Call of Duty: WW2 has added Shipment 1944 to its selection of multiplayer maps starting this weekend. The map is a revamped version of a popular map from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, only with a World War 2 twist.
Some will remember Shipment as the map with all of the shipping containers from Modern Warfare. It was relatively small, tight quarters, which worked well for the fast pace of Infinity Ward’s revolutionary multiplayer. For Call of Duty: WW2, it will be interesting to see how Shipment 1944 gels with the current meta.
Based on the launch trailer for the new Call of Duty: WW2 map, it seems like Sledgehammer Games is preserving the spirit of Shipment with the tight quarters and dangerous corners. Players will need to move with caution because they don’t know who is lurking just a few feet away.
The good news is that WW2 has gone back to Call of Duty’s roots with boots on the ground multiplayer gameplay, meaning players’ sight lines will be focused level with the ground. There is no need to worry about players flying in from above, or making acrobatic wall jumps to flank up and over the player. That’s probably why Sledgehammer chose to remake Shipment; it suits a more traditional style of Call of Duty multiplayer.
By and large, Sledgehammer’s focus has been on trying to give Call of Dutyplayers the same sensations they remember from the series’ early years. Obviously going back to WW2 is something that fans have been interested in for a while, and sales suggest that Activision made a wise choice in moving away from the futuristic settings and bombastic gameplay.
That being said, there are still those that feel Call of Duty: WW2 fell short of expectations in the multiplayer department. The game certainly hasn’t resonated with the streaming community and plenty fans have fallen off the game since its launch, even though the game sold very well. Still, the yearlong support is going to happen regardless, so maybe familiar maps like Shipment 1944 will be enough to bring wayward fans back.
Call of Duty: WW2 is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.