Call of Duty: WW2 (opens in new tab) developers Sledgehammer Games aren't the primary stewards of World War 2 Zombies. That honor belongs to Treyarch, the studio that started the Call of Duty Zombies craze in Call of Duty: World at War. So why should you care that Call of Duty: WW2 is going to dip back into the well? Two words: Dead Space.
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Before Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield co-founded Sledgehammer, they led work on the original Dead Space at EA-owned Visceral Games. If you've never played it, do so. It remains one of the best horror games (opens in new tab) of all time. And Condrey told Edge in its latest issue that its new take on Zombies will be "unique to our Dead Space signature".
That doesn't mean it's going hard into sci-fi territory. The Sledgehammer team took research trips to Europe to broaden their understanding of the game's setting, and that's helped inform Zombies mode as well: “There’s some really authentic stuff in there,” Schofield said. “There’s back story that’s based on real events.”
Schofield previously explained that CoD: WW2's Zombies mode is a "horrifying experience" (opens in new tab) that tells the "story of the Third Reich's desperate attempt to create an army in the final stages of the war". There were definitely some scary situations in Treyarch's Zombies story but it was always more campy than straight-up terrifying. Sounds like Condrey and Schofield are putting their horror gaming experience toward true WW2-era horror.
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