When the rumors of a space setting began, a backlash started brewing. Then Activision and Infinity Ward revealed the first trailer for “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” yesterday and subsequently all hell has broken loose.
The announcement of the latest entry in the popular game franchise has been met with a not so stellar reception. The trailer has racked up 5.3 million views after debuting yesterday and has drawn a near equal amount of downvotes (148,000) as upvotes (142,000). It’s enough that Infinity Ward’s design director Jacob Minkoff has had to defend the game:
“The approach that we’ve been taking with this game… the inspirations don’t come from sci-fi or space in any way… The inspirations come from war stories. This is Call of Duty. We are talking about warfare and in this case Infinite Warfare… what we feel is that classically told narratives can take place in any setting.”
Fans aren’t the only ones calling them out either. DICE, the developers of the “Battlefield” video game series, are set to announce a new title in that series later this week for launch likely late in 2016. Before they do that, reps for the company have been using social media to blast the “Infinite Warfare” trailer which launches this November.
In a deleted tweet (via Geek.com), DICE Video & Media Editor Roland Smedberg said: “Today I watched the new COD trailer. How quaint! Those cute little free-cam shots, precious 2010 graphics and grade school editing! Quaint!”. He then went on to criticise the game for its “ugly use of depth-of-field” and “dull lighting”, though offered faint praise with “all in all not a bad looking game”.
He went on to hype up the “Battlefield 5” trailer which will launch later this week, a trailer that DICE dev Randy Evans worked on. Evans also chimed in on the ‘Infinite Warfare’ trailer saying: “looks like a game from 10 years ago.”
“Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” is due out on November 4th for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. The next “Battlefield” title, date and announcement trailer are to be revealed this Friday.