A Call of Duty live-action trailer has become a yearly tradition and this year's release of Infinite Warfare to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC is no different. Activision is taking a more topical approach and inviting fans to escape the troubles of 2016 by blasting into space with its latest shooter. The mega-publisher is even bringing Olympian Michael Phelps and actor Danny McBride along for the ride.
The "Screw it, Let's Go To Space" is directed by Peter Berg and opens with a running tally of satirical disappointing news such as "Canada Builds Wall," "Europe Leaves E.U.," and "More Election Insanity." This is, of course, a humorous spin on what has been a controversial year for Presidential election politics in the United States, Brexit, and other hair-pulling incidents from the past year. The day is saved when Jackal space planes land to take the uber-stressed off on a space adventure.
"If ever there was a year when people could use a break from the headlines for a little good old fashioned escapist entertainment, 2016 is it," said Tim Ellis, CMO, Activision. "'Screw It, Let's Go To Space' captures this feeling on a global scale and transports you into the epic gameplay and settings of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. It's a thrill ride like no other, and it's coming November 4th.""This is director Peter Berg's third collaboration with Call of Duty. "Screw It, Let's Go To Space" pokes fun at the seemingly unending string of contentious news events of 2016 and offers up Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare as a much-needed escape," the Activision press release explains. "From businessmen to newscasters to delivery drivers to Michael Phelps and Danny McBride, everyone in the spot leaves their differences and stresses behind to blast off into space and let loose in an action-packed thrill ride of epic proportions."
This live-action launch trailer leads into the November 4 release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The $80 Legacy Edition and Digital Deluxe version of the game also comes with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. This is a complete remake of the original PS3 and Xbox 360 release. It will contain both the full single-player campaign and 10 of the multiplayer maps from the original version all remastered in 1080p and 60 frames per second (fps) with the current generation's bells and whistles for both graphics and audio. The remaining six maps will be released as free DLC before the end of the year, as previously covered by Inquisitr.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will include the single-player campaign from Infinity Ward that introduces space combat for the first time in the series. The campaign takes place in a "plausible future" with players in the role of Captain Reyes, a Tier 1 Special Operation pilot. Events force him to take command of the Retribution, one Earth's last remaining warships, to lead the remnants of the planet's forces against the Settlement Defense Front (SDF).
The SDF is led by Admiral Salen Kotch, played by Game of Thrones' Kit Harington. UFC Fighter Conor McGregor also makes an appearance as one of Kotch's henchmen while F1 racing star Lewis Hamilton will be a good guy in one of the side missions available.
Multiplayer returns with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, of course. Old favorites like Kill Confirmed and Team Deathmatch return along with a new Defender mode and more. There's also Combat Rigs to customize your multiplayer character and multiplayer missions with rewards for fans to earn.
Meanwhile, Infinity Ward introduces its spin on the popular Zombies mode by going back to the 80s with David Hasselhoff and Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman).
Zombies in Spaceland features four aspiring actors who head to a movie audition hosted by director Willard Wyler, played by Reubens. Wyler transforms them into characters based on 80s archetypes, including the jock from The Breakfast Club, the nerd from Revenge of the Nerds, the Run DMC-like rapper, and the valley girl from Valley Girl. He transports them into one of his own horror films set in a space-themed amusement park from the 80s.
The four characters will have some help in the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare zombie apocalypse. The Hoff plays a mysterious DJ in the theme park who will provide assistance to players as they attempt to survive.
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