Much like the fate of Jon Snow on Game Of Thrones last night, the reveal that the newest Call Of Duty entry would be titled Infinite Warfare has surprised nobody. Leaks for the games artwork started filtering out late last week followed shortly by the trademarks for Infinite Warfare being bought up. The Call Of Duty twitter all but outright confirmed that Modern Warfare, or COD4 for some, would be remastered and packaged with the latest title. Today we finally get our first real look at the latest entry.
There is a lot to process but the biggest change for this entry appears to be the inclusion of actual dogfights in space! The last time an established first-person shooter franchise let you pilot a vehicle was the mission “Long Night Of Solace” from Halo: Reach, and it ended up being fantastic so right now I’m inclined to be positive. Halo: Reach only had that style of ship-to-ship combat for one mission and not in any multiplayer gameplay, so if the space combat is good hopefully there are more ways to play.
Outside of the space campaign, Infinite Warfare appears to be the start of a new trilogy in the series, and one that looks to keep up the near-future aesthetic that Black Ops III and Advanced Warfare have lived in. Unfortunately, that aesthetic does start to blend together after a while. Advanced Warfare’s story was pretty fun, especially with Kevin Spacy eating the scenery as the villain, but Black Ops III left much to be desired. I personally tried to get through the campaign in several times but always stalled out early on, and spent the majority of my time playing online instead. Infinite Warfare also is the latest entry in the series for developer Infinity Ward, whose last title was the thoroughly mediocre Ghosts, though I’m willing to bet that game’s quality was adversely affected by the console transition.
On the upside, Infinity Ward is responsible for Modern Warfare 1 & 2, which are regarded by many as among the best in the series. Since Advanced Warfare, each entry has a three-year development cycle. Hopefully, Infinity Ward had enough time to work out the kinks for Infinite Warfare. We have no word at this time whether there will be a ‘Zombies’ mode, though if there is it would likely be something space-based, such as aliens. It goes without saying as well that there will be multiplayer as well, though no details have been released yet.
Assassin’s Creed announced they would for the first time in almost a decade take a year off with their series and reassess its direction. Call of Duty in recent years has also felt at times like there are bits of greatness scattered among mediocre games and that a reset, or at least a break, would be welcome. The gameplay has always been rock-solid, but the fatigue does feel very real among gamers, despite the sales figures. We’ll see if Infinite Warfare can redeem the beloved franchise in the eyes of its long-time fans. The trailer above really looks like more of the same, for better, but mostly for worse at this point. The story, as it is presented here, looks light on plot and heavy on action, which has always been the series M.O. to be fair. But all flash and no substance make for a hollow and unenjoyable experience (that I’ll still probably play, let’s be honest).
Fans willing to shell out the extra cash will be rewarded with a remaster of Modern Warfare which thankfully includes 10 multiplayer maps as well. COD4 exhibits the series at its best, and if the maps and multiplayer are kept as they were years ago, gamers may find comfort in the relative simplicity that once was the series. The remaster is available on the Legacy & Digital Legacy Editions (which contain Infinite Warfare & Modern Warfare), the Digital Deluxe Edition (games & season pass), or the Legacy Pro Edition (games, season pass, steelbook, game soundtrack, plus digital downloads).
Infinite Warfare will release November, 4th, 2016. We’ll keep you updated as new details come out.