Call of Duty: WWII is now the biggest buzz of the FPS and possibly entire gaming world as of the past 36 hours. The supposed leaks that impose the notion that the next Call of Duty title releasing this November is called Call of Duty: WWII has taken fans by storm and may see a return to normalcy in the Call of Duty franchise. Today, however, there was a supposed leak of an official trailer for the rumored title of Call of Duty: WWII. For a time being, Call of Duty: WWII was considered undeniably legitimate… that is, until the trailer was debunked as fake.
We see all sorts of fakes from fans every single year as we get nearer and nearer to the time period in which leaks and official reveals take place. Many fakes are convincing but at least ten time the amount that are convincing are just plain awful. However, this trailer did a great job in which they showcased a decent amount of work just to try and dupe a few hundred people. Let’s run down the chronology of the situation.
First, we saw the leaked images and steel book casings from inside sources that had a decent track record (the same person who leaked Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered last year). Those images and information broke loose and since, the Call of Duty world has been on the edge of their seats awaiting more information. That “information” came today as a few various YouTubers were linked a trailer entitled nothing more than “Official Call of Duty: WWII Reveal Trailer”. This seems absolutely normal for a title to appear in a Call of Duty official capacity in terms of reveals, straightforward and to the point, all while being blunt. However, things like these go around all the time so of course, skepticism could have kicked in for many, but the selling factor on this video that made it seem a lot more legitimate was that the video was blocked and taken down for copyright infringement by what appeared to be Activision Publishing, Inc. Yep. The publisher who owns all rights to Call of Duty seemingly took down this trailer, something that does not happen unless something is legitimately leaked and released early. As a result, many, many people bought into this immediately, however, it was not the case.
What really happened may make you wonder how people have so much time on their hands or make you respect the hustle to simply try and fool a few people who ended up seeing it. Reaching out to sources at Activison, it was confirmed that Activision had no real ties to the incident at all. They were not the ones taking down any videos and they have also had a very laid back mentality to the rest of the “leaks” that have happened thus far. That means that someone created a fake account by the name of Acitivison Publishing, Inc. and copyright claimed a fake video they created to invoke the illusion of an official DMCA takedown. Seems a bit like too much work for a quick laugh, no?
Additionally, if you were to look at the thumbnail on the video if you were to ever come in contact with it, surely it would be rather interesting to see that there was a first person point of view of the PPSH in the trenches of the Great War; However, that too was not genuine. The image in question may have fooled many people who don’t venture far from the mainstream of video games and the FPS genre, but the image was a still from the gameplay trailer for a World War II shooter entitled Enlisted. While things can be taken from culture and even in some instances the industry as reference and inspiration, never would any developing studio (let alone at the AAA level and caliber of one developing Call of Duty) be allowed to use an exact frame and pieces of footage from another title for a trailer. It simply would not happen.
As for the other content in the “trailer”, we have absolutely no idea what would be in it since the supposed three minute video was copyrighted and blocked completely as a result. However, do note that though Call of Duty: WWII may very well be legitimate, the most recent “leak” of the official trailer was not in any way, shape or form legitimate. It very much so looks like Call of Duty: WWII may be the title and whispers from industry insiders may suggest that we will be getting confirmation of Call of Duty: WWII very, very shortly, but until then, we just need to keep our eyes peeled and stay vigilant for the real, and even the fake, information that arises.