Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare hasn’t got off to a good start, but developer Infinity Ward is confident that its vision if the future will hit the right note with gamers.
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Reeling from a mass-downvote campaign against the game’s YouTube trailer, and criticisms aimed at its handling of Modern Warfare Remastered and the Modern Warfare Trilogy, both Activision and Infinity Warfare have a long way to go in turning the tide for the latest Call Of Duty entry.
Infinite Warfare will be the first Call Of Duty entry to really focus on space battles, although 2013’s Ghosts was the first game in the franchise to leave the planet for a brief and rather forgettable space walk.
Whether you love or hate Call Of Duty, and whether you’d like to see a return to the boots-on-the-ground gameplay or stick to the wall-jumping shenanigans of the series’ more recent entries, the thought of bringing the series’ slick, tight gameplay into space is intriguing and, at least for me, a little exciting.
Interestingly, Infinity Ward is trying to find a middle ground between the Michael Bay-esque insanity of Black Ops III and Advanced Warfare, and the more grounded, realistic outings of the Modern Warfare series.
Narrative director Taylor Kurosaki says Infinite Warfare will hone in on realistic predictions of militarization in the future, and that the game won’t jump the shark for the sake of being outrageous.
“We are telling the most realistic, plausible near-future story of war,” Kurosaki told Forbes. “Space is the next frontier and its militarization is inevitable.”
Call Of Duty games, while definitely “Hollywood” in how they present and tell a story, certainly haven’t shied away from social and political commentary. Infinite Warfare, it seems, will be no different.
“To be clear, we aren’t developing a science fiction or sci-fi game,” Kurosaki says. “Infinite Warfare is first and foremost a Call of Duty game, which means visceral infantry combat as well as piloting vehicles.”
Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare launches November 4 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.