Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare is supposedly, "going back to it's roots," with a strong emphasis on a massive battle between two armies and this time slipping the surly bonds of Earth to take the fight to space in what might be the most ambitious Call of Duty yet.
While the initial E3 trailer did show a lot of interesting new features for the newest installment in the Call of Duty franchise, according to the press release, Infinite Warfare promises, "grand scale war with unforgettable characters, rich emotional arcs, an epic new setting and blockbuster Call of Duty action."
"Blockbuster" seems to be the appropriate word as Infinite Warefare will also feature, "For the first time ever, many parts of the campaign...will occur as a near seamless, action packed experience with few visible loading times." These seamless transitions between cutscenes and gameplay are one of the reasons Uncharted 4 was so widely praised, and seems to be a key component of this gaming generation; further enhancing player immersion and creating a deeper gaming experience.
In Infinite Warfare, players will face off against The Settlement Defense Front (The Front), a splinter group of insurgents that broke away from the United Nations Space Alliance during a war of secession, years ago. According to the release, "In the world of Call of Duty:Infinite Warfare, our planet has been stripped of its natural assets through population growth and industrial expansion. The people of Earth now rely upon colonies throughout the solar system to mine planets and asteroids for necessary fuel and other resources."
While my initial worry for Infinite Warfare was that the big space battle would be one or two missions, while the remainder would be set in traditional shooter space, Infinity Ward ensures us that, "air and space combat are a key aspect of the campaign. Players will experience new combat scenarios and environments that add tremendous variety and excitement to the single-player campaign." Supposedly added to the campaign will be a massive warship called "The Retribution," which will serve as the player’s home as they journey through the solar system. The Retribution will house the player’s crew and players will come to rely on and be responsible for it.
In addition to The Retribution, players will be able to pilot their own advanced space combat jet-fighter known as a "Jackal." Players will be able to customize and upgrade their Jackal throughout the campaign.
Of course, no Call of Duty experience would be complete without multiplayer. Infinite Warfare will feature" an evolution of Call of Duty’s movement system with an emphasis on front-line engagement. It rewards players for utilizing their surroundings and applying strategy in the heat of the moment." Along with online multiplayer, Infinite Wars will also include a new zombie mode with a new story, and new gameplay mechanics.
For those who purchase the Legacy or Legacy Pro Edition, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 Remastered will come included. COD: MW4 will offer a true high-definition experience, featuring enhanced textures, physically based rendering, high-dynamic range lighting and much more to bring a new generation experience to fans.
Call of Duty has come a long way from being a fairly repetitive, reliable release in the modern military shooter genre. It's truly refreshing and exciting to see it getting a little more creative and a little more inventive in their gameplay and atmospheres. For the first time in a while, I'm actually excited for a new Call of Duty.