Following the confirmation of the game’s existence last week, the video game publisher Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games finally debuted the official reveal trailer for the forthcoming first-person shooter, Call of Duty: WW2 during a worldwide livestream event today. As one would expect, the footage is comprised of plenty of intense action that depicts the grueling nature inherent within the combat of the Second Great War.
As seen below in the first official trailer for Call of Duty: WW2, the video’s contents have been taken from actual in-game footage, and begins on D-Day with the storming of the beaches of Normandy. From there, viewers are given looks at other parts of the Normandy mission with the 1st Infantry Division involving the commandeering of tanks to fight off enemy aircraft, the besieging of cities, as well as a glimpse at actor Josh Duhamel’s character, Sgt. William Pierson.
In addition to the showing of some in-game assets, the first Call of Duty: WW2 trailer also confirms a couple of early press leaks that occurred in the days leading up to today’s official reveal. For starters, the shooter’s release date leaks were accurate, as the game will be coming out on November 3, 2017. Not to mention, at the tail end of the reveal trailer, it has been confirmed that Call of Duty: WW2 will indeed have a private beta that’s accessible on PlayStation 4 first for those who pre-order the game.
According to Activision’s CEO Eric Hirshberg, one of the main reasons as to why the series is going back to World War II stems from the fact that the fans were excited at the prospect of the franchise returning to the games’ roots, as the first Call of Duty set the pace for the series as a whole by being placed in the Second Great War. Interestingly enough, though, the Activision executive neither confirmed nor denied the publishing company being influenced by Electronic Arts’ decision to go back in time to World War I with Battlefield 1.
All things considered, it will be interesting to see if Call of Duty: WW2 manages to reinvigorate excitement for the first-person shooter franchise, as the fan base has dropped off after the last few entries that involved more futuristic settings. With any luck, Activision and Sledgehammer games will not only be able to provide an exciting return to form with Call of Duty: WW2, but also will present an authentic and tasteful representation of one of the world’s darkest hours.
Call of Duty: WW2 is slated to release on November 3, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.