Call of Duty: The Shift Back To its Roots

“No Mission Too Difficult. No Sacrifice Too Great. Duty First!” – Motto of the Army 1st ID aka Big Red 1

It has been a long time coming for COD to return back to WWII, 9 years when the newest game releases, and a much-awaited return to a more grounded COD experience. The reveal today gave me hope for the franchise once again as a long time fan dating all the way back to 2003 with the first release. Sledgehammer has the potential to deliver one of the greatest WWII experiences in video game history as the reveal trailer was nothing short of Saving Private Ryan, which honestly kick started my whole appreciation and fascination with the WWII era.  

A game of boots on the Ground

Throughout the reveal, Sledgehammer has pounded the point home that this COD is a return to the roots of the series. That means boots on the ground, gun on gun gameplay, and a campaign that focuses on the dark unforgiving side of WWII.  The campaign will focus on Pvt. Ronald “Red” Daniels, named after Glen Schofield’s father who passed during production of the game, a 19 yo boy from Texas who, probably like most during that time, went off to serve his country with dreams of being a war hero and feeling indestructible with it all being snatched away in an instant once placed on a Higgens boat off the coast of Normandy, France. The campaign is expected to go from the D-day landing and focus on some known and unknown battles during the time from Hurtgen Forest, The Rhine river, The battle of the bulge, Bastogne, Caen, and others. One of the other big reveals was actor Josh Duhamel’s role would be the acting Sargent for the squad and a kinda father figure to Pvt. Daniels.large

 Weapons of Terror

With the focus shifting back to boots on the ground, the team at Sledgehammer also wanted to bring an aspect not seen in many WWII shooters, closest being Brothers in Arms, and that’s actual terror. Now we have all heard guns firing in video games before or the sounds of tanks approaching but the devs want you to actually feel a little fear when these things happen and that is something I have honestly wanted for quite some time. One of the most frightening sounds I could imagine as a foot soldier during WWII would have to go to either the MG-42 aka the sheet ripper for the sound it made when firing reminded many soldiers of sheets being ripped or to one of the many variants of Panzer tanks, the heavily armored and almost indestructible tank that could easily match three of America’s M4 Sherman tanks just off of raw fire power and shock value, especially the Tiger and King Tiger models. If they can nail that and make you feel hopeless then they will have truly won me over.

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….But what about the multiplayer

Ok ok I know yall heard me throw out some things about how I like WWII and some small facts sprinkled in, but you wanna know about the thing that brings in a lot of folks to COD. Well you know as much as about anyone else does until the E3 reveal but they did share some details on what to expect.

Multiplayer elements coming to Call of Duty: WWII include:

  • War: This narrative-driven mode brings a gripping new layer of excitement to Axis vs. Allies team play.
  • Divisions: A new approach to Create-a-Class and character customization as you enlist in a division and progress through the ranks.
  • Headquarters: A brand-new, social feature for Call of Duty, where you rally and interact with your fellow soldiers.

Now headquarters will be interesting as it will probably remind people of the Tower from Destiny, ya know that oh so famous spot that we all grew to love (or hate). What exactly we will be able to do there who knows, but if I had a wish list it would include:

  • Firing Range – Test out new weapons before going into games
  • Poker table – Cause why not, pass the time by screwing people over in camp for rations and cigs


Time to go back into hell

So the reveal was short, sweet, and to the point. Sledgehammer has already stated they will release a lot more info in the coming months and with E3 a short distance away and Nov. 3rd seeming like an eternity now my anticipation continues to grow. Now if you can’t wait until Nov. 3rd then you are in luck cause they will be holding a private beta first to PlayStation very soon and the only way to get in is to pre-order the game here from PSN for digital users or from any of your favorite retailers. So what did you guys think of the reveal? Leave a comment below and as always stay up to date with all things PlayStation here at

sources: Activision Game Blog

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