Call of Duty: WW2 is inspired by walking simulator games, reveals Sledgehammer Games. The developer recently detailed the 'vision' behind the World War 2 shooting game, detailing the lengths it had gone to to make the game historically accurate.
In a recent interview, Call of Duty: WW2's senior creative director Bret Robbins described the game as much more "character-focused" and said that "climax of our story lives or dies on how invested you are in the characters." Although this is something the games "struggle with" sometimes, Robbins tried to take cues from those that do it best, such as so-called 'walking simulators.'
"Firewatch is one of my favorite games. Gone Home was great. Games are growing up and the audience is sophisticated. More and more, they expect a good story," explained the executive. Robbins also name checked Virginia as a game that he looked towards for "inspiration and for techniques."
Walking simulators are sometimes criticized for offering strong stories but lacklustre gameplay, but it seems that the Call of Duty: WW2 team is hoping to deliver on both fronts. "We want something meaningful and a bit deeper. You need that kind of quiet to balance the crazy. You need both or one will go flat without the other," said Robbins.
Right now many will agree that Sledgehammer Games is making the right noises about Call of Duty: WW2, which has a well-liked announcement trailer. It's still too soon to gauge but it sounds as though the game's story campaign can deliver the expected bombastic action sequences as well as well as a thoughtful narrative that really resonates.
Sledgehammer Games has yet to show off Call of Duty: WW2 multiplayer gameplay, though, and this is the series' staple and why many fans are drawn to the first person shooting series year after year. The developer has promised some ambitious features on this front too, including a social hub and new game modes but if the team can get these things right alongside a solid single player story campaign then Call of Duty: WW2 could well prove and overwhelming success.
Call of Duty: WW2 will release November 3, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.