While early iterations of the Call of Duty series have taken place in historical or modern settings, the most recent chapters have progressed into the territory of near-future science fiction. Now Infinity Ward is going full space opera with the upcoming Infinite Warfare. With interplanetary missions, robot sidekicks, and starship battles, this promises to be a unique chapter for Call of Duty, though perhaps not video games in general.
It was previously revealed that everyone's favorite Lord Commander, Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) would be lending his voice and mo-cap performance in the the role of Infinite Warfare's villain. Details about the plot have revealed that Harington's rebel faction, the Settlement Defense Force, are fighting to defend their Martian colony's autonomy from further settlements by a resource-dry Earth.
Infinity Ward has now released a brand new story trailer (see above), which finally gives us a look at Harington's digital persona in action. While his position as a freedom fighter may have made his role seem a bit more grey than we're used to in the series, his aggression in this trailer towards every human occupied planet in the solar system certainly seems textbook villain.
Featuring such exchanges as -"The Captain's place is on the bridge." "Not this Captain. Not today." - Infinite Warfare's trailer promises to follow a fine tradition of space commanders whose roles know no bounds. Protagonist Captain Nick Reyes' (Brian Bloom) autonomy and initiative will follow the greats (Kirk, Adama, Shepherd), allowing for plenty of gameplay diversity. The game's non-linear storyline will also allow for multiple side quests, with classic ground and space battles coming into play. The player's capital starship will act as a central hub between missions.
Despite a backdrop that's been used in many games prior, controversially diverging from Call of Duty's roots, Infinite Warfare has certainly pushed for a vision of the future that feels both unique and distinctly Call of Duty. The threats are human and political and the set pieces are epic in nature. Whether or not this serves as a new benchmark for the series or simply acts an oddity in its eventual canon, this is definitely a chapter to watch.
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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare releases on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 4, 2016.
Source: Infinity Ward