The Call of Duty rumour mill has started afresh ahead of the next entries inevitable launch towards the end of 2016. So far, when it comes to location, all omens point to one place, far far away.
Yes, the blockbuster FPS could well be jetting off to space. It probably isn't going to be called Space Warfare, a copyright the company acquired and then dropped
, presumably after realising how silly it would sound.
I think this sounds great though. Call of Duty has been flirting with the future for a while now, slowly edging further and further from it's WW2 roots to the point where last year's Black Ops 3 had you taking out combat robots with homing grenades. If Call of Duty: Space (probably not a title any game will ever use) can take it further and have you flinging your way around space stations playing pew-pew with sci-fi guns and outlandish enemies, I think I'd be entirely on board.
Infinity Ward celebrated the New Year by talking about new heights and their celebratory image was an astronaut. That artwork is from Ghosts, Infinity Ward's last entry in the series, which also featured scenes set on a space station.
It's been on the cards for a while. Back in 2013 producer Mark Rubin, who's now departed the company, said "If we think that it'd be cool to have a battle over Jupiter, sure, why not?". I can't imagine it'd be the biggest change to the formula. It's still going to be Call of Duty: Duty Hard, and that's unlikely to ever change, but for those of us who quite enjoy that particular style of manshooting, finding out it's heading up to space could be excellent, especially with the production quality we've come to accept from Activision's mega-franchise.
I guess what I'm really saying is I love space, I remember when people used to actually play Shattered Horizon, and I want to go back to these days.
for sussing this one out.
What do you think? Would you play Call of Duty: Spacemen? Are you a fan that's turned off by the idea of space-fighting or even a naysayer who's tempted by the idea of low gravity thrills?