.
Despite retreading old ground, Call of Duty: WWII looks absolutely gorgeous, and there’s signs from Activision and Sledgehammer that it’s rethinking the hyper-fast combat which has become Call of Duty’s domain. Even something as simple as no health regeneration should give online players a little pause for thought, valuing a clean kill over a hectic face-off.
Of course, any lingering doubt is probably warranted, particularly for PC players. The last few Call of Duty games have been a bit a disappointment, reflected in a pretty low player-base on PC. At the time of writing, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare currently has 770 players online. Enough to find a match in most basic modes probably, but hardly a roaring success. Battlefield 1 currently has 10,651, for example.
At the end of the day there’s still a heck of a lot we still don’t know about Call of Duty: WWII, and the end product could go either way. For all the talk of respect to the subject matter, we’re still getting a co-op Zombie Nazis mode. Multiplayer may also be an absolute winner, rethinking the usual Call of Duty template. However, based on what we know so far, what are you plans for buying Call of Duty: WWII? Is there nothing Activision can do to get you pick up another COD? Or were you in as soon as you saw it was going back to World War Two? Let us know below!