Bleeding Cool reporter Johnathan Brendle writes:
Nazi Zombies are back! On November 3rd, we will see the release of Call of Duty: WWII and along with it, the popular mini-game: Nazi Zombies. This comes almost nine years after the release of Call of Duty: World at War, Activision's previous COD game set during the second World War. This game, however, is expected to have a completely different feel. This will be an incredible experience for hardcore gamers and history buffs alike.
Here at San Diego Comic-Con, I was able to sit in on the panel and listen to the directors, composers, and voice actors for the new zombies mini-game.
Michael Condrey, the chief operating and development officer for Sledgehammer Games, pulled inspiration from zombie movies of the past and tried to make the game a lot more terrifying than anything we've ever seen before. To do that, he used a similar construction to these classics — but with a different setting. The setting, he said, would make this game all the more intense. While the trailer was playing, I really got a sense of how engaging this game will be. Condrey stated that it would be the "hardest Easter egg hunt" he has created.
Creative director for the game, Cameron Dayton, definitely felt that there was a story to be told through the Zombies game. He really dug into popular single and multiplayer games and modified them and helped create a story that would have players engaged from beginning to end and then all over again. To do this, Dayton pulled from historically accurate stories from the second world war, as well as some myths and legends from the time period. To touch on what players will actually be doing in this game, we heard from Jon Horsley, the Senior Director of Development for Activision.
The characters are part of a larger unit "looking for stolen art" and in turn, finding "much more than that." This plot seems to draw some comparison to The Monuments Men (2014)…if they ran into a horde of zombies trying to kill them.
We were told that we would have more rewarding experiences, which differs some from previous Nazi Zombies mini-games. We'll still see our classic wonder weapons as well as several additional ones. The game itself will be some old and some new. The special rewards system is what many gamers are going to be looking forward to. Some of the more interactive experiences in the game will be through the cast themselves.
David Tennant plays a classic Scottish person, cursing and all. Using his experience from growing up in Paisley, Tennant had that "authentically Scottish field". Elodie Yung was also able to use her family past as an influence as to how she played her character, Olivia Durant. Yung's grandfather and great-grandfather were part of the French resistance and she felt that it was interesting and important to accept a part like this. Katherine Winnick's character, Marie Fischer, is a recruit from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and daughter of a weapons maker. Her main goal in the game is to reconnect with her brother, Clause.
Doktor Peter Glücksbringer Straub is the game's brilliant Nazi doctor who creates a soldier who doesn't sleep, eat, or die. His goal is to make the German army unstoppable. Our villain is voiced by none other than Udo Kier. Throughout the panel, you can really get a sense of why they chose him to voice the character. The only person missing from the panel was Ving Rhames, who plays a marksman who leads this group through a Bavarian village, where they are faced with a lot more than what they bargained for. To describe this game in one word: epic.
Bleeding Cool's very own Madeline Ricchiuto covered the release of the trailer for Call of Duty: WWII – Nazi Zombies earlier today, and you can check it out here.