As part of a promotional campaign that seeks to further hit home the realism and attention to detail of Sledgehammer Games’ upcoming Call of Duty: WWII, actual World War II era planes will be flying over Los Angeles for the opening of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The event will also mark the first hands on, public multi-player opportunity for the highly anticipated latest Call of Duty title, which is set for an official release later this year in November.
Fans of the Call of Duty series have been treated to several very promising glimpses at the upcoming game, ever since its imminent release was announced earlier this spring. Now with E3 underway, we’ve received our greatest and most extensive look at the game, most specifically the impressive Call of Duty: WWII extended gameplay trailer that included some multi-player specific footage. It was indeed exciting for many, especially Word War II first-person shooter fanatics.
Not content it seems with what they’ve given the public so far, Sledgehammer will be deploying two groups of WWII era planes today to perform a flyby over the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, where E3 is taking place. The news comes to us courtesy a press release for Call of Duty: WWII and explains that starting at 4pm (UTC), the first flyby will take place, followed by a second at 4:45pm (UTC).
The planes involved in the flyby will take multiple passes over the convention center, flying at altitudes ranging (approximately) between 800-1,000 feet. Among the vintage aircraft will be a C-53 transport plane and an AT-6. The second flyby will feature a squadron. The C-53, which was a specialized paratroop variant of the C-47, was used extensively in the Second World War to drop paratroops into heavy battle zones as well as for the towing of gliders, which were used to bring in troops and heavy equipment into battle zones. The AT-6 (known more commonly as a T-6 since 1948) is a single engine aircraft used to train pilots during WWII. It is instantly recognizable however, thanks to its prominent appearance in WWII films and television over the years.
It’s fair to say that at this point Sledgehammer and EA are winning some serious points for promotion. Setting up a flyby with actual WWII era planes is a sure-fire method for getting people’s attention – especially during such a busy, prominent event as E3, where people’s attention is perhaps the greatest commodity. Not only will it thrill any WWII buffs who might be in attendance, but it will help create the sort of word of mouth buzz that will help set the stage for further exploration into what is surely one of 2017’s hottest upcoming titles.
But when all is said and done, what really matters most is whether or not Call of Duty: WWII is a strong enough game to impressive the gamers themselves. So far things may look impressive, but there’s still a long way to go before we learn what the game will and won’t feature and how it will all come together. For now, however, things are looking promising and if this E3 aerial show is anything to go by, Sledgehammer is dedicated to creating as authentic of an experience as is possible with their WWII shooter.
Source: Sledgehammer Games