ByAna Valens, writer at
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Sony just showed off Call of Duty: WWII's multiplayer reveal in their press conference, and the news is huge. The latest Call of Duty is changing up the series' gameplay. It's darker, grittier, and more dramatic than ever. And full of brutal, realistic wartime combat. Including flamethrowers for roasting Nazis to a crisp. Yum.

In case you missed it, here's the trailer cut from in-game footage:

As you can tell, there's a ton going on inside. There's weaponry that behaves just like its real world counterpart. There's highly detailed reload and firing animations. Locations feature across the European Front, from the Soviet Union to France. Realistic gore, planes you can pilot, tanks you can use, and female soldiers you can play as on the battlefield.

And there are also flamethrowers. Beautiful, deadly flamethrowers.

There's a lot going on in the trailer, but Sledgehammer Games has officially given us a starting glimpse into WWII's world. And it looks amazing.

Sledgehammer Games Is Leading Us In A Bold Direction

[Source: Activision]
[Source: Activision]

Call of Duty: WWII's approach to multiplayer is shaking things up for the blockbuster series. The sci-fi worlds that made up Black Ops III and Infinite Warfare are giving way to an unforgiving World War II universe where life is nasty and short. And to capture that sheer brutality, Sledgehammer Games is bringing back vehicles.

For one, it seems vehicle usage will play a major role in WWII. Not unlike the original World War II games, tanks will be available on the battlefield, providing significant firepower for their supporting side. That means the battlefield is about to become a lot deadlier for players. It also seems like the tank is a VIP objective that needs to be protected, with the enemy side winning the game if players destroy it.

There's also planes, which means players will have to be aware of threats from both the ground and the air. While this isn't anything new for Call of Duty, it seems like the firing system gives much more autonomy to the pilot than in previous releases. Which means a fighter divebombing into an enemy team is about to become much more chaotic, deadly, and hard to predict than ever before

[Source: Activision]
[Source: Activision]

Oh, and best of all, we get to see the Divisions system in action. Riflemen and snipers can take middle-to-long-distance shots. Paratroopers drop in to some of the most chaotic scenes in the frontlines and prevail. There's flamethrowing action, akimbo pistols, and shotguns. Call of Duty: WWII plans to offer plenty of weapons, and quite frankly, it's looking amazing.

And those melee kills. So good. You can slice enemies through their helmets and gut them from the front. Meaning both that Call of Duty's attack animations are getting a major overhaul, and that WWII is purposefully designed to hand-to-hand combat looks brutal. And viscerally pleasing. After all, there really isn't anything better than stabbing a Nazi to death. Just ask any old school Call of Duty fan.

For the time being, that's all we have for Call of Duty: WWII. But November is approaching fast, and it won't be long until the world has the game in their hands. Until then, check back for more updates over the coming weeks ahead. And with the Private Beta out in the coming months ahead, there were certainly be plenty of WWII news to share once players get their first shot at fighting through the game.

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