Call of Duty: WWII Will Depict The Holocaust
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instalment in the Call of Duty franchise will depict the Holocaust.
Call of Duty: WWII is, at the title suggests, set during 1939-1945. Following the success of Battlefield’s jump into World War 1 last year, it’s not surprising that Call of Duty developers, Sledgehammer Games, would also want to return to a historical war to break up the monotony of modern war shooters.
Call of Duty: WWII has you playing as an American soldier fighting in the European theatre. Whilst you will be able to shoot Nazis, as one would expect in a Call of Duty game, there will also be one addition to the story.
Players will be exposed to racism towards Jewish and African-American people in their platoon.
During an interview with Mashable, Senior Creative Director Brent Robins, said: “We didn’t want to shy away from history. We wanted to be very respectful of it. Some very, very dark things happened during this conflict and it felt wrong for us to ignore that.
“We absolutely show atrocities. It’s an unfortunate part of the history. You can’t tell an authentic, truthful story without going there. So we went there.”
Whilst games set in WWII are usually accompanied with Holocaust denial, usually because of a smart business technique as opposed to the fear of sharing a toxic belief system, Robbins believes that gamers are mature enough to deal with sensitive content with grace: "I think video games are growing up. 15 years ago, there wasn't that expectation that you could tell a mature story. And in fact, there wasn't even a motivation to do that, really. It was much more about gameplay and new graphics and everything else."
He added: “I just feel like the audience expectations and the maturity have changed… I know when I ...play a great single player game and I want a great story, it's no longer enough just to have it be very surface-level and simple. I want something deeper and more complex, just like I do out of the movies I watch.”
Call of Duty: WWII will be released in November.