The recent Call of Duty: WW2 PC open beta may have been plagued with cheating and hacking issues, but it also provided fans with a chance to uncover more bits of information about the game. Digging into the game’s code, fans have turned up information about the title’s Zombies mode.
The leaked details include information about Call of Duty: WW2‘s Zombies mode perks, such as Panzerblitz (which provides players with a shield), Heilblitz (doubles the player’s health), Schnellblitz (which gives players an increased reload speed), and the Random Blitz Machine. There are also Classes (Offense, Control, Support, Medic, and Classic) and specific class perks such as Flak Jacket (“take no damage from your own explosives”), Hoarder (“carry and additional Blitz”), and Pack Mule (“carry a third primary weapon”). Weapon perks are mentioned too, including one that provides “Increased headshot damage. Decreased damage to the body,” but the full list is not yet available.
One of the major discoveries from the beta’s code is that Call of Duty: WW2‘s Zombies mode has its own microtransactions, which can unlock consumables. “Consumables in this game are not rarities themselves, rather the amount of times you can use them in a game is the rarity and you can carry up to 2 consumables at a time,” explains the leaker. Some of these consumables may be discounts (coupons for perks), weapon guarantees, keys (e.g keys that provide a 50% discount on door unlocks), power-ups, and both weapons and special weapons.
While not all of the leaks from the beta may be accurate, Call of Duty: WW2 developer Sledgehammer Games confirms that at least some of the leaks are true. The information may be “subject to change,” it says, and so the full list of microtransactions could well be tweaked before the game launches in full next month.
Recently, games like Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Forza Motorsport 7, and Star Wars Battlefront 2 have caught flak for their loot crates and microtransactions. Call of Duty players are well used to the business model by now, as many other iterations of the game have included this sort of mechanic.
However, it will be interesting to see what fans make of the microtransactions and loot crates this time around. Fans may deem them “acceptable,” as they do not change the course of competitive play. Or, will Call of Duty: WW2 just become the latest game to see loot crate backlash?
Call of Duty: WW2 will launch on November 3rd for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.