The long running Call of Duty franchise continues to be a force each and every year for Activision. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare became the best selling game of 2016, even though its trailer received a ton of hate and dislikes on YouTube. In an effort to refresh the franchise, Call of Duty: WW2 is bringing the series back to its roots and so far, it seems the fanbase is responding well to this new direction.
In a post earnings call with investors, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg confirmed that Call of Duty: WW2 has seen an overwhelmingly positive response from both fans and critics after playing the E3 2017 build. Both the reveal trailer and Nazi Zombies trailers have gone on to become the most liked videos in franchise history as well. The company believes it has the right game at the right time, returning to a boots on the ground style with authentic military content and context.
Hirshberg also revealed that the franchise as a whole has stabilized after the underwhelming reception of Infinite Warfare. Citing the recent influx of content for Modern Warfare Remastered, Infinite Warfare, and the recently released Zombie Chronicles, the last few quarters show the size, strength, and stability of the Call of Duty franchise.
With an upcoming private beta test later this month and in early September, Activision hopes to convert even more players. Details on what players can expect to be playing are still a little light, though fans do know that the new Divisions feature will be active, letting players pick from five distinct military divisions, each offering a special perk and passive ability.
Players who participate in the beta are also getting a special beta combat pack, filled with a trio of in-game items to show off that they were there. But really, the main selling point of the beta is a chance to see what Sledgehammer is bringing to the table in multiplayer. Our time with the game at E3 2017 showed a lot of promise, but that was only a small slice. This beta will likely show how well the game’s multiplayer can sustain fans’ interest.
Call of Duty: WW2 releases on November 3, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.