Call of Duty: WWII's zombie mode will be more focused on horror and scares than previous iterations, fans learned during a showing at the annual San Diego Comic-Con this week by developer Sledgehammer Games. The mode, called Nazi Zombies this year, was originally announced back in April, though no footage was shown at the time.
This year players will travel to Mittelburg, Germany in an attempt to reclaim "priceless" art stolen by Nazis during World War II. However, what they find are Nazi science labs full of human experiments, as well as "monstrous creations of the occult," the developer said in an announcement post on its website, created by the axis in an attempt to create an invincible Nazi zombie army.
"The story unfolds as an international team peels back the vile layers of a malevolent plot masterminded by the Axis powers to harness unimaginable occult forces and create an invincible undead army," the developer said.
The game's voice talent will include such actors and actresses as Ving Rhames, of Pulp Fiction and Mission Impossible fame, Elodie Yung, known for her work in the second season of Netflix's Daredevil series, and Dr. Who's David Tennant, among others. Each has lent both their voice and likeness to the game.
Zombies is a popular cooperative game mode that ships every year with the new Call Of Duty, pitting one or more players against increasingly difficult waves of the undead, often times with some sort of gimmick. Past years have had campy, lighthearted Eighties themes and included voice talent from known actors such as Seth Green and David Hasselhoff.
This year's iteration seems far more focused on actual horror than past years, though, as the trailer highlights the macabre human experiments and general dark tone of the narrative.
A series once known as a flagship World War II shooter, Call Of Duty: WWII is the series' first trip back to era since 2008's Call Of Duty: World At War, developed by Treyarch. Since then, yearly iterations have focused more on bringing the series into modern and futuristic settings, though fans have expressed fatigue over the settings in recent years.
Call Of Duty: WWII is expected for a November 3 release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. A private beta test is currently slated for August 25 through August 28 on PlayStation 4, and September 1 through September 4 on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.