No matter how many times we have waited in line to check out the latest ‘Call of Duty’ entry the fact remains the same: we are going to make sure we keep doing it. ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ is a return to the Golden Era of war gaming where there were two very clear sides to a war everybody around the world is familiar with: World War II. Sledgehammer is getting knocked by some sections of their fans for going back to exploit one of the most media-saturated wars of all time, but a recently released trailer shows that they are doing it with tact, heart, and complexity.
Before we dig into the trailer we want to point out that Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey has been making it more than abundantly clear that ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ isn’t going to be about humanizing ‘all sides’ of the war. To Condrey there are very clear lines in the sand regarding World War II and the newest ‘Call of Duty’ is going to accurately reflect that. Perhaps that is why the newest trailer, which details new character Private Ronald ‘Red’ Daniels, goes to such lengths to show the menace and brutality of the Nazi regime. The ‘Story Trailer’ focuses on Daniels, a young recruit, and his first exposure to war: storming the beach of Normandy on D-Day. Daniels serves in the US First Infantry Division and we get to follow along has he plays a part in one of the absolutely most massive amphibious attacks in the history of the world.
After surviving storming the beach we get to follow Red and his company of soldiers as they push across Europe, sampling all of the most iconic locations from one of the most brutal wars in the world. According to the team at Activision we will get to see the Battle of the Bulge, the Hurtgen Forest and more. A big goal for Activision and Sledgehammer was to create a campaign mode that was iconic but refreshing, something old-hat gamers could come into and legitimately enjoy playing. Still, fans are concerned that they are going to be treated to another rehashing of World War II and that could lead to disinterest, at least in the early going.
No matter how well received ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ ends up being, we can say that the first ‘Story Trailer’ looks epic and absolutely has our attention.