It’s official: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will let you schlep your warmongering arsenal into the inimical bleakness of outer space.
We’re just getting official wind of the next-in-line Call of Duty now, replete with a marketing barrage and mention of a second game. (The original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is coming back, now all spiffed up and remastered for current generation consoles.)
Here’s what we know so far.
Call of Duty is about to have its Star Wars moment. I know, the Halo comparisons feel more apt, but tell me that preliminary space battle with all those chunky weaponized tugboat-looking ships in the above trailer doesn’t make you think of star destroyers and rebel frigates going nose-to-nose.
Scan a bit further into the trailer and you’ll spy a bunch of rocks very near the sun (ergo not the asteroid belt–did someone blow up Mercury?), another scene with reddish cliffs and a butterscotch sky that’s surely Martian, and the view from one of Saturn’s moons. Here we go, into the wild black yonder.
Activision’s marketing blurb bills Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare as extending “beyond the reaches of Earth.” That’s only half true if we count the ODIN mission in 2013’s Call of Duty: Ghosts, which let players briefly float around a weaponized orbital space station in zero gravity. I know it’s a bit silly to say so, but you know, for the record.
You play as Captain Reyes, “a Tier 1 Special Operations pilot, who takes the helm of the Retribution, one of Earth’s last remaining warships. In a time of unthinkable adversity, Reyes must lead the remnants of coalition forces against a relentless enemy.”
Can you control said warship seriously, or superficially? We’ll see. Also: there’s going to be dogfighting.
So we’ve apparently overpopulated and stripped the planet, driving us skyward in search of resources (asteroids, planets) as well as insurgent groups out of the United Nations. The bad guys this time are a fascist faction called “The Front,” described as “brutal and militant radicals, toughened by the extreme conditions of off-world environments” trying to control those remote resources. Think “outer space mafia.”
Make that Friday, November 4, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
There’s no basic $60 edition this year. If you want to play Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, you have to buy either the $80 Legacy Edition, the $100 Digital Deluxe Edition (which includes a Season Pass for all subsequent content) or the $120 Legacy Pro Edition. (which includes the Season Pass plus a steel game case, game soundtrack and extra digital items.)
Love it or leave it, you’re paying for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare remastered, since it’s bundled with all three versions. That was the series’ turning point, popularity-wise, and it looks pretty slick in the trailer. Activision describes it as having “vibrant current generation visuals, with fully improved texture resolution and detail, high-dynamic range lighting, lit and shadowing VFX particles, revamped animation and audio, stunning sound, and much more.”
But if you have no interest in revisiting a nine-year-old shooter, you’re out of luck. Activision isn’t selling vanilla Infinite Warfare.