The next Call of Duty coming in 2016 is being developed by Infinity Ward, the studio that started the franchise more than a decade ago. Activision has not made any official announcements yet, but various leaks have revealed an Infinite Warfare subtitle along with a Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare remake for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Activision is expected to announce the new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare next Tuesday, May 3, per a leaked retailer marketing document obtained by game critic Jim Sterling and shared via Twitter.
The entire leak kerfuffle started with a PlayStation 4 user discovering a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare listing in the PlayStation Store and sharing the image via Reddit. The listing was quickly removed by Sony, but the damage was done at that point, and new leaks began flowing like water through a cracked dam.
Charlie Intel received an image from a source for a Target pre-order card showing a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition.
The image shared displays the text, “Also includes Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.”
Activision appears to be dropping the “4” off the Call of Duty title for the remaster, but a release date of November 4, 2016, is displayed along with a soldier in shadows holding a futuristic helmet. The date is in line with the traditional release period for games in the franchise.
The website dedicated to all things Call of Duty received additional leaked images containing a hi-res logo for Infinite Warfare along with a poster for what appears to be the standard edition of the game with the same November 4 release date.
Developer Infinity Ward and the rest of the team behind Call of Duty are fully aware of all the leaks at this point and are having fun with fans on Twitter with sly posts confirming the rumors.
The Infinity Ward Twitter account posted a succinct “Stay frosty” as the leaks picked up steam Wednesday. This is, of course, a well-known phrase borrowed from the movie Aliens and used in the original Modern Warfare and its two sequels.
The official Call of Duty Twitter account took things a step further when it replied to a fan using a poop emoji to confirm Modern Warfare remaster.
Without any official announcement or reveal by Activision or Infinity Ward, it is safe to assume that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered are indeed happening. Fans are already familiar with the latter, so it is now a question of what direction the developer is taking the new entry in the first-person series.
Current rumors suggest Infinite Warfare will take place in the far future versus the near future settings of recent releases such as Black Ops 3 and Advanced Warfare. Noted NeoGAF leaker Shinobi602 and gaming website Eurogamer both reported the series will embrace a science-fiction theme with warring factions battling it out in space and on spaceships. Shinobi also claimed the game will feature a “central hub area that’s a form of living space station. Think the Battlestar Galactica loading bay.”
It’s unknown if Infinite Warfare will be set in the same universe as Infinity Ward’s last effort, Ghosts. Still, it will be interesting to see how fans react to the developer’s newest entry after the poor reception of Ghosts. The studio had to deal with multiple issues at the time of release that obviously hampered the development of the game. Studio co-founders Vince Zampella and Jason West left along with a portion of the development talent, which included a nasty legal battle with Activision. At the same time, Infinity Ward also had to deal with the console transition from the PS3 and Xbox 360 to PS4 and Xbox One plus developing for two console generations. It was a recipe that resulted in one of the worst reviewed and received games in franchise history.
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