Call of Duty

Ok, I’ll say it… I’m actually kinda excited for Call of Duty WWII. If you missed the trailer, you can view it here.

I know, I know… a lot of players feel like the last few COD games jumped the shark with the addition of jet packs and space combat and the move away from clan based warfare and grouping. Battlefield 1 got a huge influx of new players and boost to the franchise due to the COD issues that most die-hard players couldn’t put up with any longer. I admit, I’m one of them.

COD is going back to its roots… if you were lucky enough to catch the XBOX Twitch worldwide reveal with Sledgehammer Games today you saw a lot about the campaign and about 3 seconds of multiplayer.

The campaign looks great – it’s polished and seems to be historically accurate, things that most COD players are extremely excited about. It features Josh Duhamel, Jeffrey Pierce and Jonathan Tucker as the main characters in the game and it seemed like these guys really enjoyed taking part in the game.

 

The campaign puts you in the role of Pvt. Ronald “Red” Daniels, a green recruit joining the US “Bloody First” infantry division with his friend, Pvt. Zussman. The game takes place between 1944 and 1945, specifically in Europe surrounding the events before and after you storm the beach at Normandy on D-Day. In addition to this major historical event you’ll also take place in other central battles of the war effort including the Battle of the Bulge. To lend to the historical accuracy, Sledgehammer games enlisted the help of historian Marty Morgan. Mr. Morgan is a renowned WWII historian who was said to have “devoted his life” over the least 2 year to capturing the essence of WWII for this game.

While we only got to see a quick snippet of the multiplayer (no lie, it was like 3 seconds) it will be available to play at E3. I’m excited to get my hands on it! They did reveal there will be a new MP mode called Divisions, where players will be able to take part in different parts of the army and war while recreating integral battle from this time period and focuses primarily on team based objectives. They are also adding an HQ feature which will be the social community hub for players. My guess is it will resemble what Ubisoft did in The Division.

There will also be a beta for the MP if you preorder the game – and according to this PlayStation post, users on PS4 will get access first. (happy dance)

Zombie co-op is back, too – this will center around the Third Reich’s failed attempts to experiment on soldiers, no doubt.

Call of Duty WWII will be available on XBOX One, PS4 and PC November 3, 2017.

So… as of this quick blog post Activision’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer on YouTube is already over 1.2M dislikes… DAMN. I can honestly say I personally ma a COD fan but have groaned and bitched about the new sci-fi turn the series has taken. Will I try out the new game? Of course. Will I clan-up and play it as much as I have in the past. Probably not. Will I play the shit out of Battlefield 1? Probably – especially if the game is as epically awesome as it promises.

I really think that Activision needs to do what EA/Dice did and go back to its roots… or else this upcoming release is going to be their most epic fail to date.

There’s been MAJOR backlash about the upcoming Activision 11/4/16 release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Activision posted the new launch trailer to YouTube this past Monday and at the time of this posting it had already 454k dislikes by viewers. This is mostly due to the die hard COD fans who want to see more realistic fighting in their games vs. sci-fi space war, which the franchise has spiraled into, first starting with the seemingly innocuous jet-pack in AW. Since then there has been a huge push for sci-fi-esque powers and enhancements and now in the upcoming IW title there will be space battles. Space. Battles. We’ll just leave that right there.

There is another reason for all of the hatred towards Activision and this new COD title. Many gamers feel that the decision to release COD: Modern Warfare Remastered bundled with the IW game release is a shitty move and a purely profit driven. Activision has been upfront and said it will not sell MW Remastered separately.

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg was asked about the negative reaction to the trailer during Activision’s first quarter 2016 earnings call – here’s his response:

“First of all you got to love the passion of gamers, this is an industry like no other, and a fan base like no other and we love that our fans treat this franchise like it’s their own and have such strong points of view about it. There just aren’t many entertainment franchises on Earth that can generate the kind of passion that Call of Duty can and that’s a good thing. Secondly, of course, we know that there are people in our community who are nostalgic for the boots on the ground style gameplay, and that’s why we made Modern Warfare Remastered. But we also have millions of people in our community who want to have new innovative experiences in the game each year and Infinite Warfare is going to deliver that. And the good news is this year we found a way to deliver both in one package while keeping our community together and while of course we see the passionate opinions online, we also look at other measurements, and the fact is while it’s very early, preorders are off to a very strong start.”
He later stated: “The franchise has never been stronger. We have more people playing Black Ops III, a game that takes place in the future with boost jumps and fictitious weapons and all the rest than any game in our history. So what we know for sure is that if we always just did what worked in the past and never took any creative risks, we wouldn’t have a franchise. The day to worry is the day we stopped trying new things.”
Obviously this conversation will continue to heat up as it gets closer to E3 and the release date – what are your thoughts?

Activision has officially trademarked ‘Call of Duty Infinite Warfare’, which all but confirms the name of this year’s Call of Duty game.

Two trademarks for the unannounced game were filed with the trademark office this week. One trademark was for ‘Call of Duty Infinite Warfare’, and the ither was for ‘Infinite Warfare’.

Activision hasn’t formally announced this title buy we expect confirmation of this Nov. 2016 release very soon. Stay tuned!

– Maverick Gamers Staff

Amazon UK has posted a listing for Call of Duty Modern Warfare Trilogy – presumably this will be available on PS4 and Xbox One. Unfortunately the listing was quickly removed, which now begs the question: was that even a real thing?!

We think it was… Especially since Activision is expected to officially reveal the next Call of Duty title before next Tuesday. Stay tuned!