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Call of Duty: WWII Announced, Livestream Reveal Coming April 26

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Death. Taxes. Call of Duty. Activision today revealed the newest Call of Duty game, and it definitely takes the series back to its roots. Call of Duty: WWII will presumably be launching this November, as with every other Call of Duty title for the last decade and a half.

We don’t know any details beyond the name and poster, and that it’s being developed by Sledghammer Games. An official livestream is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern which should give out all the important details, such as platforms, multiplayer, and release date.

Sledgehammer Games previously developed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

The Call of Duty series began life in 2003 as a series of World War II shooters, partially inspired by the war film Saving Private Ryan along with Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. Activision’s Kevin Kelly wrote a brief history of the first few Call of Duty games, which represent the World War II series (as opposed to the Modern Warfare and Black Ops series).

“This year Sledgehammer Games joins the WWII ranks of Call of Duty with Call of Duty: WWII, which will bring the series back to World War II after nearly ten years,” writes Kelly. “We can’t wait to tell you more about Call of Duty: WWII, so be sure not to miss the reveal livestream at 10 am Pacific on April 26. We’ll see you there, soldier.”

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Several Remasters of Classic Games Are Out This Week

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As the first generation of gamers get older, remasters of classic games are only going to become more popular. This week sees no less than four remasters launching, including one collection that has six games.

Full Throttle Remastered is the latest Lucasarts adventure game to be given the remaster treatment. Like Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango, original designer Tim Schafer acquired the rights to his old game for his own indie studio Double Fine. Full Throttle was given the full HD treatment with improved graphics, sound, and controls, while preserving the original voice acting. You can also freely switch between the remastered and original version. It’s available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

The Disney Afternoon Collection isn’t so much remastered as it is several retro games packaged together with a few added perks. The collection includes six 8-bit titles: Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers 1 and 2, Ducktales 1 and 2, Darkwing Duck, and TaleSpin. Each game retains its original graphics and gameplay.

New time attack and boss rush modes are available, as well as online leaderboards. You can also browse original assets, like game manuals, within the museum. A rewind feature and save states help alleviate the notorious difficulty of the otherwise excellent platforming games of the era. The Disney Afternoon Collection is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Voodoo Vince: Remastered is not a franchise I’m familiar with. But apparently it was popular enough to warrant a remaster. The 2003 Xbox platformer was not backwards compatible with the Xbox 360, making this the first chance many have to play it. The remaster updates to HD graphics while maintaining the same gameplay. It’s out for PC and Xbox One.

Finally Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap also released this week. It’s a remake of the old 1989 Wonder Boy III. This is by far the most extensive remaster, with brand new hand-drawn graphics and music. Numerous gameplay tweaks and features have been added, including the choice to play as a girl character. You can also switch between original and remake video and audio styles. It’s available now for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.  It’s scheduled to arrive for the PC this Summer.