During the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare reveal livestream, developer Infinity Ward confirms that Infinite Warfare will not have any alien enemies whatsoever.
From the looks of it, it appears as though Call of Duty fans are in for a very different experience when Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare releases later this year. The game is a full-blown science-fiction adventure complete with robotic combat suits, massive spaceships, and battles that span across the galaxy. It seems like the obvious enemy type for this kind of game would be alien creatures, but Infinity Ward has confirmed that there will be no aliens in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
This information came from the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare livestream, where Infinity Ward explained that players will still be fighting other humans in Infinite Warfare and not alien beings in an attempt to keep the game a "grounded experience."
It seems like the massive spaceships and shootouts on other planets already keep Infinite Warfare from being a "grounded experience," but Infinity Ward apparently disagrees with that sentiment. As the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer revealed, players will be battling a specific faction of deadly human enemies as they've been doing in virtually every other Call of Duty game to date, so it is by and large the same Call of Duty plot framework, regardless of the heavy science-fiction elements that have been added to the mix.
What's somewhat odd about this is that the last Call of Duty game released by Infinity Ward actually did have aliens, and far less sci-fi elements to justify their inclusion. Those aliens appeared in Call of Duty: Ghosts' Extinction Mode, which seemed like an attempt to mimic the success of Zombies in other Call of Duty games.
Since Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has a Zombies Mode, it appears as though Infinity Ward saw no need to bring aliens back for the new game. This may seem like an odd decision given Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's futuristic, outer-space setting, but at least Zombies will make sure players will have no shortage of paranormal creatures to kill in the new Call of Duty game.
Some fans may be surprised that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is avoiding extraterrestrial enemies, but it may be a good call in the long run. After all, the game has already been criticized for its futuristic setting, and the inclusion of aliens would have asked fans to suspend their disbelief even further. Time will tell if Infinite Warfare's choice to avoid alien enemies was the right call, but at this point, it doesn't seem like an outright terrible decision.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be available on November 4 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.