Scheduled for release on Nov. 3rd, 2017, the highly anticipated video game Call of Duty: WWII will feature the historic Indian Scout 741B. This motorcycle moment was a small part of the effort by Activision to address every possible detail and ensure maximum authenticity for its period piece game.
While not as common as being seen on television and in film, motorcycles have enjoyed riding through the various worlds of video games. From racing on famous tracks in games dating back to Genesis consoles to cruisers and biker gangs in the GTA open world title, motorcycles have been added to bring unique gameplay to video games.
There are few motorcycle brands that could’ve been used by Activision for its blast of a motorcycle past, and Indian certainly has the historic pedigree. With its triumphant return to American Flat Track racing, its recent efforts on the Bonneville Salt Flats to commemorate Burt Munro’s historic land-speed record, or its expansion of the iconic Indian Scout platform with the release of its new Indian Scout Bobber; Indian Motorcycle continues to leverage its past as it forges into the future.
An Exercise in Authenticity
Indian Scout 741B motorcycles were used prominently by the U.S. Army during World War II. The 741 was a military version of the Thirty-Fifty and were primarily used by British and Commonwealth forces.
Indian Scout 741B
The Indian Scout 741B will appear in Call of Duty: WWII, courtesy of Activision with the game itself developed by Sledgehammer Games. This latest edition in the Call of Duty series promises to return the blockbuster video game franchise to its historical roots in an epic, gritty experience that defines World War II for a new gaming generation.
The game may even attract non-video game playing bikers, after all, where else can they get this close to such a historical motorcycle? And it does look incredibly realistic.
Yep, this Indian Scout 741B is from the video game!
The new release may even bring new riders into the fold, thanks in part to a promotional celebration of Indian riding onto the battlefields of World War 2 again. Indian and Activision/Call of Duty have created a limited number of custom World War II-inspired Indian Scout motorcycles, based on the 2018 Indian Scout. These exclusive 741B Call of Duty edition bikes are the latest game-inspired creations from development partners Engage Interactive and Wolfpack Motorsports, reflecting period-correct hand-painted Olive Drab, weathered leather treatments and custom army components, offering a modern take on the vintage 741B Scout.
Call of Duty and Indian Motorcycle fans in the United States, Germany, France and Australia will have the unprecedented chance-to-win a Call of Duty limited edition WWII-inspired Indian Scout motorcycle for each country. Gamers and interested riders can enter to win the customized Indian Scout the day of Activision’s Call of Duty: WWII release. Those in the US will go through Gamestop for their chance to win with Australia, Germany and France having their own ways of winning.
In the meantime, it appears the staff of Clutch and Chrome will meet its readers on the battlefield.