Every Call of Duty series is thoroughly embedded in future warfare at this point, charging forward with futuristic settings, jetpacks, and more advanced weaponry. With three developers working on the franchise, it's been difficult to predict what path each new entry in the series was going to take. Will one make an about face and delve back into past conflicts like the Second World War, or continue the journey into the future like the others? It appears that Infinity Ward is joining Sledgehammer and Treyarch with a new series set in a far off advanced timeline.
It's finally happening: Call of Duty is at last taking that giant leap into a full blown war among the stars. We've seen zero gravity levels that have taken place in orbital stations before, but this is the first time we've seen dogfighting ships, and invading space carriers that look like they came right out of a Michael Bay movie. From the reveal trailer, it looks like players will be able to pilot their own weaponized starfighter as well as engage in zero gravity missions in special armored suits.
Most of the locations in the trailer seem to take place on Earth or in Earth's orbit, but we do get a glimpse of what looks to be a different planet altogether featuring red dirt and rocky terrain. Could that be Mars or a huge asteroid? Or perhaps we could be seeing a moon from one of the ringed planets in our solar system - given that there's a planet with rings in the background? Whatever the case, mankind has made some significant advances in space exploration.
All we really have on the bad guys is a name, but a name like the “Settlement Defense Front” makes it sound like this evil faction comes from the frontier of space. The main character is seen fighting alongside British soldiers and American navy officers in the trailer, so it looks like the old alliances are still intact. Geneva, Switzerland has been attacked by Settlement airships, so the bad guys seem to have no love for other parts of Europe. Maybe the frontiersmen of the future have a grudge against their Earth-dwelling brethren, or maybe they’re aliens. Whoever they are, they mean business.
It seems that Call of Duty Infinite Warfare will emphasize the player's role as a leader. In most of the other games in the series, you're just one of the guys following the squad leader and letting all the decisions be made for you. For Infinite Warfare, Infinity Ward has said it will "explore the weight of leadership and responsibility" and allow players to "take command against a relentless enemy." Apparently, that command comes in the form of players being a ship captain.
Now, there's no telling what being in charge of your own warship will entail, yet. Will we be in command of one of the huge ships we saw in the trailer? Can we send out squadrons of space fighters and spec-ops soldiers on missions? Will we need to make tough decisions that may affect the story?
No, laser guns do not appear to be the main weapon technology in Infinite Warfare's future world; instead, soldiers look like they're still using projectile-based weapons. You can probably expect to see the typical range of assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, and handguns, but the future isn't without its high-tech gadgets. The reveal trailer showed armored mechs, robot combat buddies, soldiers in futuristic armor, and drones flying about. Then there’s those spaceships we mentioned earlier.
It also looks like the soldiers on the ground will have advanced mobility tech with their fancy armor. In Treyarch and Sledgehammer's Call of Duty futures, soldiers can wall-run and use booster packs to maneuver around the battlefield like skilled ninjas. The soldiers in the trailer appear to be wearing some sort of backpack in battles, and some soldiers can be seen using it as an actual jetpack-like device. Our bet is that there will be enhanced mobility at play.
Wait a second. This isn't a Treyarch game, but it looks like we're getting a new Zombies mode. Infinity Ward's last Call of Duty title, Ghosts, featured its own version of the round-based horde mode called Extinction, but it seems the alien enemies have been dropped for the more popular undead. The Zombies modes are traditionally set in their own alternate universes, so the same is likely to be true with Infinity Ward's. With how wacky some of Treyarch's Zombies modes have gotten over the years, it will be interesting to see what Infinity Ward comes up with for its first attempt.
Activision is making this year's Call of Duty special edition even more irresistible with a copy of Modern Warfare Remastered packed in. The revamped version of one of the series' most popular titles will feature entirely rebuilt environments and enhanced visuals over the original on top of bonus multiplayer maps. The game doesn't come with the standard edition and is only included with the Legacy Edition of Infinite Warfare. If you want your CoD 4 Remastered copy, it's probably a good idea to get your pre-order in soon, so you can get it at Infinite Warfare's November 4 release.