The first trailer for Call of Duty: World War II's story-driven campaign mode has been released. The fourteenth primary installment in the Call of Duty series marks the return of the franchise to a World War II setting for the first time in nearly ten years, following the release of Call of Duty: World at War back in 2008.
While the entire game is set in the European theater of the war, the game's campaign, on the other hand, centers around a single squad of the 1st Infantry Division whose main post lies in the Western Front. In terms of the gameplay, WWII is the first Call of Duty title since the original game to not have a health generation feature in the campaign. Instead, gamers would have to rely on their medic teammates for health packs and other teammates for ammunition supply. Judging by the trailer for the game's story mode, health packs and ammunition will very much affect how you progress (or don't) in the game.
The official Call of Duty: WWII Story trailer has made its online debut via the game's official YouTube page. The full clip, which you can watch above, is both dramatic and dark in tone - showing soldiers, presumably members of the protagonist squad, being captured by the Nazis and held as prisoners of war. The video has been released alongside an official synopsis for the campaign mode, which reads as follows:
"Call of Duty: WWII tells the story of Private Ronald “Red” Daniels, a young recruit in the U.S. First Infantry Division who experiences combat for the first time on D-Day, one of the largest amphibious assaults in history. After surviving the beaches of Normandy, Red and his squad will fight their way across Europe, engaging the enemy in iconic battle locations such as the Hürtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge, as they make their way into Germany."
Daniels' superiors, Pierson and Turner, also have an interesting conversation during the trailer - showing that the two have worked together several times, but have ideological differences when it comes to how they approach their current dilemma. While Turner subscribes to a "man before the mission" philosophy (convincing his compatriot to save Red and the rest), Pierson believes in serving the greater cause and is willing to accept what he views as being minuscule sacrifices to make, in order to win the overall battle. It will be interesting how their conflict will affect Red's chances at survival.
Interestingly, the trailer does not include any first-person gameplay. Instead, it highlights the sharp graphics of the game, as best illustrated by the facial expressions of the characters. Other details, like the lingering shots of fallen soldiers and gunfire explosions included here, further reflect the game's attempt to offer a highly-immersive experience for gamers. Moreover, the game does not look to shy away from addressing the realities of the Holocaust as part of its portrayal of the second World War. Oftentimes, games set during WWII have glossed over the horrors of genocide and focused on bloody battles/heist sequences instead, but Call of Duty is aiming to break new ground in that respect.
Call of Duty: WWII becomes available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows worldwide on November 3rd.