Call of Duty returning to World War Two is probably the best decision anyone involved in the franchise has made since choosing to leave the setting back in 2007. While some have criticized the idea of making a for fun shoot em up about one of the ugliest points in human history, i’m choosing to hold off on that for right now. I mean, people were saying the same thing about Battlefield One, which was based on an even more useless waste of human lives and suffering, but once it was released people found that the game did in fact try to be a respectful interpretation of the events it depicted. With that in mind, i’m going to wait for release before making my mind up on that front. However, the games first trailer does give me one major reason to be concerned: players will once again be storming the beaches of Normandy.
It might be hard to remember, but once upon a time, World War 2 shooters were a dime a dozen. So much so that “first person shooter” and “world war two” might as well haven been synonyms. If you don’t remember this then you probably also don’t remember HOW MANY GOD DAMN TIMES WE STORMED THE BEACHES OF NORMANDY.
While a lot of people like to say that the move to modern combat was due to WW2 shooters over-saturating the market, that’s not quite true. The real problem was that most of the games we were getting focused on the same events. WW2 was a truly global conflict, yet game designers rarely use that to their advantage. Because of that, yeah i’m a little concerned for how this new Call of Duty is going to pan out. If the team at…..whichever studio is working on this game (they’ve got what, three teams making COD now?) thinks that revising WW2 means having go through the same motions as before the switch to modern day, then there really isn’t a lot of reason to get excited for this up coming game.
As always when i write something super negative, i hope i’m wrong. I hope the game has more than this one trailer has to show. But the fact is, you only ever get one chance at a first impression, and so far COD: WW2’s first impression is “you’ve done all this before”.