Call of Duty: Black Ops is making its long-awaited debut on Xbox One. At least, that’s what the Xbox 360 dashboard is indicating (UPDATE: It’s up). Many of us have been waiting for this since it was first announced. And for Activision, it will be their first look at what Call of Duty fans really want.
On May 2, Activision gave us our first look at Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Excitement around the franchise was even higher this year as news of a Call of Duty 4 remaster broke ahead of the trailer. Then the trailer dropped. And the internet lashed out. Dislikes began trickling in at a higher rate than usual for a Call of Duty reveal trailer. That trickle soon became a dam bursting of disdain for the new trailer.
Today, the trailer sits at just over 2.3 million dislikes and nearly 376,000 likes. It stands as the second most disliked video on YouTube. The top one? Justin Bieber’s Baby.
Fans want ‘boots on the ground’
Activision and its Call of Duty developers radically changed the franchise’s formula with Advanced Warfare. Innovation of the franchise was laser focused on movement. Advanced Warfare added boosting and completely altered the way matches played out.
And I liked Advanced Warfare at first. It was something fresh and new. But after a month, I was done. The days of Call of Duty being my main shooter were over.
Thankfully, Treyarch toned down the movement in Black Ops III. It wasn’t completely ‘boots on the ground,’ but it was a solid compromise. Still, fans who long for the days of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and wanted to see an even greater shift back to the old movement. And evidently, a shift away from the futuristic setting.
Here comes Battlefield One
The ball was in EA and DICE’s court to take shooter fans back in time. Rumors suggested the Battlefield series was heading to World War 1. That alone had Battlefield fans pumped. The trailer was released, and fans were blown away by what they saw.
You would think a Star Wars trailer released. I know I watched it at least a dozen times. For those fatigued by the futuristic setting populating shooters these days, Battlefield One is hitting all the right notes.
DICE understands what their fans want. Large matches, crazy destruction and a grounded setting. Battlefield One checks all three. Plus, EA and DICE knew there was no reason to go futuristic. That’s what Titanfall 2 is for. Why compete with each other?
Activision is kind of in the same boat with Call of Duty and Destiny. Granted, Destiny isn’t seeing a new game this year. The point is, they already have a shooter in a futuristic setting. They don’t have to push Call of Duty further into the future. Maybe a reset isn’t such a bad idea. Take a trip back in World War 2 and build back into the modern setting. Make innovations through gameplay, not setting.
The futuristic setting is oversaturated. Titanfall, Destiny, Call of Duty, Halo and the list goes on. It doesn’t help Activision is tying the Call of Duty 4 remaster to an Infinite Warfare purchase. We’ll see how long that holds up.
Call of Duty fans say they want ‘boots on the ground’ and a break from the futuristic setting. For Xbox One owners, they can show Activision just that. It’ll be interesting to watch the player count (did Black Ops have that?). I know I’ll be dusting off my Xbox 360 disc and reliving the good ol’ days of Call of Duty.
As for Infinite Warfare? I get the hate, but I liked parts of the trailer. Then again, I’m a sucker for anything set in space that lets me fly. The ground fighting looked generic as hell, but flying a spaceship through the atmosphere and into space? I’m down.