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Call of Duty: WWII marketing leak dates the game, outs co-op mode

Nov. 3, 2017, and co-op is a ‘standalone’ game experience.

Call of Duty: WWII reveal artwork Sledgehammer Games/Activision
Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

In the neverending drip of leaks that precedes every Call of Duty gala unveiling, the latest drop from Australia suggests Call of Duty: WWII will launch Nov. 3.

The leak, which first surfaced on the Call of Duty subreddit very early Saturday, also says that there will be a private beta opened to those who preorder the game.

The marketing copy is mainly nonspecific hype except for one detail: A co-operative mode that "unleashes a new and original story." This will be a "standalone game experience," the copy says, suggesting that it isn't an optional mode within the game's main campaign.

Call of Duty box and marketing materials purportedly for Australia
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An Activision rep has been asked for comment but they're probably going to say nothing until the big Wednesday live stream event, at which these kinds of details will be confirmed and fleshed out.

Nov. 3 is a Friday. Call of Duty’s worldwide release has been on a Friday in each of the past two years.

Call of Duty: WWII was confirmed by the publisher on Friday; the name had already leaked out at the end of last month. Sledgehammer Games, makers of 2014's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, is developing this title.

Tellingly, no platforms are specified on the game's official web page, currently counting down to the launch event, although the marketing leak carries Xbox One branding.

Call of Duty hasn't been seen on a Nintendo console since a two-year trial with the Wii U ended with 2013's Call of Duty: Ghosts. From 2012 to 2014, Activision waited months after the initial reveal of the game to confirm whether it was coming to Wii U or skipping it: Sept. 13, 2012, after a May 1 announcement; July 25, 2013, after a May 1 announcement; and Aug. 20, 2014, after a May 2 announcement.