It looks as if the logical progression of Call of Duty has run its course. After tracing its lineage from World War II all the way through to near-future bionic combat there was really only one way they could top - to infinity and beyond.
Yessir, the 2016 Call of Duty game from series creators Infinity Ward will be taking the shooter to the deepest, darkest depths of space. It will reportedly offer warring combat between rival space factions and will be set potentially hundreds, if not thousands, of years in the future.
Details are very scarce other than it will be full-blown science fiction set far in the future, integrating some form of space combat. Knowing Infinity Ward’s penchant for pyrotechnics, don’t be surprised to see Earth blown to smithereens by a well-aimed death ray.
I think we all knew it was going to happen sooner or later, but it’s as sure a sign as any that Activision is running out of ideas for the brand. I’m up for a Halo-style space shooter sure, particularly with the quality of Call of Duty’s multiplayer, but there’s a hint of desperation to it.
At the very least it would mean we don’t have to subject ourselves to Call of Duty: Ghosts 2 though. Infinity Ward’s latest effort was the most poorly received mainline title in the series yet, so I’m glad to see the back of it, particularly after rumours it was making a return. The modern warfare aspect has also been done to death, so at least Infinity Ward is attempting something new here, even if it does feel like a last ditch attempt to halt declining sales.
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