If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a robot face - forever. In Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare [official site], you will play as the boot. Infinity Ward have graced the internet with a gameplay trailer showing off the first level, where the boot, played here by a soldier called Lt Reyes, must tramp through Geneva, shooting as many robots and robot-loving humans as possible, before flying into space and shooting possibly more robots among the stars. Come watch all the explosive, robophobic action after the jump.
Skip to 5.20 to see the exact moment I would have accidentally killed 3 innocent civilians.
The trailer also features deadly robot spiderthings, shotguns that magically will their rounds to narrow in on particular parts of the human body, and a hacking module that lets you self-destruct enemy robots (leading to your squad mates to congratulate you in the most oddly Hollywood way by shouting "solid hack!" in the middle of a gunfight). You can also call in gunships to clear an area, although there are so many fiery set pieces in this demo it is hard to tell which events are scripted and which will always be available for the player to use on the hoof. But it looks like you'll be able to use this skill in moments when the pilot becomes "available".
Meanwhile, another trailer has been released, showing off the space carrier 'Retribution' which will be the main hub of the game. It has been designed to mimic the layout of a modern day naval carrier, the developers say, "to create a gritty, raw environment grounded in reality".
Not sure about the "grounded in reality" bit - it is a spaceship - but it does look like the inside of the USS Intrepid in some quarters, which is either cool or boring, depending on how much you like the colour grey.
I haven't played COD since MW2. But I am enjoying how daft this action looks, not to mention the premise that, in this explodey future, specialist roles are somehow no longer needed in the military. These soldiers can do absolutely EVERYTHING, including piloting spaceships.
What do you think? Is it time to dive back into the series? Or has CoD's brand of shooty bang become infinitely repetitive?