Even the title of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare seems to suggest that the long-running first-person shooter series is slated to last forever. What began life as an intense-but-somewhat-pulpy WWII shooter has evolved into an amorphous amalgamation of shooting every conceivable kind of real-world badguy, from Nazis to terrorists to questionable portrayals of Eastern European and Latin American nationalists. Having exhausted all kinds of terrestrial villains, it's perhaps only logical that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will move the series into outer space.
Activision just released a launch trailer for Infinite Warfare, which will come out on Nov. 4 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The game takes place at an unspecified point in the future: far enough so that humanity has developed advanced sparefaring battleships and robotic allies, but near enough so that we still (appear to) inhabit Earth with modern-looking buildings and vehicles. The player will take control of a soldier fighting against an organization known as the Settlement Defense Front. Whatever faction the player represents, he or she will have a number of races and nationalities cooperating on his or her side.
UPDATE: During a livestream, some of the developers revealed a few more story details. Infinite Warfare takes place on Earth in the near-ish future, when climate change and resource scarcity have made the living situation on our blue planet extremely tenuous. Since he who controls the limited natural resources controls humanity, the Settlement Defense Front wants control of both the resources on Earth, and the solar system outposts that humanity has used to established a toehold in the cosmos.
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The big draw of the game appears to be the addition of starfighter combat. In addition to traditional ground-based shooting matches, Infinite Warfare will put players in the cockpit of a single-man space combat vehicle, with all the juking, blasting and comm chatter you'd expect from a Star Wars film. Indeed, there is a significant Star Wars feel to the whole trailer, from the dropships discharging invading soldiers to the capital ships disgorging starfighters as they vie for control of a desirable planet. There are even mechanical soldiers who appear to fight alongside their flesh-and-blood counterparts.
The base game will likely cost $60, while $80 will net you a "Legacy Edition" that also contains a remastered version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. (Fans online seem much more excited about this than they do about the new game, which may be telling.) For $100, you can get a Digital Deluxe Edition, which includes a Season Pass for downloadable content, and the Legacy Pro Edition at $120 adds in a steel game case, a soundtrack and a few more digital items.
Activision will continue to reveal more information about the game as the release date nears, but for now, it's safe to say that the Call of Duty franchise is not going anywhere, except to the stars.