We already know that Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: WWII will feature two of the most famous battles of all time: the Normandy Beach invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. Now it’s been revealed that Operation Cobra, an offensive during which thousands of Allied planes bombarded Nazi forces, will also be playable in the campaign.
In an interview for GameStop, Geoff Keighley talked with Sledgehammer co-founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield about the upcoming World War II shooter, and what should have been a boring, predictable PR fluff piece actually revealed that players would be taking part in what became the largest aerial bombardment of all time.
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Operation Cobra was a two-pronged approach during the larger Normandy Campaign. Devised by the First Army’s Lt. Gen. Omar Bradley, the offensive commenced with thousands of Allied bombers raining hell on the German Normandy front. U.S. troops on the ground took advantage of the crumbling German defensive lines and eventually forced a retreat. It was one of the most decisive offensives in the entire war.
We don’t know exactly what role the player will take in the Operation Cobra mission—whether you will be on the ground during the bombardment or actually in a bomber—but Call of Duty has done aerial missions like that before. Remember the “Death from Above” mission in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare? That mission had you killing combatants from the faraway, metallic womb of an AC-130 gunship, and the result was a weird mix of satisfying gameplay and coldly distant murder. We’re pretty sure Sledgehammer won’t take the same, quasisatirical approach to its Operation Cobra mission, given its noted desire to take the war as seriously as possible, but we can’t help but draw the obvious parallel.
Call of Duty: WWII is scheduled for release on November 3rd for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. In the meantime, Sledgehammer will be hosting regular behind-the-scenes livestreams that will be revealing more information, so be sure to check those out.