The minds behind Call of Duty: Ghosts blew the doors off when the first official story trailer took traditional modern combat into space, so they’ll forgive us if high-octane action on Earth isn’t as impressive as it once was.
Even so, Infinity Ward has turned to some major action set-pieces and cinematic moments for the brand new Ghosts launch trailer – with the added backup of both Eminem and dogs. How successful are they at exciting their fans? You tell us.
Despite the fact that the trailer leaked over the weekend (stop us if you’ve heard that before), the true marketing genius of Activision and the entire Call of Duty team is impossible to overlook. Not only has the former king of video game sales (a title the publisher hopes to reclaim from GTAV) partnered with Eminem as he makes his own glorious return – a move he’s reciprocated – but the space-based action scenes can’t help but invoke the terrifying brilliance of director Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity – currently sitting atop the box office. That right there is synergy you can’t buy.
In the incredibly unlikely case that the chance to travel from the depths of the ocean to the vacuum of space – and through the entire crumbling society between it – did we mention you’ll have a dog to do it with? Infinity Ward has been focusing on Riley, the German Shepard member of the main characters’ team heavily since the game was first unveiled, and they show no signs of stopping.
This trailer shows that it won’t just be enemy combatants that will be threatening Riley’s family, but we’ll leave discussion over how significant the scene in question really is to the fans. Having seen a bit more of Ghosts‘ campaign, it’s becoming clearer what the studio meant when team member’s explained that their top priority was “fun, not innovation.”
There were other reasons that the CoD series isn’t constantly reinventing itself, of course, but this footage shows that even if the building blocks and core gameplay remain the same, the storytellers haven’t run out of ideas just yet.
What do you think of the launch trailer? Are you going into the game with hopes for the singleplayer, or do the new multiplayer modes have more of your attention? Then again, it might just be interesting to see the apocalyptic story that the developers maintain is based on real science.
Call of Duty: Ghosts releases November 5, 2013 for the PC, PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360. The PS4 version will follow on November 15 and the Xbox One version on November 22.
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