That’s right: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a thing, and the “Infinite” part of that phrase refers, at least in part, to the vast icy blackness of outer space, where players will go in order to kill stuff.
Hot off the leak of the title of the new Call of Duty game, as well as a confirmed-by-smiling-poop-emoji rumor that publisher Activision and developer Infinity Ward would also release a remastered version of 2007’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Activision went ahead and confirmed both with the above trailer. From what can be gleaned from the trailer, Infinite Warfare sounds like a conflict between Earth forces and offworld colonists in the future, from the snatches of audio featured in this teaser, and you’ll be flying spaceships, teaming up with robots, and apparently, fighting in zero gravity.
According to a press release from Activision, Infinite Warfare is a conflict that will span the solar system. The gist is this: Earth is out of resources and relies on extraplanetary colonies to supply it with stuff it needs. A splinter group of fascist fanatics called the Settlement Defense Front are not super happy with that arrangement. War ensues.
As for that remaster of Modern Warfare, right now it’s available as a pre-order incentive for fans who are willing to plonk down their money early before Infinite Warfare is even out—which won’t be until Nov. 4. Surely the remastered version of the game will also be available as a standalone purchase, but players who want to don a ghillie suit and revisit that awesome Chernobyl mission will probably have to wait if they’re not also interested in shooting dudes in space.
Meanwhile, one has to wonder where the Call of Duty franchise goes from here, since its warfare has moved from Modern to Advanced, Cold (as handled by the Black Ops series), and now space-based Infinite. That doesn’t leave a lot of kinds of warfare to cover in yearly releases. Ancient, maybe? Intellectual? Psychological?
Actually, Call of Duty: Psychological Warfare sounds pretty slick. That’s a freebie, Activision.