Call of Duty: WWII story trailer introduces personal narrative

The next installment in Activision’s goliath franchise aims to humanize its World War II framework.

While the World War II setting might be enough nostalgia to attract some fans, it’s clear developer Sledgehammer Games knows Call of Duty WWII needs a compelling narrative to accompany its multiplayer and zombies modes. The brand-new story trailer below doesn’t have any actual gameplay in it, but it does host some of the most beautifully rendered cut scenes in recent memory.

As a soldier in the 1st Infantry Division, sometimes known as the fighting first or the Big Red One, players will take on the role of Private Ronald “Red” Daniels. Getting his boots wet for the first time on D-Day, Red’s squad will push their way across Europe all the way to Germany. Inside the familiar American in the European Theater framework, it looks like Sledgehammer is setting up a more intimate narrative following Red after one of his squad mates is captured.

Today’s trailer is just the first part in Sledgehammer Games’ full week of campaign reveals. Tomorrow, the team will reveal the details on the member’s of Red’s squad. Then, on September 20, Sledgehammer will reveal the allies players will meet during the campaign. To end the week, September 21’s reveal will cover the real battles featured in the game and how the developers are framing the narrative while remaining faithful to history.

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What did you think of the trailer? Are you convinced Sledgehammer is serious about the game’s singleplayer? Are you okay with the lack of gameplay in the trailer? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. And to catch the next Call of Duty WWII reveals, be sure to keep your eye on Sledgehammer Games’ Twitter.

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