This morning, Activision and Infinity Ward announced Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare ahead of the Call of Duty Stream on Twitch. Enjoy the reveal trailer of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare!
Over the weekend, Activision has been on a leaking, and teasing overload keeping fans on their collective toes. This morning, Activision sent out a press release to journalists worldwide to talk up about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare ahead of the World Reveal livestream. Activision isn’t just releasing Infinte Warfare, they’re also releasing “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered” which is a remaster of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Both titles are heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Here is the official box art for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. That’s not all… Introducing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered!
There are several editions coming along with these games…
Legacy Edition and Digital Legacy Edition – Includes both Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, SRP $79.99.
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.
Digital Deluxe Edition – Includes Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and Season Pass, SRP $99.99.
As you can see, there are a variety of options to purchase Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered!
As mentioned earlier, Activision sent out a press release to the press, to detail information about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare…
SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIGN
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will lead players through an unforgettable journey as they engage in heroic battles with hallmark boots-on-the-ground combat. The campaign spans our solar system, taking players on a journey from Earth to beyond our atmosphere. It’s grand scale war with unforgettable characters, rich emotional arcs, an epic new setting and blockbuster Call of Duty action.
Return to Classic, Large Scale War
Set within a plausible future setting, the game puts players in the role of Captain Reyes, a Tier 1 Special Operations pilot, who takes the helm of the Retribution, one of Earth’s last remaining warships. In a time of unthinkable adversity, Reyes must lead the remnants of coalition forces against a relentless enemy.
Fighting a Fanatical Enemy
The Settlement Defense Front (The Front) represents a splinter group of insurgents that broke away from the United Nations Space Alliance during a war of secession, years ago. 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. The Front is a fascist power, comprised of brutal and militant radicals, toughened by the extreme conditions of off-world environments. They seek to control those outposts and their wealth, putting a stranglehold on the countries of Earth. After years of uneasy stalemate, diplomatic relations are strained and it will take only the slightest nudge to tip the entire solar system into war.
Immersive, Seamless Campaign Experience
For the first time ever, many parts of the campaign – from boots-on-the-ground, to piloting a jet fighter, to zero-g and space combat – will occur as a near seamless, action packed experience with few visible loading times, and delivers the signature, blockbuster franchise moments that fans love.
Warships Introduce a New Element to Call of Duty
For the first time in the series, 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.
The Retribution: The Retribution serves as the player’s home and representation of their life on Earth, as they journey through the solar system. A massive warship housing the player’s crew, the Retribution is a key character throughout the campaign and a vessel that players will come to rely on and be responsible for.
Jackal: Throughout the campaign, players will also pilot their very own advanced space combat ready jet-fighter, better known as the Jackal.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare features a Multiplayer mode that features 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. Maps are designed to immerse players into fast, fun, and frenetic gameplay that players have come to expect from Call of Duty. With its new approach to play, multiplayer will bring innovative gameplay that challenges players to achieve their goals in creative ways based on their specific play style.
Infinite Warfare will introduce an original cooperative Zombies mode that takes players on a wild ride through a new storyline with unique gameplay features and mechanics. Expect a lot of fun surprises when more details about the new zombies experience are announced later this year.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III is the first Call of Duty title to go under the Activision/PlayStation exclusive partnership. This means Sony and Activision co-markets the title, and all DLC’s are exclusive to the PlayStation brand. Going forward, all DLC’s for Infinite Warfare will be made available on PlayStation  first, followed by Xbox One and PC.
Infinity Ward posted on Sony’s PlayStation Blog to announce the next Call of Duty title as Infinite Warfare. Here is an excerpt of that article…
We are thrilled to reveal that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is officially the next title from our studio, and we’ve got a ton of fresh info to share with you today.
Infinite Warfare represents a departure for us in several ways. This will be Infinity Ward’s first Call of Duty to benefit from a full three-year development timeline. That means we’re bringing an ambitious approach and employing state-of-the-art design methods during our development. We’ll also have a little extra time for even more of the high-quality polish and refinement to make this game everything it can be.
Infinite Warfare will redefine what players think of as the traditional narrative experience for the franchise. Human conflict under extreme pressure unpacks character personalities, character depth, and story in a manner that few games have explored. Our goal is to create the most gripping and immersive story ever told in a Call of Duty game. We’re doing that by thrusting players into wartime leadership against a relentless enemy, and making them truly feel the weight of command.
Finally, Infinite Warfare will be the first game in the franchise to venture beyond the reaches of Earth, framing a plausible future war in our solar system. To be clear, we aren’t developing a science fiction or space battle game — Infinite Warfare is first and foremost a Call of Duty game, which means visceral boots-on-the-ground infantry combat as well as piloting combat vehicles. But, by expanding the scope of the action into the vastness of space, we are taking this experience to exciting and surprising places in many ways.
Though we are putting a great deal of emphasis on the game’s engaging story, Infinite Warfare will of course continue to push boundaries for online multiplayer. Our maps will showcase never-before-seen environments depicted for the first time in franchise history. And, with fast, fun, and frenetic gameplay, our multiplayer will challenge players to achieve their goals in various, novel ways.
Additionally, Infinite Warfare will introduce an original cooperative Zombies mode that takes players on a wild ride through a new storyline with unique gameplay features and mechanics. More details about multiplayer and the new zombies experience will be announced at a later date. For now, we’re excited to say that PS4 owners will get DLC Map Packs 30 days early. So plan your upcoming holiday season weekends carefully.
One more thing — we’re delighted to confirm that we are working on the Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition, which includes Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered,* bringing the most critically acclaimed title in Call of Duty history to PS4 for the first time. Executive produced by Infinity Ward and developed closely with the amazing team at Raven, Modern Warfare Remastered will include the full, iconic story campaign, and the original multiplayer mode with ten of the biggest fan-favorite maps that redefined Call of Duty forever, fully remastered for PS4.
Set your countdown and be ready for launch. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare blasts off worldwide November 4.
Even more information about Infinite Warfare…
“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.”
Activision/Infinity Ward gave out more information about the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered…
“One of the most critically acclaimed titles in the series, inspired by overwhelming community interest, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is being remastered for current generation consoles. Executive produced by Infinity Ward and developed by Raven, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered puts players into a modern-day action-thriller filled with the heart-stopping moments that made it one of the most critically-acclaimed games of all-time.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered boasts vibrant current generation visuals, with fully improved texture resolution and detail, high-dynamic range lighting, lit and shadowing VFX particles, revamped animation and audio, stunning sound, and much more. Fans will relive the full, iconic campaign as they’re transported around the globe with Capt. Price, Gaz and Soap across all the missions from the original game, including “All Ghillied Up,” “Charlie Don’t Surf,” and “Crew Expendable.” Players will also experience the online multiplayer mode that redefined Call of Duty by introducing killstreaks, XP, Prestige and more, and battle head-to-head in 10 fan-favorite maps from the original multiplayer mode, including classics such as “Crash,” “Backlot” and “Crossfire.”
During a livestream today, Infinity Ward teased that there will be some surprises at E32016. More info will be revealed between now and E3. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare hits retail shelves on November 4th, 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Infinity Ward, the original creators of Call of Duty released a new video on their YouTube channel to reflect as a retrospective on Call of Duty. In the video, Infinity Ward employees went on the record to say that they want to bring big changes to Call of Duty…
Two big quotes are “I want people to play our new game and say, ‘Wow, I haven’t seen CoD change that much since [Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare],” and “I see a new level of storytelling coming to this franchise.”
Stay tuned for the World Reveal of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare tommorrow morning…
The stream starts at 10:30 am PT/PST tomorrow morning, on the Call of Duty Twitch channel.
The weekend is not over, even if you think that Activision’s marketing strategy is over with the recent YouTube/Twitch/Instagram teases. Activision has been employing some of the most unique marketing strategies ever employed to a video game. I mean, you have in-game advertisements going on in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s Nuk3town map…
Nuk3town is free to everyone, will rotate in main playlists all weekend, so anyone playing Black Ops 3 are seeing all these leaks. There are more and more Easter Eggs being found in Nuk3town as we get closer and closer to the World Reveal of Infinite Warfare…
Treyarch updated the Nuk3town map with a new hotfix that would tease players with a new soundbyte from Infinite Warfare…
The Call of Duty YouTube account updated their channel with the following teaser trailer…
That’s not all. Activision created a page, but is one of the most unique marketing strategies ever. CODMessenger is a page that treats itself as if it’s a bot… This bot is responding to Facebook members with mission debriefings, here’s an example below…
Why is this important? Facebook has a separate app for mobile users called “FB Messenger” so this page is reaching just about every single Call of Duty fan that likes the page that uses a phone or tablet or other mobile technology. This has a much, much larger reach than normal Facebook pages right now.
I think that’s enough information to digest for now. See you soon!
Following multiple leaks of 2016’s Call of Duty title – the question was still in the air – are these leaks real? Is 2016’s Call of Duty title really “Infinite Warfare?” Well, wonder no longer. Activision filed a trademark for Infinite Warfare in two different variations “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” and “Infinite Warfare.”
Treyarch released a Black Ops 3 hotfix update to tease players about the next iteration of Call of Duty and you can see them below…
Followed by this hotfix…
Call of Duty on Twitch has been livestreaming a loop of the video below with several quotes. The marketing slogan for this particular video is “Know Your Enemy.”
These are the quotes that will loop…
“We are the Settlement Defense Front. You answer to us.”
“Our blood boils, and so too shall your oceans.”
“Our destruction will be final. You will watch as the walls around you crumble.”
“You will know loss, and you will be left with nothing. We are in power now.”
“We are your enemy. We are the Settlement Defense Front.”
“What can you do to prevent what’s coming? Nothing.”
“Your future is obsolete. We will pour destruction like molten lava.”
“Your bones will shake. Your monuments will fall. Your world will be left in ruins.”
There are a few factions referenced in Call of Duty’s Twitch and Instagram accounts, and they are: SDF (Settlement Defense Front), and another one: UNSA. Not only that, there are many marketing fliers going around with Zakhaev’s uprising faction called “Infinity” and another one called Wave Seven. What’s even more interesting, is that Wave Seven has a logo that looks like it reads “IW7” which obviously refers to either Infinity Ward’s 7th major Call of Duty title, or the 7th IW engine.
According to an image released as a “cover” image for Google+ marketing, the codename for “Infinite Warfare” is Genesis. A while ago, there were leaks that leads to a possible title being “Call of Duty: Genesis.”
Below, you see these fliers and images…
Infinity Faction/Wave Seven
Wave Seven Recruitment
The World Reveal is on Tuesday, see you then!
As reported before, a Modern Warfare Remaster is in the cards. However, a new leak has arrived, and it’s for a Canadian retailer. In this leak, “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” is referenced again. Furthermore, the supposed Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare remaster is once again referenced. This time, the whole logo is open and wide for everyone to see, however, we still don’t know if this remaster is just for COD4 or the entire trilogy.
Now, before you overreact, realize this is intended for Canadian residents. The prices are insane, yes, but they’re in CAD (Canadian Dollars). As you can see, there are two versions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare: Standard Edition costs $79.99 CAD, and the “Legacy Edition” costs $109.99 CAD. The interesting part is that the Legacy Edition has “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered” as a bonus. It’s a download voucher according to the icon below the box art. What’s even more interesting is that it features Campaign, and features only 10 Multiplayer maps. However, the original COD4: Modern Warfare had 16 total maps.
The poster tells you to read for more information at the FAQ regarding the remaster – it’s not online yet. I’m thinking it will be revealed next Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016. Otherwise, any leak thus far, including this one is deemed as unconfirmed until the official reveal on Tuesday. Treat everything you see as rumor until the reveal. See you then.
There has been many leaks in recent months, and we’re now at the end of April. The worldwide reveal of Call of Duty’s 2016 title is imminent any day now. The biggest leak to date is the leak of “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” by Sony themselves.
And, that’s not the only leak of this supposed “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.” A user on Reddit leaked an image of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. He found it while at Target. Charlie Intel found a higher-resolution image of Infinite Warfare’s box…
As you can see, “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” looks real, and it shows the Worldwide release date of Infinite Warfare. Not only that, the pamphlet also shows that the game includes a “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.” We’re not sure if this is the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trilogy or just Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered. However, Amazon has Modern Warfare Trilogy listed on their website…
You think that’s it? Nope. As I mentioned earlier, a reveal of Call of Duty 2016 is imminent any day now. Many sources are saying you can look forward to a reveal of Call of Duty 2016 on Tuesday, May 3rd – according to a memo intended for a retailer…
Furthermore, the official Call of Duty Twitter account responded to a user that posted that he would literally crap his pants if a COD4 Remastered was released…
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) April 27, 2016
Not only that, Infinity Ward had their own tease…
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) April 27, 2016
So, we all know that a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remaster is on the way. Questions remain: Is this a remaster of just Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, or ALL 3 titles? Is this exclusive just to Single Player, or both Single Player and Multiplayer?
I’d be happy if this “Modern Warfare Trilogy” includes Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, and to a lesser extent, Modern Warfare 3? I’d be even more excited if the remaster included the Multiplayer portion provided that they fix the the glitches, hacks, cheats, and exploits. And then put in some extras such as playercards and some kind of theater mode or at least allow for share capabilities (PlayStation 4).
If “Legacy Edition” includes the aforementioned trilogy, then those pre-orders are just going to skyrocket. No doubt about that.
There is a lot of speculation going on about the next Call of Duty going to the future. We’ve been in the future for a while now. This theme started with Modern Warfare 3, continued with Black Ops 2, then continued with Call of Duty Ghosts, except that with Ghosts we went a bit backwards. Advanced Warfare was tasked with creating their own sub-series, it picked up where Black Ops 2 left off with the futuristic theme, and tried to bring about their own innovations such as being able to jump into the air with exo-suits. Black Ops 3 followed suit with both the futuristic setting, and the thrust jumps. The last 2 months has been a little hectic for Call of Duty fans, there were unconfirmed leaks by not-very-well-known leakers, and confirmed leaks by well-known leakers.
The first leak was that Call of Duty would go back to infantry warfare with Call of Duty: Bloodline(s), and was going to center around a team of infantry “brothers.” The title was going to be released for a new Nintendo console codenamed “NX.” Since then, the leak went quiet, into the background.
The next leak was, and universally “understood” that the next title was going to be Call of Duty: Ghosts 2, since there was a story cliffhanger at the end of Call of Duty: Ghosts. But, there were not many leaks of Ghosts 2 thereafter that, it just went into the background again. Mostly because it’s being met with silent “hms” by Call of Duty fans. Call of Duty: Ghosts didn’t sell well, and fans weren’t reacting well to it. Critics gave it a huge backlash for not being ambitious, not being innovative enough, not being bold in direction, and so on. Universally, the game stayed stuck into the “same ol’ Call of Duty.” I’ll get back into this subject later in this article.
Now, we’re getting very close to the end of March, and the beginning of April. Keep in mind, that between April, and May is where the real leaks, the real news of the next Call of Duty start to take shape. We’ll know news about the next title in the Call of Duty franchise rather soon. The main story we’re hearing as of right now is that Call of Duty is going into space.
This leak is growing bigger and bigger as we go along. Call of Duty: Space Warfare has received multiple leaks shortly after the initial reveal of “Space Warfare.” The story we’re hearing now is:
– The game takes place in the far future. Further than Black Ops 3.
– The whole game is “space themed.”
– Multiplayer maps will take place in space stations, living bases on Mars, and the moon. (And this is actually not far fetched since Black Ops explored the “moon” with Zombies, and Ghosts went to space at one point.)
– Each map will have different gameplay, since each map has different types of gravity. (The moon for example may allow you to jump 6 times higher than the gravity on Mars or Earth, or another planet.)
– Some maps will allow you to explore Space Ships – whether they are inside space ships, around it, outside it, etc.
– Classic weapons will return, but will have futuristic weapons thrown into the mix. Kind of like how Advanced Warfare was a mixture of futuristic weapons, and modified versions of weapons we already know.
– Maps will be interactive, the leaker said to look at the space station in Ghosts as an example. (Ghosts’ maps were already interactive with the moving items on the maps.)
– Maps will be larger, and more open according to the leaker.
– Supply Drops will return, but the leaker says that there is talk about calling them either Supply Drops or Battle Pods (to go with the space theme.)
– Movement is similar to Black Ops 3 than Advanced warfare. (So expect suits similar to exo’s and/or boosters.)
– There is talk of releasing Call of Duty Online worldwide, and/or releasing COD4: Modern Warfare and COD: Modern Warfare 2 as backward compatible for Xbox One. (What about PlayStation fans, Activision!?)
– Call of Duty 2016 will be released only for Current Gen consoles (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC) according to the leaker.
Likewise, all of these leaks has inspired reaction videos from the Call of Duty community as of late. For example, an eSports team by the name of Optic Gaming, released a video reacting to these Call of Duty: Space Warfare leaks. I’ll let you watch the video in it’s entirety so we can get to the nitty gritty opinions.
T’was released on NadeShot’s youtube, but team made their own reactions to Call of Duty: Space Warfare, and then they delved deeper into Call of Duty’s flaws. They even brought up Call of Duty: Ghosts. I’ll talk about them below the line.
I am completely fine with Call of Duty going into the future. I am also completely fine with Call of Duty going into space. Black Ops 2 was the best Call of Duty title in my opinion – since Modern Warfare 2. Space-themed games are on fire right now. No Man’s Sky is being released in 2 months, the reboot of Doom is being released in 2 months, and likewise with VR being hot as it is now, we’re seeing a rise of Space Shooters. So, it’s not at all surprising that Call of Duty: Space Warfare is the next title in the Call of Duty franchise if the leaks are anything to go by. Wrap your heads around the fact that we’re going to see more Sci-Fi, futuristic, space-themed games being released.
Black Ops 2 was in the future, and I am not going to lie to you: The game is good, despite the futuristic setting. Black Ops 3 was good, but the thrust jumps are just getting annoying. There are people who jump for no reason at all in Black Ops 3, especially inside corridors, inside buildings, and other trollish ways to piss off the players. The optic team brings up a few interesting points: Boost Jumps/Thrust Jumps are just “another thing to worry about.” It’s even worse for Snipers. When snipers try to pick off enemies from across the map, they have to worry about someone coming out the left field because they’re likely to be killed by jumpers.
There are a lot of reasons why Call of Duty: Ghosts got the flack by the Call of Duty community, and I’ll leave you to your own opinions why the game sucked. In my opinion, I thought Ghosts was quite fine. The game reminds you of COD4, or more likely MW2. My biggest problems with Ghosts was that it was too easy to exploit the game’s various glitches, various exploits, various gameplay imbalances, various spawn troubles. In fact, despite the fact that Ghosts had larger maps, more open spaces, the game inherited much of the spawn trapping that started in Modern Warfare 3. Black Ops 3 inherited that, too.
Since Modern Warfare 3, we’ve seen a growing pain of lag problems, which Ghosts and Black Ops 3 has tried to fix with the Call of Duty servers. Ghosts started the whole hybrid servers, and Activision says that Black Ops 3 has dedicated servers, but some servers don’t have the 100% uptime, and more horsepower to handle 6 vs 6 players, 12 vs 12 players or the maximum amount of players. Both PlayStation and Xbox One players are facing this problem every day on Black Ops 3. Which in this day and age, is inexcusable for Activision. There are games that can handle double that number, like Battlefield 4 on consoles. People who intentionally lag from across the world aren’t helping this, either. I’ve been in a few matches where lag would make people disappear and skip in front of you. Yeah, cheating exists in Black Ops 3, you just need to pay attention to the small details.
(And no, I’m not complaining about lag for no reason at all for those of you with those “your internet sucks!” Actually, I have good internet. Thank you very much.)
Advanced Warfare received a mixed bag of feedback from fans of Call of Duty. Activision, and its investors were panicking about Advanced Warfare’s sales. I found this to be a bit worrying because it sounds like they’re not confident in the Call of Duty brand, and likewise fans think that the futuristic theme of Call of Duty is destroying the franchise. Actually, quite on the contrary, if you saw the video by NadeShot – this is far from the truth. The Optic team said that the problem does not stem from the period in which Call of Duty takes place in. It does not matter where the series takes place in, what matters is keeping the series – where it originally was – on the ground. Yes, infantry warfare.
Black Ops 2 was the perfect balance between taking place in the future, and keeping more of the infantry warfare. And that’s just where everyone wants to keep Call of Duty if they’re to continue using realistic[-like] weapons.
A dawn of a new era started with Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. I have waited on closing MW3Blog for a long time, and now we’re way past Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s worldwide launch. Today paves the way for new beginnings. I no longer need MW3Blog. CarlosX360 Co., Ltd. has reached new milestones, after milestones. It’s time to retire MW3Blog and move onto bigger projects.
As much as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare set the stage for Michael Condrey, and Glen Schofield in their journey with their new game studio, called Sledgehammer Games – Advanced Warfare Blog set the stage for CarlosX360 Co., Ltd. to show off what it’s made of. For 5 and a half years, I’ve provided you Call of Duty fans with news, information, and speculative articles. Starting next year – 2016 – I will no longer need yearly niche websites. They were all test subjects, and therefore CODNet will rise.
Advanced Warfare Blog
I will hold onto Advanced Warfare Blog until the very end. I think that Sledgehammer Games and Activision is/are working on a trilogy for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. If not, I will simply just retire it. I only close COD sites after all DLC’s are released. This way, it blocks my competition from eating into my space.
What about Black Ops 3 Blog?
I will renew the domain for 2016 and retire the site after the all DLC’s are out.
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With Advanced Warfare out to retailers worldwide, some people might be wondering “What’s next for Call of Duty?” Those questions were answered with a bunch of leaks that purport that the next Call of Duty title is “World of War II.” However, I don’t think the final name of 2015’s Call of Duty title is World of War 2. Let’s investigate this!
Before we start with speculation as to why I think the next title is Black Ops 3, let’s start with why it [COD 2015] should be a sequel to a pre-existing title. In two consecutive Call of Duty titles, Activision hasn’t been able to scale Call of Duty to the next level. In fact, the Call of Duty franchise has been on a decline. Call of Duty: Ghosts sold less than Black Ops 2, and while Advanced Warfare sold surprisingly well, that for the 6th year in a row, Call of Duty was the #1 entertainment launch of the year. While it did well, it still sold less units than BO2. If I recall correctly, I read an article saying it sold only [around] 18 million copies.
Activision took a risk with Sledgehammer Games by betting on two veteran developers who worked on blockbuster titles, and put them on a journey: Build their Call of Duty team, and get the next game developed. 3 Years later, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is released, and players are enjoying their new game. The trust has been established, now Sledgehammer Games can build on the foundation they’ve set.
Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Ghosts was a failure for a lot of reasons, that I will leave to you why it failed. In general, Call of Duty: Ghosts was a test game for Infinity Ward. A demo, if you will.
Now, story-wise, both titles have one thing in common: The story is wiped clean, the plot is wiped clean, the cast of characters has been wiped clean. No returning characters with the exception of a few alternate reality characters. What I’m getting at, is that both games don’t have the momentum to jump off of. For example, the reason why Black Ops 2 was so successful regardless of the fact that it’s in a new generation of Call of Duty tech – is simple: The story arc is continuing. In other words, most of the characters were returning from Black Ops (and World at War). There is a continuance between all three titles, which allows the fanbase to anticipate, and rave about the game.
Advanced Warfare escaped this because of the alternate reality character was included, along with Kevin Spacey’s help. The fact that Advanced Warfare looked gorgeous didn’t hurt, either. My point is; there needs to be some kind of continuance for the next Treyarch title.
So, why would Activision go for a pre-existing brand? I lay it out for you.
I’m going to start from the beginning so you understand where I’m coming from. Modern Warfare 3 continued the foundation laid out by Modern Warfare 2: Many characters returned, much of the plot has been carried over, and then there’s using the backstory of COD4. So, it’s easy to sell MW3 as a game. The only thing that kept the game from being a successful, breakout hit, was none other than the various glitches, bugs, and whatnot that still plagues the series in CODGhosts.
Modern Warfare 3 ended the story arc, so the only person left in the series is Captain Price. A lot of people wondered if Activision and Co. would re-visit the Modern Warfare franchise at some point. 2013 came around, and Activision let out some teasers by Sledgehammer Games, and let out leaks pointing to a possible MW4, turns out that the current IW team wanted a clean slate. Ghosts was born. And the game went on to become a blockbuster hit, however it backfired on them following the release because people wanted to return the game, spit on it, etc.
These MW4 teasers returned largely in 2014, including actual references by the Sledgehammer Games team a possible “MW4.” Turns out it was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in May.
There are hints by Treyarch pointing to a Pearl Harbor campaign!
Well, if you look at the history of teasers by Treyarch themselves, you’d know that this is a tactic done before by them. When Black Ops 2 was coming out, there were a few images pointing to a possible 1980 Cold War campaign. Now, if you finish Black Ops 2, you’d know that – Treyarch took pieces of 1980’s campaign, and merged it into the story in Black Ops 2’s futuristic setting as part of the game’s way of foretelling BO2.
The story arc ended with Black Ops 2…
Oh really? So, you mean to tell me all three well-known characters died in Black Ops 2? They didn’t. In fact, at the end of Black Ops 2, if I recall correctly: Father and Son meets for the first time in what… 20 years? If anything, this brings me to my exact reason why the next game is possibly Black Ops 3. Advanced Warfare briefly explores this story, and I think with Treyarch’s ability to write a story… Treyarch can explore this kind of Father/Son relationship in a war.
Just an FYI for people who don’t remember:
If the player spares Menendez’s life, completes all of the Strike Force Missions, and the characters Chloe Lynch and Alex Mason survive the events of the game, then the preferred ending will result. The player will have secured an alliance between China and the United States, ending the Second Cold War. Lynch’s survival prevents Menendez’s cyberattack from succeeding. And finally, Alex’s survival allows him to visit Frank Woods in retirement, reuniting with David. The final scene shows Menendez in prison becoming enraged after watching a talk show with Jimmy Kimmel interviewing Lynch, who insults Menendez during the interview.
If Menendez is spared and Lynch survives but Alex Mason is killed in action then the Second Cold War will end and Menendez’s cyberattack will fail. David Mason will visit his father’s grave with Woods and decide to retire from soldiering. Woods comments that his father would approve of the decision.
If Menendez is spared and Lynch is killed, David will take Menendez into custody. The cyberattack will, however, succeed, allowing Menendez to escape. He then kills Woods in the retirement home before visiting his sister’s grave, dousing himself in gasoline and readying a lit match.
If Menendez is killed regardless of Lynch and Mason’s fate, a YouTube video that Menendez recorded earlier will air, inciting the civilian population to riot and burn down the White House.
Those are the two possibilities surrounding the duo.
Those of you who think the story arc ended with Black Ops 2, don’t know that based on the multiple endings. We don’t know which one is the ending that Treyarch is “championing” as the real ending.
Some images are pointing to a possible World at War 2..
Many early leaks of World at War 2 point to the same timeframe in which a Call of Duty title is revealed. I’m sorry, but most of these images are made by fans.
But.. But.. Microsoft [Canada] leaked Call of Duty: World at War 2!
That story was debunked by the “leaker” himself in a tweet that reads: “Earlier I posted an unofficial (not from Xbox) image to see what others think of it, not as an endorsement or tease. Sorry for any confusion.”
A well-known industry insider points everyone towards Black Ops 3…
I think this is the most logical confirmation about Call of Duty’s 2015 title. The insider said, and I quote: “Just remember what Treyarch’s big games are.” World at War 2 isn’t happening according to his sly hints.
He brings up a good point. Not only does he have a good track record of inside leaks, he has a good track record of confirmations, he also brings up a good point: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold really well, that it would be a illogical move not to bank on it. Consider what I said earlier: There needs to be continuance from pre-existing titles. Otherwise, the fanbase won’t care. They didn’t care with CODGhosts, and Advanced Warfare was evoked mixed reactions from fans. One thing is clear: Fans are universally skeptical of new sub-brands such as Ghosts & Advanced Warfare until they’ve played it.
Your Verdict? My verdict is that all signs point to a possible Black Ops 3.