CALL OF DUTY: WWII
Call Of Duty: World War II’s Zombies are going all survival horror
Sledgehammer Games is doing more than just taking Call Of Duty ‘back to its roots’ with its World War II setting. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the developer set forth its ambitions to make this iteration of the famous Zombies mode the scariest yet, with a unique storyline and a new take on what Zombies can do.
Sledgehammer has toned down the ridiculous B-movie settings of the past few games, instead opting for a more survival horror-like experience. This version of Zombies will see you and three friends embark on a tense and uncertain journey through a wintry Bavarian village, through snowy streets into the blood-drenched sewers and, ultimately, into secret laboratories excavated out of the bedrock.
During World War 2, it’s well documented that the Axis powers managed to steal artwork from local towns and villages around the warzone. In COD: WWII’s Zombies mode it’s your job to retrieve some of these pilfered portraits from an outlying German village called Mittelburg. You play as a team sent from the Monuments, Fine Arts, And Archives Section of the Allied Forces – the same team that’s already been fictionalised in movie The Monuments Men.
The thing is, all is not as it seems in Mittelburg, and while your mission to retrieve stolen art might at first seem like your most important task, you’ll soon find yourself in the middle of a sinister plot to unleash an army of Nazi undead on the unsuspecting world. Put that paintbrush away and grab an M1 Garand.
It’s certainly a lot more serious and involved than Zombies’ last few iterations, and looks like it’ll fit in particularly well with Call Of Duty: World War II’s main campaign offering, too. There’s still an element of the supernatural to the whole thing, of course – this is Zombies. This time the game’s main big bad is Doktor Peter ‘Glucksbringer’ Straub, played by Grindhouse’s Udo Kier – he
YOU’LL SOON FIND YOURSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF A SINISTER UNDEAD PLOT.
starred in the segment called Werewolf Women Of The SS.
Doktor Straub, a crazed Nazi scientist, believes he’s seen the end of the ‘old world’ and has made plans to return the dead to life and bring about a new world order. To that end, he’s not only figured out how to animate the dead, he’s also created hulking undead behemoths that are single-mindedly designed to destroy. From what Activision has shown so far, you can expect quite a few different enemy types, from your standard shambling hordes to flaming carcasses, specialised units and boss-type enemies that are inevitably going to soak up a good amount of your ammo on the way back to the grave.
So it’s up to you and your team of ragtag allies to stop Doktor Straub in his tracks. The protagonists are headed up by Drostan Hynd (Tenth Doctor David Tennant) and supported by Marie Fischer (Katheryn Winnick of Vikings), Olivia Durant (Daredevil’s Elodie Yung), and Jefferson Potts (Ving Rhames, of the Mission Impossible films).
Plus, if Sledgehammer’s work on Advanced Warfare is anything to go by, it’s going to be remarkably well motion-captured and likely highly cinematic in nature. The voice talent has had a habit of getting lost in previous iterations of Zombies, so hopefully this time the developer is going to give the actors in question a real chance to shine.
For the last few years, Activision and the various developers have played the Zombies portion of the game for laughs, but Sledgehammer is diverting its course back to the horror genre that birthed the side-game in the first place. It’s an interesting approach to take, especially when the main part of COD: WWII is deviating so largely from what series fans are used to… but Sledgehammer has more than proved itself with the franchise so far, and from what we’ve seen of World War II’s Zombies to date, it’s in safe hands.
Call Of Duty: World War II is due to launch on PS4 on 3 November.
Will Sledgehammer’s return to a more gritty Zombies experience satisfy the COD fanbase?
Mittelburg may look like wintry fun but the undead are around every corner.
Doktor Straub’s undead horde looks like it’s going to be plenty challenging.