It looks like the leaked information was right. Call of Duty: WWII is coming out November 3, and there will be a multiplayer beta for those that preorder the game.
A livestream revealed the trailer setting up the game, which will focus on a kid from Texas joining the Big Red One, the iconic 1st Infantry Division, during World War 2. The trailer shows the Normandy invasion in France, officers yelling and fighting over how many men died, and there was lots of death. The trailer used in-game footage and was fairly intense, although little actual gameplay was shown. How it actually plays and if it measures up to the trailer is yet to be determined.
Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield of developer Sledgehammer Games told viewers that it has taken two-and-a-half years of research to prep for the game, traveling the routes of the infantry, taking lots of pictures and talking to veterans of the war. The goal was to make the game a tribute to the vets, they said.
"The story we're telling is unlike anything that we've tackled before," Schofield said in a prepared release. "It's such an amazing journey of common everyday people who became heroes. We want to respect this great generation of soldiers, tell a realistic story set in a true inflection point in human history, and deliver the best experience of our careers."
Of course, in one breath, we have authenticity and gritty WW2 action, and then we have co-op with the return of Nazi Zombies, with "an all new take," Condrey said.
The story apparently will push across the European theater, from Normandy to the liberation of Paris and then onward into Germany. VG247 is also reporting that part of COD will let players take on the role of a French woman during the liberation of Paris. Hopefully it will be more than just a story segment or gratuitous nod to women who fought in the Resistance.
Not too much was said about multiplayer, except that there will be "a new approach to character and create-a-class through Divisions, War, an all-new narrative multiplayer mode of play, and Headquarters, a first of its kind for the Call of Duty social community, designed for players to interact and socialize with friends." Activision said more will be revealed around E3, and the game will be at the event so the public can give it a try.
There also was no other word on when the private beta would take place, but it will be open to those preordering the game and come to PS4 first. Call of Duty: WWII will also have a season pass, which ensures post launch DLC, likely in the form of maps and other multiplayer modes.
The game will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 3.