Call of Duty: WWII has just been officially announced, but a tidal wave of leaks over recent weeks had already offered up enough evidence that 2017’s Call of Duty would be taking a jump back in time, even before Activision confirmed it. While we do know the official title and setting for the game, there’s still a great deal of mystery surrounding this year’s Call of Duty. Below, you’ll find everything we’ve been able to pick from the shadows, plus what we’re hoping to learn in due time.
What we know we know
Is a new Call of Duty game coming in 2017? Yep. Activision has announced Call of Duty: WWII as this year’s game.
What developer is working on Call of Duty: WWII? Activision currently cycles main Call of Duty developers on a three-year rotation, and the responsibility this year falls on Sledgehammer Games. Sledgehammer previously led work on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and assisted on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
When is the next Call of Duty set? The title—Call of Duty: WWII—and first official promo art for this year’s game have confirmed that the game will indeed be set during the Second World War. That follows a number of leaks and developer hints that all pointed to a return to World War II.
What platforms is this year’s Call of Duty coming to? While nothing has been announced for certain, Activision always takes a multiplatform approach to Call of Duty. Given the publisher’s decision to abandon old generation platforms with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, it’s all but guaranteed that the game will be releasing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Other platforms are an open question.
When will this year’s Call of Duty be revealed? Activision will fully reveal Call of Duty: WWII during a livestream on April 26th at 10 a.m PT.
How will this year’s Call of Duty be different from Infinite Warfare? Well, it won’t be in space or in the future, that’s for sure. Activision has told investors that this year’s game will mark a return to the series’ roots, and now that we know the title and historical setting, there’s plenty of room for some educated speculation on how the shift will affect gameplay, which is exactly what we do below.
What We Think We Know
How good are the graphics for the next Call of Duty? It’s generally accepted that each game in a series will be progressively better looking than the last, but this year’s Call of Duty may be kicking it up a notch. A job listing for a position at Sledgehammer Games could suggest that 2017’s Call of Duty is shooting for “photo-realistic” visuals. It may be a bit of a stretch, but it’s not impossible.
When is Call of Duty: WWII launching? Of the many leaks showing off promotional art for the game, one might have given us a release date. An image of a poster leaked to Twitter suggests that the release date for Call of Duty: WWII is November 3rd, 2017.
Will the game’s campaign follow multiple characters? Will there be any overlap? Most Call of Duty games have featured a campaign in which players view several conflicts from the perspective of different fighters, so it seems a safe bet that this format will be used for Call of Duty: WWII. The distinct theaters in the second World War offer unique settings and gameplay opportunities, so it remains to be seen how the developers will build on the formula that worked so well in the past.
Will the platforming mechanics of recent Call of Duty games be completely abandoned? Everyone can agree that jetpacks and double-jumping have no place in World War II, so it seems like a safe bet that no such systems will be present in the upcoming installment. That said, the evolution of the game’s platforming system has become such a staple of the series, it remains to be seen if we will see any residual fallout in the sequel.
Will Call of Duty: WWII feature a cooperative component? Every Call of Duty since World at War has featured a cooperative option, and most have been in the vein of wave survival. Shooters of this caliber are commonly expected to have something beyond just competitive multiplayer and a single-player campaign, so the question is less “will it have co-op?” and more “what will its co-op be?”
If we can assume co-op is on the way, does that mean the next Call of Duty game will have a Zombies mode? Treyarch Studios’ Nazi Zombies survival mode in Call of Duty: World at War proved wildly popular with fans, and since then, other Call of Duty subseries have tried to capture the same magic, sometimes centered around a different concept, like aliens. Those modes failed to catch on in quite the same way, however, and the past three titles have all directly adopted Zombies into their co-op experiences. It’s reasonable to expect that the new installment will do the same.
Will Call of Duty: WWII get DLC? Knowing Activision, this should really belong in the section for thing we’re certain about, but considering we haven’t even seen the game yet, we’ll show restraint. Taking into account recent leaks and general patterns of the series, fans can likely expect four post-launch expansion packs, likely including four multiplayer maps and one new cooperative chapter each.
Will Call of Duty: WWII feature similar timed-exclusivity deals on its DLC? The Call of Duty: WWII leak of a promotional poster revealed that the game would offer 30 days of exclusivity for all DLC on PlayStation 4, suggesting that Sony will have a similar deal with Activision to what the two companies have with Infinite Warfare.
What we still want to know
What theaters of World War II will be playable in Call of Duty: WWII? A World War II setting still leaves a wide variety of locations and time periods to fight in. Previous Call of Duty titles spanned the globe with skirmishes in France, Russia, Africa, Germany, Japanese islands and more, but this locational variety was only made possible through numerous installments. If the next game wants to up the ante for World War II shooters, it’ll have to cram in as many of these locales as it can.
During what period of World War II will Call of Duty: WWII take place? Part of what limited previous Call of Duty games to only a handful of regions each was the additional restrictions of time periods. Different titles took place at different periods over the course of World War II, but if 2017’s Call of Duty encompasses the entirety of the war, it would open up the full range of settings for players to experience.
How historically accurate will Call of Duty: WWII be? The timeline and history of World War II were relatively respected over the course of the early Call of Duty series. Depending on the perspective taken in the new installment, it seems only fitting that it will follow suit to an extent. After all, images of D-Day can be seen on the promotional material—and that’s an event with enough historical gravitas that you wouldn’t want to mess with it.
Will vehicles make a return in Call of Duty: WWII multiplayer? Previous Call of Duty titles set during World War II allowed players to drive vehicles on the battlefield, but the last game to do so was World at War in 2008. Since then, every yearly installment of the series has isolated vehicles to the roles of killstreaks. Could this be the Call of Duty game to bring them back?
Will classes return in Call of Duty: WWII‘s multiplayer? The majority of the Call of Duty series operated with a loadout system for multiplayer, but more recent games deviated from this trend with a class-based format in which each unique fighter had its own specialized ability. Call of Duty: WWII may attempt to marry the two concepts rather than fully reverting back to the old ways, but the game’s limited technology makes it hard to imagine a direct evolution of the class-based multiplayer.
How will weapons and killstreaks in Call of Duty: WWII vary from early installments? Much of the innovation in each subsequent Call of Duty release is found in the changes and updates made to the game’s multiplayer arsenal and killstreak options. The problem here is that—with such a large handful of earlier installments set during the same time period—the opportunity to innovate seems limited. There is nothing wrong with the popular arsenal of World War II, however, and one developer tease may have already hinted at a fan favorite handgun in the game.
Will Call of Duty: WWII be set in the same universe as any previous game? A small Easter egg found in the recent Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare revealed that the game was set in the same universe as the Modern Warfare subseries. It didn’t have any appreciable effect on the game, but it will be interesting to see if Call of Duty: WWII tries something similar.