Activision and Sledgehammer Games are officially moving the marketing machine behind the upcoming Call of Duty: WWII, and that means having a bit of fun with sending gamers on a quest to uncover clues and hints like some sort of miniature ARG.
There's a sub-section under the classified section of the site, which takes you to a decoder where you can attempt to put in various phrases and uncover secrets hidden behind the machine.
PC GamesN followed some of the community developments on the machine, wherein they discovered some really interesting new content, including a clue on a helmet revealed in one of the images for Call of Duty: WWII's zombie mode. The machine will reveal the phrase "A New Horror Rises." This could possibly point to a new kind of zombie, or a new kind of sub-mode featured in the zombies mode.
They also point out that there's an image of Frederick I, also known as Frederick Barbarossa, for which there was a campaign launched by the Germans known as Operation Barbarossa. There was even a game based specifically on this campaign called Karma: Operation Barbarossa, which was a zombie-themed World War II shooter that came out back in 2010. The game touched on a lot of fantasy-themed villains based on the more fantastical stories that centered around Nazi zombie experimentation.
Could we see something similar in Call of Duty: WWII? Well, they did already go that route with the previous zombie adventures, which have been a recurring and progressive story throughout the Call of Duty series. However, maybe there's a route involving the zombies that they haven't taken yet and will experiment further with it.
Regardless of the zombie hints and tips, at least we know there's something new on the horizon for the mode.
I tend to doubt that the Dunkirk reference has anything to do with the upcoming Christopher Nolan film with the same name, but some wonder if it's possibly going to be one of the locations featured in the zombies mode.
Sledgehammer Games already revealed that the game has a set main character that you will follow through the start of the Normandy campaign in 1944, and will finish up in 1945. The battle of Dunkirk took place in 1940, so it's four whole years before the main campaign takes place in Call of Duty: WWII. Operation Barbarossa took place a year after Dunkirk. So, maybe the zombies mode is chronologically progressive?
I'm sure we'll learn more about this secret soon enough, especially with Activision likely to unveil more about the game at E3 in June.