A few hours ago, as of writing this article Activision and Sledgehammer games released the first official trailer for their latest Call of Duty game titled Call of Duty: World War II. As we can see from the trailer the developers have decided to go back to the roots of the franchise and intend to give the fans the mid-2000s throwback that they have been clamoring for since Modern Warfare 3and the franchise slowly started to lose its respectability. And from the looks of the trailer it will be just that; a grim World War II shooter with an overly serious tone and the dark grey aesthetics that are seemingly mandatory for everything involving the so called Greatest Generation’s battle with the Axis Powers. It looks intense, violent and the kind of shakeup that the franchise needs to get out of its current rut. Still though, I can’t shake the feeling that I’ve seen this somewhere before.
Oh. Oh, that’s why.
Now to be fully honest with you I haven’t actually played a Call of Duty game since Black Ops 2 so the full weight of how bad this series may or may not have become is a little lost on me and perhaps this is the kind of shakeup that the franchise needs. But as I watched this trailer I couldn’t help but think to myself that I’ve already played this game before and seen these cut scenes several times. It’s Saving Private Ryan. It’s Band of Brothers. It’s Fury. It’s Call of Duty: Finest Hour. It’s Call of Duty 2: The Big Red One. Heck, the look of this trailer isn’t that dissimilar from the tank storyline in Battlefield 1 and seeing a game play out in a way that I’ve already seen a dozen times before isn’t something that I find particularly interesting.
Now, once again, I am not the biggest Call of Duty fan and am not all that eager for the return of the World War II shooter. I think that it’s a gaming subgenre that has long since been played out and if I wanted to go back to it I would just load up my old copy of one of those games on Steam. But if this is what you’re looking for I’m honestly glad that you’ll have the opportunity to see the franchise return to its roots. I may not get as much enjoyment out of it but if you do I could not be happier for you and am eager to see how this whole thing turns out.
Trey Griffeth is the Head Writer of The Nerd Hub's Comic Book Spotlight section as well as a contributing writer to Video Game Spotlight. In addition to his work with The Nerd Hub, he is also a Staff Writer for Heroic Hollywood.