Call of Duty WW2 is NOT World at War 2, even though there will be Nazi Zombies

Following the launch of the new Call of Duty WW2 reveal trailer, the trending topics connected to the new title have shifted.

Having focused on fans wanting to find out more about the new game announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC, there are now several new topics being searched for on Google.

One of those is Call of Duty World at War 2, a topic that makes sense but isn’t quite on the money.

By looking at the current search terms on Google, you can actually find that in the past hour, just as many people are searching for Call of Duty WW2, as our also looking for World at War 2.

However, Call of Duty WW2 is not a sequel to the now classic Treyarch title, Call of Duty: World at War.

But it’s easy to see how fans could get mixed up; both titles are set to share some pretty big similarities, away from just the setting.

World at War focused on both the Pacific Theater and Eastern Front during the war, and follows the American and Soviet campaigns.

Call of Duty WW2, meanwhile, has been confirmed as focusing on a Campaign taking players through Normandy, France, Belgium & more in the turning points of World War II.

In the World at War American missions, players assume the role of Private Miller, taking part in the Battle of Peleliu and beyond, while the Soviet missions take you to the Battle of Stalingrad and introduce you to Private Dmitri Petrenko and Sergeant Viktor Reznov, names familiar to those that have played the Black Ops series.

Call of Duty WW2 features “Red” Daniels, Private in the 1st Infantry Division, with best friend Robert Zussman, as well as missions coordinating with French resistance leader, Rousseau, and British intel force's Crowley.

And based on the information supplied by Activision, there doesn’t appear to be anything linking this new title to the Black Ops series of games.

World at War was also the game that introduced the world to Treyarch's now infamous Zombies, which was originally included as an Easter egg.

Activision confirmed today that Call of Duty WW2 will have its own Nazi Zombies mode, which will focus on the Third Reich’s attempts to build a new army.

However, when it comes to multiplayer, things will be a lot different between the two games, with Activision expanding greatly when it comes to the traditional COD online gameplay.

There will be a Multiplayer reveal for Call of Duty: WWII at E3, but here’s what we know so far

Multiplayer elements coming to Call of Duty: WWII include:
  • War Mode: The new multiplayer experience will boast iconic World War II battles, featuring team-driven gameplay and big scale fights for strategic objectives.
  • Divisions: A new approach to Create-a-Class and character customisation as you enlist in a division and progress through the ranks, will include Infantry and Armored Divisions.
  • Headquarters: A brand-new, social feature for Call of Duty, where you rally and interact with your fellow soldiers in a new social space.

“Call of Duty: WW2 Multiplayer combat immerses players in grounded, fast-paced action featuring an arsenal of authentic weapons and equipment, set in some of the most iconic locations in World War II’s European theatre,” a message from Activision teases.

“Multiplayer also delivers 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 socialise with friends. 

“The definitive World War II next generation experience also introduces Nazi Zombies, an all-new cooperative mode featuring a unique standalone storyline set during World War II that’s full of unexpected, adrenaline-pumping action.”

Call of Duty WW2 is not a direct sequel to World at War. ACTIVISION

Call of Duty: WWII trailer lands on Normandy’s beaches

Activision released a trailer for Call of Duty: WWII today. You can find out more about the game, due for release on Nov. 3, in our in-depth report.

The Sledgehammer Games-developed game takes place during the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944 and 1945. Its story follows Ronald "Red" Daniels, a rookie Private in the United States Army, 1st Infantry Division, also known as the "Fighting First." A co-operative mode is planned.

Multiplayer modes include objective-based team contests between that are all about taking ground. A social space called Headquarters will also be included.

This new game is a return to the series' starting point. First-person shooter Call of Duty, also set in World War II, launched in 2003. Four more games followed covering the same time period, culminating in 2008’s Call of Duty: World at War. But since then, the series has focused on other time periods, including the 1960s and the future.

Sledgehammer was formed in 2009 by former members of Visceral Games, best known for the sci-fi horror action-adventure series Dead Space. The company contributed to 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which was developed by Infinity Ward. The Foster City, California, company then went on to create Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in 2014, to mostly positive reviews.

"Call of Duty: WWII brings to life some of the most iconic moments of World War II, including the D-Day Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge," stated an Activision release.

Everything You Need To Know About The 'Call Of Duty: World War II' Reveal

Today was the big reveal of Call of Duty: World War II. The reveal event included a really great trailer for the game, as well as some discussion with the game's directors and lead actors. Here's everything you need to know about the game.

The Campaign

Call of Duty: World War II returns to the European arena of the second Great War. As in Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, players will once again find themselves in the famed 1st Infantry Division, landing on the beaches of Normandy before fighting their way through France, Belgium and eventually Nazi Germany. "Welcome to the Bloody 1st," a soldier says at the end of the trailer.

Of course, this time around the entire thing will be in stunning HD. Certainly the trailer looks amazing, at least graphically speaking. A lot has changed in video games since 2008, when World at War came out, let alone the previous WWII-themed Call of Duty games. The campaign, as well as multiplayer, will include historical locations and a true-to-history arsenal.

Here's the official blurb:

Featuring a global cast of characters across Europe, players will follow the gripping story of Ronald “Red” Daniels, a young United States Army private, as he and his squad, the legendary US 1st Infantry Division, trek through the harrowing European theater of war. Joining Allied forces from the U.K. and the French Resistance, across the beaches of Normandy, to the liberation of Paris and ultimately into Germany, the squad must fight alongside a global and diverse cast of characters to achieve victory. The story campaign delivers the gritty authenticity and cinematic intensity of WWII combat, honoring the unforgettable heroism of the Fighting First.


While Sledgehammer Games didn't discuss (let alone show) much of the game's multiplayer in action, they did share a few new details such as the new Headquarters social space, Divisions, War Mode and the return to boots-on-the-ground gameplay, instead of double-jumping, jet-packing, wall-running and so forth.

  • Headquarters
    Offering a robust social space dedicated to engagement off the frontlines, Headquarters paves the way for all-new avenues of Multiplayer interaction, recognition and awards unlike anything experienced in the franchise to date.
  • Divisions
    A new way to engage in a player’s Multiplayer career -- Divisions immerse players in the heroic journey of enlisting in the world’s most historic war. Choose from a variety of Divisions, including Infantry and Armored Divisions.
  • War Mode
    A new Multiplayer experience that immerses players in iconic World War II battles, where Allied and Axis clash in team-driven gameplay in the fight for strategic objectives.
  • Boots-on-the-Ground Gameplay
    Multiplayer marks a return to iconic boots on the ground Call of Duty gameplay that fans know and love, featuring an arsenal of World War II-era weapons, and fast-paced, heart-pumping, intense run-and-gun action.

Nazi Zombies

I was hoping we'd get a new take on multiplayer co-op but it looks like we're in for more zombies this year. Sigh. It's not that zombies are bad, it's just that the formula is wearing a little thin at this point. I'd love to see a different kind of co-op mode for a change. I'm sure Nazi Zombies will still be fun. Nothing more fun to kill than Nazis and Zombies, so putting the two together just makes sense. Still, I'd love to see Call of Duty branch out and try new things.

Release Date

Call of Duty: World War II will launch on Nov. 3. That's a Friday. Most games launch on Tuesdays, but Activision started releasing games on Friday so that gamers would have the weekend to play them, which is kind of cool.


While we know the game will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Activision hasn't actually necessarily ruled out the Switch. I doubt it's coming to Nintendo's new platform, not necessarily because it's under-powered but because of the questions surrounding multiplayer, but I hope it does. I want to play Call of Duty: World War II on the go!

I also wonder what kind of fidelity we'll see on PS4 Pro and the Xbox Scorpio compared to the base versions of those systems.

Multiplayer Beta is PS4 First

Pre-ordering the game will get you into the closed beta. It's coming first to PlayStation 4, continuing the franchise's PlayStation First approach this generation. I'm pretty sure the closed beta will be followed by an open beta, but there's no official word on that yet.

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