Every year there is one certainty; a new iteration of Call of Duty will be release, normally followed by great reviews and fan optimism. However this seems to be changing, although not exactly a scientific method to show disapproval, the trailer is currently making the wrong kind of history with 2.6m dislikes, and only a handful of likes.
Infinite Warfare’s gameplay is heavily set in space, as you follow from Earth’s colonisation of alien planets, reaping their resources. However, there is a group of fanaticals, called The Settlement Defense Force, who oppose this idea and start a war with Earth. The game involves flying in space, and fighting in space as an astronaut, and with large mechs.
The multiplayer will have the traditional elements, such as Zombies, for those who enjoy it; and there will also be the addition of Modern Warfare remastered as a way of conceding ground to fans who remember the good old days of warfare. This version will be updated with better graphics, and rejigged multiplayer aspects.
Call of Duty’s demise, although I may be talking too soon, is related to a number of elements, with the most obvious one being the lack of originality in the game idea; looking a lot like Halo, Rogue Squadron or even Titanfall. Although, the Titanfall comment may hit a sore spot for Activision, as its creators are the people that had a dispute with them and left Infinity Ward.
They have directed the game towards the future and space, where they see the more scope for storytelling, but, they could stick to their roots with Modern Warfare where there are so many avenues to follow. They could always go back, like EA with Battlefield 1, to a time such as WW1 or WW2, which is far more relatable. In my opinion Call of Duty’s best games have been the very first, in WW2 and Modern Warfare,as there was good storytelling, an immersive plot and themes everyone can relate to.
Since the last Call of Duty; 343 has tried to innovate Halo which was sucessful, EA is trying with Battlefield by going back in time, Bungie is trying something different with Destiny and Ubisoft with the Division is trying a new way to immerse and attract gamers. However, this can’t be said for Activision with Call of Duty. Gamers are changing the way they interact with the whole market, some wanting constant new content abd others looking for new gameplay, but most of all they want more for their money, which they have constantly put in to this franchise.