The reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare leaks early, and showcases some new gameplay mechanics, a new setting, and the title's release date.
It's usually around this time each year when Activision announces the new Call of Duty game, but the details are generally kept under wraps, prompting much fan speculation over what may be in store. Gamers won't have to ponder any longer though, as the new Call of Duty reveal trailer has been leaked ahead of time, and it confirms what we've all been speculating for the past week: the new game will be called Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Set to a hard-hitting cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity, the leaked Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer is a 48 second showcase for a brand new space setting, new gameplay mechanics, and the game's release date. The trailer begins with a montage of the Earth being attacked by an unknown force, and soldiers being overwhelmed by an unseen enemy.
As the trailer edges to the halfway point, we see soldiers jet off into space, and the battle shifts from Earth to satellites and battle stations. In addition to the usual Call of Duty gunplay, it appears that the space setting offers up some new gameplay mechanics, as soldiers are having to traverse and battle their way from space station to space station. As everything builds to a bullet and explosion-filled climax, the trailer ends with the reveal of Infinite Warfare's release date: November 4, 2016.
For those wanting a glimpse of Infinite Warfare's space setting and gameplay, check out the leaked trailer here.
This space setting is new territory for the franchise, and it confirms the earlier rumor of the new Call of Duty being set in the "very far future". While a developer had previously stated that Call of Duty will probably never go to space, it does make some sense that Infinity Ward would choose to go with this new direction.
Seeing as how the last Call of Duty game developed by Infinity Ward was the disappointing Call of Duty: Ghosts, the development team probably wasn't too keen on revisiting that particular storyline. Given that Black Ops 3 and Advanced Warfare were both massive hits, and are both set in the future, Activision are undoubtedly banking on Infinite Warfare to replicate some of its previous successes.
With Infinite Warfare is sticking to a futuristic setting rather than the historical setting we expected, it will be interesting to see how the addition of space will shake the usual Call of Duty formula. Regardless of how Infinite Warfare turns out, the game will probably still be one of 2016's best selling games.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is scheduled for launch on November 4, 2016. No supported platforms have been revealed yet.