In a new trailer for Call of Duty: WW2 developers from Sledgehammer Games discuss the vision of this year’s entry in Activision’s mega FPS franchise. While the phrase “boots on the ground” got overused and became the subject of jokes online during the initial reveal of the game, Sledgehammer says Call of Duty: WW2 is the developer’s chance to tell the “epic, gritty, visceral story of the world’s greatest conflict.”
It’s clear that Sledgehammer Games is out to capture an authentic look at the conflict of World War II. From the visuals, to the sounds, to the story, Sledgehammer says it has gone to great lengths to ensure the accuracy and authenticity of the second World War.
In the trailer, the developers at Sledgehammer can be seen visiting and documenting the actual locations where many of the game’s battles took place, scanning vehicles and equipment then reproducing them in-engine, recording the sounds of weapons, and watching historical footage taken during the war.
But Call of Duty: WW2 isn’t a documentary—it tells a fictional story in its campaign for players to experience. Creative Director Bret Robbins says the game’s story “weaves in and out of real historical events” with the team working hard to recreate those battles in-game. And while the exact story is being kept under wraps for now, Sledgehammer said again and again that the themes of camaraderie, brotherhood, and “the man fighting beside you” became the driving force behind the game’s story.
If Sledgehammer is able to deliver on its vision, the developer hopes players “will walk away [from playing the game] feeling like they really know these guys and […] care about them.” No doubt bringing in actor Josh Duhamel to star in the game as one of those soldiers players fight alongside is part of that goal.
Clearly, Sledgehammer Games has set a vision for what it hopes will be a powerful and authentic look at World War II in its campaign for Call of Duty: WW2, but fans will have to see if all that work pays off come when the game releases this fall.
On the flip side of the authentic, story-based look at World War II, the game will also feature a multiplayer component and the developer has been teasing a return of the franchise’s Zombies Mode.
Call of Duty: WW2 will release November 3, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.