Infinity Ward has confirmed that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will only be released for the current generation of consoles and on PC, after being asked by fans on Twitter.
More than two years into the current console generation, we’re still seeing some major releases straddle both sets of consoles — but it’s clear that time is almost up for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. This year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will only be released for current generation hardware.
Asked by a fan on Twitter in the wake of yesterday’s big reveal, Infinity Ward confirmed that the game is not being developed for the PlayStation 3. While there’s no specific confirmation that the Xbox 360 is also being left in the cold, neither console has been mentioned in any marketing materials released so far.
This news shouldn’t be too surprising to fans of the Call of Duty series. Last year’s instalment — the well-received Black Ops III, developed by Treyarch — did see an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 release, but that version of the game didn’t include its campaign mode.
It remains to be seen whether the bundled Modern Warfare Remastered will make its way to older consoles. At present, Activision is maintaining that the game won’t be sold separately to Infinite Warfare, but that could perhaps change if there’s an audience hungry for the port.
However, the re-release might be part of the reason that Infinite Warfare isn’t making its way to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Given that both games would need to be ported, it’s likely that enough of the franchise’s player base has upgraded to the current generation of consoles that catering to holdouts wouldn’t pay off.
While there are still releases scheduled for the previous generation of consoles, this news does demonstrate that they’re on their last legs. Once massive franchises like Call of Duty have abandoned the platform, there’s really nothing much that can be done to delay the inevitable.
Given the enduring rumors surrounding Sony’s PS4K project, and the likelihood that Microsoft is working on a similar hardware update, it makes a lot of sense for yesterday’s consoles to fade into the background. Given that the current generation of hardware is now firmly established, their time is almost up.
Now, Call of Duty fans who are yet to make the jump are being faced with a difficult decision — is better to upgrade this year to play Infinite Warfare on release, or wait until any hardware revisions have been released to get the most up-to-date console? For now, it’s perhaps worth waiting to see what’s announced at E3.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 4, 2016.