Call of Duty: WWII Zombies Questions Answered

By Rebecca Smith, 8 months ago
Two months ago, we saw a reveal trailer for Zombies mode in Call of Duty: WWII. Despite it being a popular game mode for the franchise, developer Sledgehammer Games has so far said very little about the game mode apart from to confirm that we will be facing Nazi zombies once again. If you haven't seen the trailer and the new type of intimidating zombie that has been created by the Nazi experiments, here he is in all of his glory:

Now, Sledgehammer Games' Senior Director and Zombies lead Jon Horsley has answered some questions from Playstation Blog about that trailer.

Call of Duty Zombies has always been about four-player cooperative, wave-based combat. Just to set expectations, can we expect the same basic premise behind Call of Duty: WWII Nazi Zombies?
Yes, the mode is focused on exciting four-player cooperative combat against waves of increasingly deadly zombies. Call of Duty WWII’s Zombies mode is grounded in a gritty, horrifying setting based on World War II, and we take things to terrifying new levels.

The approach is, of course, rooted in [the studio’s] horror background, so it was a lot of fun to develop this new experience. Our goal was to make this the most terrifying Zombies experience we’ve ever created…
In the trailer, we see a clock tower, sewers, and laboratory. Will players explore the three of these levels?
Zombies will take place in a quiet Bavarian village in Germany in the later years of WWII. Players will be transported to a horrifying corner of the town, where bloody sewers, evil laboratories, and ancient tombs will reveal their dark secrets. It’s an immersive thrill ride, and developing the canvas and the environment the player is immersed in was a fun challenge for our team.
The trailer hints at different types of zombies. How far is Sledgehammer going in this direction?
In our story, the Third Reich has built an army of the dead in a last-ditch attempt to save the war effort. Interestingly, these zombies retain some of the discipline and purpose of the soldiers they once were. Each zombie type fills a specialised role as well: there are flaming zombies and running zombies, for example, and they will give you serious problems if you get cornered.

It will take a ton of strategy and teamwork to survive the varied undead soldiers in this mode. Teamwork, communication, and a level head will be key!
The trailer showed a saw blade, which got us thinking… can players use the environment to their advantage?
There are a variety of structures built by the enemy to subdue and constrain the undead. A resourceful player can turn the tables and use their engines of death against them. And saw blades are just the beginning; there are numerous ways to trap and kill your enemies. The environment can be a great ally if you know how to leverage it…

Previous Call of Duty Zombie modes have offered experiences for both hardcore and casual fans. How are you looking to challenge players here?
We introduce and guide new players, but also cater to the hardcore Zombie fans as well. We’re offering new challenges and additional layers of gameplay. For players looking below the surface, there will be many secrets and rewards to uncover — beyond what they’d expect, actually. There will be no guide on that journey. Hardcore players will need to find their own path, their own way. Good luck!
The announcement trailer showed a cage. What’s in it?
That cage contains a special machine constructed by the Nazis, and it’s designed to make their weapons deadlier. But there is something else there which players will need to discover for themselves.
How will players upgrade their weapons?
Players can upgrade their weapons in a variety of ways, one of which is via the special machine hidden in the level. There are other ways, too, but it’s too early to get into all that fun stuff….
Will Perks make an appearance here?
We’ll provide rewards and upgrades to players, some of which will be temporary and others permanent. Players will recognise these upgrades, but they’ll be presented in a new and interesting way that makes them feel like part of this terrifying world.
Has the Mystery Box evolved? What about the Monkey Bomb? We have so many questions…
You’ll have to wait until November to find out. Though there are hints in the trailer for those with keen eyes…

To be more specific, you'll need to wait until November 3rd to find out. Meanwhile, if you want to watch the trailer again, you can find it here.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.