Activision's yearly franchise behemoth Call of Duty has a new installment due in November, and a swanky new reveal trailer to go with the news. However even in something as simple as a three and a half minute snippet of campaign footage viewers have found something which tweaks their collective noses.
Call of Duty as a franchise has rarely explored new ground, instead relying on a tried and tested formula for the multiplayer and a focussed, linear and short campaign for single players. For CoD: Infinite Warfare however things take a turn to the futuristic by including space first-person combat and perhaps even dogfighting, taking it away from being grounded in near-future reality and into territory normally reserved for science fiction. Already there are accusations that CoD is being turned into an unholy mix of Battlefield and Halo - unholy, that is, to staunch CoD fans.
There is another aspect which has drawn somewhat unexpected ire however. Now confirmed is a remaster of 2007 classic Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, including campaign mode and 10 multiplayer maps, footage of which can be seen at the end of the trailer. The remaster will significantly improve texture quality and in-game visual effects thanks to the use of the latest iteration of the IW game engine, but shouldn't see changes to the core gameplay experience. In theory this should be a wildly popular announcement, but unfortunately Modern Warfare Remastered will not be available as a stand-alone product, instead coming bundled with selected versions of Infinite Warfare.
A further fly in the ointment is the price of the versions that bundle Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare remastered. So far only US console pricing has been released, but they start from $79.99 for the 'CoD: IW - Legacy' version, with an additional $40 tacked for a DLC Season Pass if desired. That's a bitter pill to swallow if you're a fan the franchise, but are at all tight on funds.
Of course, it may be that the backlash is being stoked by rival fans of the Battlefield franchise, who have a major announcement of their own to look forward to this Friday. For more information on CoD: Infinite Warfare visit the Official Website. The game is due to be released this November on PC, PS4 and XBOX One.
SOURCE: Call Of Duty Official Website.