Alongside the World Reveal of Call of Duty: WWII, Sledgehammer Games let slip some story details and information about gameplay. You’ll play as Ronald “Red” Daniels, a 19 Year Old Texan rookie recruit. Sledgehammer Games wants players to worry about bullets, so your character isn’t some trained soldier or superhero. How you survive in Call of Duty: WWII remains unknown, but Michael Condrey says there is no health regeneration, or be able to pick up ammo.
“You have to worry about every bullet,” says Schofield. “You’re not the superhero. You can’t just stand there taking seven bullets, ducking, shooting again. It’s refreshing for us to deal with recruits who aren’t tier-one warriors, to show that vulnerability. They’re naive. It’s been a really cool challenge creating this different kind of gameplay.”
Your soldier has class-like abilities to help you in your survival. So, you’ll have to ask for a medic to help you heal up, or a fellow soldier to throw a magazine to you so you can reload for more ammo.
“Part of being this squad and working together was about helping each other out in a very different way than in previous games. This is [you] relying on your squad, and so that was a mechanic where you can rely on your squad members to help you, and in that case – when you’re low on ammo – your squad can share ammo. Certain members of your squad have certain attributes that can help you, and if you are in proximity to one of your squad members, and you need their help you can… it’s an active ability.”
But it’s not always sunshine for survival. You can and will lose your fellow squad members. So, if one of your squad members dies, you lose an ability that alters how you survive, or continue your quest for victory…
“Yeah – there’s possibilities of important members of your squad dying…You can be separated from guys with key abilities that would change how you play – if you’re not with the ammo guy then you have less ability to replenish your ammo. The human loss of your squad is an important emotional impact,” says Condrey, “and there’ll be times that you’re separated and you may lose people that are emotionally important to you, so all of those things can happen, yeah.”
Your squad is the 1st Infantry Division, and you will battle on the battlefields of France, Belgium, and Germany. You will be thrust into a global conflict that took place in 1940 and 1944, and then from 1944 to 1945 to help tell the World War 2 conflict better. Many factions, groups, and battalions will feature prominently across the game. The French Resistance is one that’s confirmed, an African American unit is another that’s confirmed as this is World War 2, the British will also play a role in the story, the U.S. Army, and the German Army were also confirmed to play a role.
Multiplayer isn’t much talked about at the World Reveal event, but Sledgehammer Games teased a sort of Social Hub called “Headquarters.” See for yourself…
They also teased a few other features: Divisions is a game mode in COD: WWII. Choose your division (Infantry, Airborne, or Armored), create your class, and progress through the mode with a possibility of unlocking new things, or upgrades. War is another game mode in COD: WWII. In war, you will be thrust into an allied force, in order to capture ground. There’ll be missions for you to partake in; one will on the defense, and the other will be om the attack.
Call of Duty: WWII is set to be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 3, 2017.