Here we go, another year another Call of Duty game, this time we’re back with series creators Infinity Ward who is taking the franchise into SPACE! Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is set to launch later this year on November 4th, and “for the first time in franchise history, extends beyond the reaches of Earth into the vast expanse of our solar system.”
If space warfare isn’t your cup of tea, then Activision is also releasing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – Remastered as part of the game’s collectors editions. The remastered version of the classic COD game will include the game’s original campaign mode and 10 multiplayer maps.
“This year, we’re both honoring the heritage of Call of Duty while taking players to incredible new heights,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a bold, new vision from the studio that created the original Call of Duty and Modern Warfare, and an adventure on an insanely epic scale that only Call of Duty could deliver. And Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is one of the most beloved games of all-time, reborn for a new generation. We have lovingly remastered it with a whole new level of graphical fidelity and realism that wasn’t possible when the original was released. It’s going to be a great year for Call of Duty players.”
In Infinite Warfare, players will take control of Captain Reyes, a Tier 1 Special Operations pilot, in the distant future where Earth’s resources are gone and humans have taken up colonies to mine planets and asteroids. This is where the game’s antagonist, the Settlement Defense Front, which is an insurgent group that broke away from the United Nations Space Alliance during a war of secession years ago.
Players will be able fight on land, air and space, as their characters will be living aboard the Retribution, a massive warship housing the crew and journeying through the solar system. The Jackal will be the player’s advanced space combat ready jet-fighter.
“With Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, we are taking Call of Duty to places fans have never experienced in the series,” said Dave Stohl, Studio Head of Infinity Ward. “On one hand, this game is the kind of gritty, boots on the ground, visceral war story that Call of Duty is known for. On the other, its future setting takes players on a journey of epic scale and proportions, providing incredible gameplay innovations and new experiences for our fans. This is a grand scale, old-school, all-out war in an epic new-school setting. And it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun.”
For the first time in an Infinity Ward developed Call of Duty game, Infinite Warfare will include a Zombie mode that will be a separate universe from the Infinite Warfare storyline. Infinity Ward’s last COD game, Ghosts, featured a similar mode with Extinction, which instead of zombies had players facing off against Aliens. Zombies were first introduced in World at Ward, and had been a trend for Treyarch developed Call of Duty games, however they have recently also been included in Advanced Warfare as “Exo-Zombie” mode.
There will be 3 collectors editions for Infinite Warfare, each will include a copy of Modern Warfare, and will be the ONLY way to get a copy of the remastered edition according to Activison. The Collectors include:
- Legacy Edition and Digital Legacy Edition — Includes both Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, suggested retail price $79.99.
- Digital Deluxe Edition — Includes Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and Season Pass, SRP $99.99.
- Legacy Pro Edition — Includes Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, Season Pass, collectible steelbook, official game soundtrack and additional digital items, SRP $119.99.
In our opinion, we have a few questions about Infinite Warfare that we’ll probably have to wait for E3 to have answered. It may be just COD burn-out but this year’s announcement hasn’t gotten us that excited as Ghost, Advanced and Black Ops 3 did when they were announced, and the inclusion of Modern Warfare as a Legacy edition exclusive could show a lack of confidence, by hoping that MW will boost sales of the more expensive editions. Of course we won’t know until the game launches on November 4th for PC, PS4 and Xbox One if this will be the case.