Activision today announced Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare [official site], the latest in their long-running mega-hit military FPS series, and I am sorely disappointed. Firstly, today is a holiday in the UK, so I'm not even supposed to be here. Secondly, Infinite Warfare is about futurewar with spaceships and everything, not the Escherian nightmare that we were assured it would be. This 'real' Infinite Warfare does sound exciting, but I can only assume we were deceived as someone's idea of a 'joke'.
Activision also announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, a revamp of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - the game which defined the next nine years of CoD.
Here's Infinite's announcement trailer, with a peek at Modern Warfare remastered too:
As I said, I'm not even supposed to be here today, so I'll hand you over to Activision for the marketing blurb on what series creators Infinity Ward are up to:
"Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare puts storytelling front and center in a rich, immersive narrative. Infinity Ward breaks new ground by exploring the weight of leadership and its responsibilities. In a desperate time of overwhelming adversity, the player, as Captain of their own warship, must take command against a relentless enemy. Experienced soldiers are thrust into extraordinary circumstances that will test their training and reveal their true character as they learn to lead and to make the hard decisions necessary to achieve victory. The game also introduces stunning, never before seen environments, new weaponry and inventive player abilities to Call of Duty. The entire campaign – from boots-on-ground combat to piloting high speed space-fighters – occurs as a near seamless experience with few visible loading times, and delivers the hallmark, blockbuster franchise moments that fans love."
Basically, it's the future, there's a lot of war still, and set pieces are going even bigger and more ridiculous as it blasts off into space properly this time. It looks wild. I'm certainly up for scampering around in low-gravity. I think I can see someone stomping around on an asteroid (or maybe the Moon? did someone blow up the Moon? that sounds like something a CoD villain would do) in power armour and yes, that'll do nicely, thanks.
As for Modern Warfare remastered, there's a prettied-up version of CoD 4 which will come with the full story campaign and ten multiplayer maps. Raven Software are making it. MW Remastered will come with three of Infinite Warfare's many editions, and I'd be astonished if Activision don't sell it separately too.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is due on Friday, November 4th.