There are some rumblings about where the next Call of Duty will take place. NeoGAF’s Shinobi602 mentioned the next entry in the franchise would take place in the “very far future.” He went on to say it will feature “space combat” and be “full on sci-fi.”

Eurogamer backed up Shinobi and said they have independently heard similar things.

What we know about this year’s Call of Duty

We don’t have much to go on, but we do know a few things. First, Infinity Ward is handling this year’s game. After Black Ops III, Infinity Ward better be on top of things. Call of Duty: Ghosts was not that good. At least, it wasn’t of the quality we’ve come to expect from a Call of Duty game.

Look for the first reveal in May. It’s been happening for as long as I can remember. Activision gives us our first look in May and then a blowout in June.

A possible opening act for PlayStation’s E3 conference? The marketing partnership between Actvision and PlayStation continues this year. That means Sony’s platform will likely (almost certainly) get DLC first once again. “We’re looking forward to sharing exciting new details about the next great Call of Duty game in partnership with our friends at PlayStation,” reads a recent Activision blog. We’ve seen them open for Microsoft press conferences in the past. I expect to see a similar opening at PlayStation’s E3 conference.

How do you feel about a sci-fi Call of Duty?

My initial reaction was a more colorful version of ‘oh god.’ But the more I think about it, the more it doesn’t phase me. We’ve been entrenched in sci-fi for two years now. I mean, look at Advanced Warfare and Black Ops III. You could play as a robot with a Gatling gun for an arm. That’s not exactly a modern take on a shooter.

Call of Duty in space

Plus, we’ve seen space before in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Hell, it’s about the only thing I can remember.

While an even more sci-fi Call of Duty doesn’t surprise me, I wish Call of Duty would take a step back for one year. I’ve had my fill of jetpacks and thruster movement. Maybe I’m just getting older, but I miss the days of Modern Warfare. When it was just you, your gun and a handful of killstreaks.

Hey, maybe Activision will toss in the Modern Warfare games via backward compatibility with the next Call of Duty. That would be good enough for me. Give the subset of Call of Duty fans the old games they want to play while also keeping the newest game moving forward.

There is a positive with going full on sci-fi. Infinity Ward can experiment to their hearts content on both story and multiplayer. If we’re going sci-fi, I want Infinity Ward to go all in. Give us crazy-ass laser rifles, teleportation grenades and robot dogs. Give me all of it. I wish Activision would revisit the simpler times of war, but if they want sci-fi – go crazy with it.

A rumored sci-fi Call of Duty raises another interesting question. Will shooter fans get sci-fi shooter overload this year? Titanfall 2 is expected to also release later this year along with the next Battlefield 5. There have been rumors of Battlefield 5 being a more tactical shooter. One retail listing temporarily had it listed as a ‘multiplayer tactical shooter in WW1.’ Come on DICE, you’re our last hope for a more grounded shooter this year.

What do you think of the reports about Call of Duty? If Infinity Ward does decide to go full on sci-fi, at least shake up the Call of Duty formula a little bit. Give us a map editor. And bring back more fun game types such as ‘Sticks and Stones.’ Give me those two, and I’ll be interested. What do you want from the next Call of Duty?

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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