The Call of Duty franchise has slowly expanded on its multiplayer offerings over the years, forever adding more game types and customization options, and looping in the cooperative experience in its popular “Zombies” mode. In Call of Duty: WW2, the franchise expands on an idea from Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, creating a social space where you can do all your multiplayer business, called the Headquarters.
Located on the beaches of Normandy, the Headquarters is your hub for hanging out between multiplayer matches. Here’s a handy guide to everything available at the Headquarters, from commending other soldiers, to playing old Activision arcade games.
The social space
The Headquarters is supposed to be, first and foremost, a place where you can show off your accomplishments to other players while you form parties, create clans, and wait for matches to begin. You can interact with other soldiers and “commend” them for their performance.
You’ll also use the Headquarters to open Supply Drops, which are awarded as you play through Call of Duty: WW2’s multiplayer modes. Supply Drops mostly give out new social items like calling cards, weapons and uniforms that make your character look cool. You’ll show them off in the Headquarters more than anywhere else. Check the bottom right corner of your screen for a list of any Supply Drops you currently have, from both multiplayer and Nazi Zombies. Click them on the menu, and you can then call the drop right there on the beach, where anyone around can watch to see what comes out of your box.
Finally, you can wander around the beach to scope out a few leaderboards that will populate with the names and ranks of players currently occupying the space with you. They’re a quick and easy way to see how you stack up to other players in a variety of game modes.
The place you’ll visit first and foremost when you arrive in the Headquarters is the mail drop. Items you’ve earned or been awarded sometimes come through the mail, but more than anything, it’ll give you the Headquarters’ main currency — Armory Credits. Hit up your mail every three hours to get your “payroll” of 100 credits.
In the Operations bunker just past the mail drop, you’ll find your superior officer, Howard. He offers you “Orders” that you can pick up each day and each week. Orders are small-scale challenges that you can complete to earn Supply Drops, experience points, and Armory Credits. They include things like winning a certain number of matches in a specific game type, racking up headshots, or pulling down a high number of kills in a single game.
You can take three daily orders and three weekly orders. Once you’ve selected orders, they’ll stay with you until you complete them or abandon them, but the batches at Operations refresh according to their type. As you complete orders, you can select them from the “Orders” tab on your menu and claim the reward without returning to Howard. You do need to stop by to pick up new ones, though, and it’s worth checking what’s available each day.
The first place you can spend those Armory Credits is the Quartermaster. She can sell you pieces of “collections,” which are groups of cosmetic items. When you get an entire collection, you’ll unlock a special rare uniform. You can get pieces of a collection randomly from loot drops, or purchase a piece of the collection with your earned credits. Bear in mind, though, that quite a few collection pieces are pretty expensive — and when Call of Duty: WW2‘s premium currency system eventually goes online, this is probably what you’ll spend it on.
The Quartermaster also offers “Contracts,” which are special types of orders that you pay credits to have. Unlike orders, contracts come with a timer. They’re the same basic idea, though, asking you to complete certain tasks in a given period of time. Do it, and you’ll earn better rewards than you usually do with orders.
You’ll start with the Theater when you first sign on to Call of Duty: WW2. It’s where you can get your briefings on things like Divisions, and different game types. The Theater also occasionally has fresh videos that developer Sledgehammer Games will add from time to time. It looks like you’ll potentially be able to watch professional Call of Duty: WW2 matches and tournaments from the Theater, too.
On the other side of the mail drop from the Theater is the Firing Range. It’s pretty self-explanatory — you can bring any gun you’ve unlocked here and test it. You can also use grenades and other equipment on the field to try it out, with an unlimited supply of ammo. Occasionally, orders will send you to the Firing Range to complete some tough, fun challenges.
Head around the corner from the mail drop and you’ll see the Overlook. Before you can head there, though, you can drop by Division Prestige. When you fully level up a single Division (hitting what would be Level 5), you can “Prestige” it. That means you reset the Division to its base level. The trade-off for doing this is increased experience gains for your character. Prestiging a Division is also the only way to unlock its best primary weapon and its specialized Basic Training perk. So while you’ll lose your Division’s cool perks for leveling it up, you’ll earn items you can’t otherwise unlock.
When you max out the level on your entire character, you can Prestige yourself, as well — resetting all your weapon unlocks, but gaining some cool social items for your calling card that show off your skills. To do that, head past the Division Prestige and you’ll finally be allowed to talk to the General while you stand at the Overlook. Make sure you’re really ready to restart all your progress before you hit that Prestige button, though. Once you do, you can’t go back. But the upshot is you’ll unlock special items you can’t otherwise get in Call of Duty: WW2 multiplayer, and you’ll receive a Prestige Token — which lets you immediately unlock any one item you might love, without having to spend all the time unlocking it again.
From the main multiplayer menu, you can pull up all of Call of Duty: WW2‘s team-based game types. But if you head down to the beach, you can engage in a different kind of fight. The 1v1 section of the Headquarters lets you challenge other players in a 1-on-1 match, as the name suggests. You can see how you stack up against other players thanks to a leaderboard near where you step into the competition.
In addition to your Divisions and your character, you can also level up all your guns. The more experience you earn with a weapon, the more attachments you’ll unlock for it, allowing you to customize how it handles. When your weapon reaches max level, though, you can Prestige it by bringing it to the Gunsmith on the beach. Doing so allows you to add your clan tag to the gun and keep track of how many kills you rack up with it. Plus, you’ll get experience point bonuses for your character for your efforts.
The Gunsmith will also allow you to customize the paint job on your guns, but that capability isn’t available yet.
If you’re bored of the Headquarters and you don’t want to fire up a multiplayer match, you can head down into a tunnel on the beach. It’ll take you beneath Operations, where you’ll find a guy you can interact with to access the Nazi Zombies game mode. There’s nothing much else to do here, but if you don’t feel like going to Nazi Zombies through the menu, you can do it here.
The best place to stop by on the beach is the R&R tent. There, you can spend Armory Credits to play old Activision games like Pitfall II and Boxing. There are a bunch of games on offer if you’ve got the Armory Credits to purchase them, providing a nice change of pace from all the shooting.
Scorestreak Training Range
On the other side of the beach is what looks a bit like a lifeguard tower. This is the Scorestreak Training Range, where you can check out each of the game’s unlockable scorestreaks outside of a multiplayer match. When you climb the tower, you’ll look down on a battlefield, where computer-controlled soldiers square off against each other. You can pull up any scorestreak you want — even ones you haven’t unlocked — and use it on the battlefield to see it in action. It’s a handy place to figure out which streaks are for you, as well as get an idea of how you might avoid them when other players use them against you in matches.
Just up the hill from the Scorestreak tower is the Emblem Gallery tent. In Call of Duty: WW2, the card that displays your player name is made up of two parts: The calling card, a large, animated image, and a smaller, square emblem. You can choose from premade emblems when you create your card, or you can make an emblem of your own with the game’s emblem editor.
At the moment, the Emblem Gallery is offline, but it looks as though you’ll be able to upload and share emblems you make using the station. You’ll also be able to view other people’s emblems, and maybe even download them to use yourself.