Loot Crates in COD: WW2 Fall From The Skies Onto Normandy Beach

The romanticization of war is already an issue in these experiences, but this seems especially tasteless.


The new Call of Duty includes a new social space for players called Headquarters. You'll be able to engage in a handful of activities here with other players but a unique element involves the loot crate craze. In the space, with up to 48 players total, loot crates will airdrop in the view of everyone so you can show off your earnings.

Loot crates are all the rage in a great many gaming experiences these days and devs are finding ways to make theirs stand out. EA's stood out a bit too much in Star Wars: Battlefront 2's beta, but they've made some swift changes. Call of Duty: WW2 arrives this week and their loot crates will be taking the cake in the tone-deaf Olympics by air-dropping them right into Normandy beach. The allies may never have taken that beach if not for the 2x multiplier and hot pink Thompson skins.

Eurogamer report showed off Reddit user cuzseile's video of the experience. In the social space, you can choose one of your earned crates to open and you'll be equipped with a device that looks like a flare. FInd an open space to throw it onto and the loot crate will drop down from the sky and open up, showing you the cosmetic items you've earned. You can see a clip of the action below:

While it does seem the crate's themselves will be less egregious than Battlefront 2's gameplay-altering rewards, peppering the social space with loot crates is in poor taste. If you're of the group of players that aren't big fans of crates and wish to avoid and/or ignore them as much as possible, you may want to avoid the social space altogether. 

Call of Duty: WW2 will launch with zombies November 3, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Take a look at some of the other features of the Headquarters social space below, including the 1v1 Pit experience.

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