Where there’s fighting, there’s the undead – or at least, in Call of Duty there are. Zombies haven’t always come hand-in-hand with the franchise, but in recent years the eventual announcement of a horde-fighting mode has become almost inevitable when a new CoD is in the works. Anyone who expected otherwise in Call of Duty: WWII will find themselves disappointed; the latest release of the series may have returned to its roots, but the undead seem to be attached to the brand forever.
Check out the trailer for Call of Duty: WWII Nazi Zombies below:
The creation of zombies as an undead weapon by crazed, Nazi scientists has pretty much become a trope at this point. What other ideology in human history has become so widely-associated with pure evil, after all, to the point that its followers would invest in such a deranged idea?
Still, although the developers may have opted for a traditional origin for the game mode, there’s no reason to believe that innovation has been cast aside completely. There’s actually a couple of new developments worth noting, in fact.
For starters, the zombies pictured (amidst overly-frequent camera cuts) are really quite gruesome. No longer are the undead simply pictured as grey, mottled corpses gifted with movement; the zombies in the above trailer are missing large chunks of flesh from their bodies, even entire limbs, while others arrive bereft of their actual skin.
There’s also several brief shots of some kind of larger, armored zombie that will likely function as a type of “boss type” for players to square off against. His design seems to harken back to the Fleshpound of the popular Killing Floor franchise, which itself has always used zombies to a great, if horrifying effect.
As is the trend with the Call of Duty zombie modes, the characters will be voiced by a cast of popular actors. David Tennant of Dr. Who, Elodie Yung of Daredevil, Ving Rhames of the Mission Impossible movies, and Udo Kier of Blade will be making appearances as playable characters in WW2 Nazi Zombies.
Call of Duty: World War II is set to launch on November 3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. For more information about the title, visit the game’s website for access to community forums, news, and more.