Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a Mistake, Activision Needs to Re-Evaluate

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The reveal of Call of Duty Infinite Warfare earlier this month was mixed. Not only does the trailer for the upcoming shooter currently reside in the top 10 disliked videos on YouTube, people are more excited about the Modern Warfare remaster that will ship ith the game this October.

The criticism shown for Infinity Ward’s latest offering continues a trend we’ve seen over the past number of years, where the community complains of rehashed graphics, similar gameplay and a heavy emphasis on the use of microtransactions. The hate has hit a boiling point and comes as a very strong indicator to Activision that something in the series has to change.

The reveal of Battlefield 1 earlier this week certainly didn’t help the cause, with many applauding DICE and Electronic Arts for their ballsy move bringing the series back to the First World War. That move is exactly what Call of Duty fans have been itching for, a return to the past, yet Activision has failed to deliver that over the past number of years.

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Yet again we see the series trust into the future, where advanced weaponry and spaceships take center stage.The release of Call of Duty: Ghosts began a precedent, where games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Black Ops 3 fed off and onwards to Infinite Warfare.

On paper, it doesn’t look good for Call of Duty from a creative standpoint, with their market performance always up to scratch, but recent events could be enough of an eye-opener for Activision to re-evaluate their position in the first-person shooter genre.The publisher can almost use Battlefield 1 as a guinea pig, see how the gaming community welcomes a drastic change from modern/futuristic war to a more stripped back era.

The publisher can almost use Battlefield 1 as a guinea pig, see how the gaming community welcomes a drastic change from modern/futuristic war to a more stripped back era. Needless to say, change needs to happen and Activision needs to start thinking about bringing back the boots-to-ground gameplay that made the Modern Warfare series so popular.

The first step to regaining that trust is listening to what the community want, give them something void of robots, lasers, and spaceships, just don’t be lazy and throw in a remaster.

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