Activision announced months ago that they are taking the Call of Duty franchise back to World War II, but they were very vague about any gameplay details. Nothing was released about the Multi-player functionality, nor a co-op option which the community was screaming for. With the overwhelming popularity of COD 4: Modern Combat is the decision to go back to WW II and give the project to Treyarch (who did COD 3) a wise one?
One thing is clear, Treyarch is trying to put a new spin on an old genre. New details have been slowly being released such as the subtitle, Call of Duty: World at War, and the setting which will take place the Pacific Theatre, but some of the really enticing info is about this new direction for the Call of Duty franchise.
Developers working on the game have stated that want to “explore the darkest corners of WWII,” and make the game more of a survival horror experience, and as an example gives a short description of the games opening scene:
The player, a captive of the Japanese is being held in a tent along with another soldier. A Japanese soldier shoves his cigarette into the unnamed soldier’s eye and quickly slits his throat. He then moves towards your character with the same idea when help arrives.
The COD franchise is sacred to FPS games so only time will tell how it is received, but they have a lot to live up to after Infinity Wards stellar effort on COD 4: Modern Combat.
Other details released include the fact that there will indeed be co-op play throughout the entire campaign, and that the MP will be focused more on squad-based elements and vehicular combat. The game is being released on multiple platforms, including the PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii.
No release date has been announced yet.