At San Diego Comic-Con, Activision announces that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare pre-orders will come with a remake of the Terminal map from Modern Warfare 2.
With 12 main series games in total, the Call of Duty franchise has featured hundreds of different multiplayer maps. A handful of these maps even became popular enough to be remade for future Call of Duty games, like the many iterations of Nuketown, for instance. Another one of the franchise’s most popular maps, Terminal, has also been seen in multiple Call of Duty games, and now it’s been confirmed for the next entry in the series as well.
Activision made this announcement earlier today during the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare panel at San Diego Comic-Con. It also confirmed that the only way to get the Terminal map is by pre-ordering Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, though pre-ordering any version of the game will do.
Returning players that decide to pre-order Infinite Warfare will discover that Terminal is not quite the same as they remember. Instead of being set in an airport on Earth, the new Terminal is set on the moon, and features spaceships instead of airplanes. Despite this major aesthetic difference, the layout of the map should generally be the same, but we’ll have to see it in action to be sure.
By bringing back a beloved map like Terminal, it seems as though Activision is trying to appeal to Call of Duty veterans that may have lost interest in the franchise. Many fans seem to have lost interest thanks to the next game’s futuristic science-fiction setting, which has been blamed for Infinite Warfare‘s announcement trailer becoming one of the most disliked videos on YouTube. Those disgruntled fans may be swayed if Activision is able to appeal to them using nostalgia with the new Terminal map.
In fact, nostalgia seems to be the primary way Activision is trying to sell Infinite Warfare. For example, one of the first things announced for Infinite Warfare was the fact that special editions of the game came bundled with the highly anticipated Call of Duty 4 remaster, perhaps suggesting that Activision itself wasn’t confident that Infinite Warfare would sell on its own.
Regardless, Call of Duty enthusiasts that haven’t abandoned the series are sure to enjoy these throwbacks. Between Modern Warfare Remastered and the new version of Terminal, Infinite Warfare features plenty of nods to the series past – even if its full-blown sci-fi setting may seem nothing like classic Call of Duty.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be available on November 4, 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.