While the Call of Duty series has often been criticized for a lack of invention between main campaigns in the annual installments of the series, the so-called "zombie modes" typically packaged with each new game have come to be the place where the developers try out radical new aesthetics that increasingly eschew the gritty military-movie look the series is otherwise known for while adhering to the same time-tested gameplay. As a result, the zombie modes provide a greater variety of content and a reason for lapsed fans (or even non-fans) to take a second look at the FPS stalwart.
Revealed today, this year's model (attached to COD: Infinite Warfare) promises to be the most unusual yet.
Set in a heavily nostalgia-saturated version of the mid-1980s and featuring an appropriately garish color scheme along with a celebrity cameo by Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff, COD's most recent undead shoot-em-up bonus game is titled Zombies In Spaceland.
Per the developer's official press release:
Immersing players in an all-new 1980s setting with a most excellent soundtrack from the era, Zombies in Spaceland transports fans into an original, action-packed storyline where they’ll fight as one of four classic ‘80s characters, and battle the living dead in a space-themed amusement park full of deadly zombies, fun attractions and much more.
Zombies in Spaceland tells the story of four aspiring actors who come upon a mysterious movie theater for an audition. They’ve been invited by director Willard Wyler, portrayed with voice and likeness by Paul Reubens (Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Gotham), who was once the shining star of the horror genre. Unbeknownst to the actors, they will be transformed into characters and transported straight into Wyler’s film to fight against waves of zombies in a space-themed amusement park set in the ‘80s.
Seth Green, Jay Pharoah, Ike Barinholtz and Sasheer Zamata will lend their voices to the main player characters (framed as "nerd," "jock," "rapper" and "valley girl" archetypes). Meanwhile, Hasselhoff will appear as a mysterious park DJ who provides commentary (and possibly advice?) to the team. In addition to the colorfully-gruesome zombies, the world has clearly been designed with 80s nostalgia on the brain and a neon color scheme to match, along with vintage locales like old-school carnival rides and a classic arcade.
Zombies in Spaceland will be available as part of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, due for release on November 4, 2016. The game is also slated to include a much-anticipated HD remake of the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the game that (controversially) moved the series out of World War II settings and into a version of the ten-contemporary War on Terror.
Source: Call of Duty