Call of Duty: WWII developer Sledgehammer Games has confirmed that the shooter will accurately depict the racism that afflicted many soldiers during the Second World War.
One of the characters players will encounter over the game’s single-player campaign is an African-American officer named Cormack. The creative decision has caused fans to wonder how the developer will handle the racial tension of the time period when military units were segregated and African-Americans soldiers were undervalued despite the pivotal role they played. In a recent interview posted to Reddit, Sledgehammer Games co-found Glen Schofield addressed the subject by claiming that the developer won’t shy away from the historical problem.
Schofield can be little hard to hear in the interview, so for clarity, this is what he said:
“In America, it was a segregated army, but the African American troops were indispensable. The part of the story is that we… They cross paths and we work together and that’s the way it was. Now, we don’t hide the racism. We don’t shy away from it.”
Along with African-American soldiers, the developer also recently confirmed women would be playable in both the game’s single-player and multiplayer. Some have called this progressive choice into question over its historical accuracy, but roles of women in resistance movements during the war often put them fighting alongside men, which is exactly what the game will explore. The specific female playable in the campaign is named Rousseau—a fighter in the French Resistance—and she can be seen in a collection of images recently discovered through the mysterious Call of Duty: WWII teaser site.
Call of Duty: WWII is slated to launch November 3rd on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.