Redawn of the dead
The brain-biters are back, as the scariest ever Nazi Zombies mode comes to Call Of Duty: WWII
“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Nacht derUntoten anymore.” Sweet undead Jesus! Sledgehammer Games’ take on Nazi Zombies looks like one hell of a departure for the absurdly daft mini-game’s roots—a lone map back in 2008’s CallOfDuty: WorldAtWar. You can tell key members of the Activision-owned studio once worked on EA’s seminal survival horror DeadSpace, because this looks absolutely terrifying.
“I have built more than just a new type of soldier,” hisses a sinister German doctor. “I have created the devil himself.” Anyone else miss firing campy ray guns back in WAW’s silly spin-off mode? Clearly, CallOf Duty:
WWII’s Nazi Zombies wants to be an altogether different breed of brainbiter. The undead you see in the mode’s debut trailer, which was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con, are feral, homicidally motivated savages. A lot of them also seem to be on fire.
“We’re going back to our roots,” senior director Jon Horsley tells OXM’s sister website GamesRadar. “We’re back to World War II, with a gritty, realistic portrayal of the settings. We’re part of that universe, of that darkest corner of that universe. Our charter was to have the scariest zombie mode ever.” Well, if those flaming zombs are anything to go by, mission horribly accomplished.
Indeed, COD’s latest coffin-dodgers have been purpose-built for warfare, as the mode’s lead director Cameron Dayton tells GamesRadar. “So many other stories have explored the biological, viral, infectious plague element of the story, and we wanted to see, what if these were zombies that were constructed? What if they were engineered and built as weapons as war?” The trailer certainly lingers on a variety of chilling pieces of Frankenstein-esque laboratory equipment, and this latest zombies reboot seems more interested in giving its undead a proper origin story.
The human cast of this four-player online co-op should also be more fleshed out than the clichéd ‘80s archetypes seen in InfiniteWarfare’s carnival-themed take on COD Zombies… well, at least until that flesh is ripped off in agonising fashion. Ex- DoctorWho star David Tennant plays art thief Drostan Hynd,
Daredevil’s Elodie Yung is former historian Olivia Durant, PulpFiction’s Ving Rhames stars as the group’s muscle, Jefferson Potts, while Katheryn Winnick of Vikings fame appears as Marie Fischer, an engineer out to rescue her brother.
The cast may mine Hollywood, but the actual setting is more hypothermia-courting. Set in the snowy Bavarian village of Mittelburg, Hynd and co must band together to recover priceless works of art stolen by the Axis powers—and yes, we’re also now picturing that episode of The
Simpsons where Grandpa and Mr Burns fight over WWII paintings. Of course, said village also houses a Nazi army of the dead. Sorry, art lovers.
Nazi Zombies has always offered throwaway fun, but the last few instalments of this slapstick spin-off have struggled for genuinely fresh ideas. Let’s hope Sledgehammer’s take can scare the wits out of all of us while throwing in terrifying new gameplay tweaks when COD:WWII launches on November 3.
“Our charter for the game was to have the scariest zombie mode ever”