Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s reveal trailer joins YouTube’s top 10 hall of shame
Last week saw two huge shooter reveals as both DICE’s Battlefield 1 and and Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare were officially announced. While reaction to the reveals has, as one would expect, caused one hell of a buzz among shooter fans and the media alike, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare publisher Activision likely isn’t too thrilled with the harsh reception of the latest entry in their long-running shooter series.
In the week since the game’s trailer went live on the official Call of Duty YouTube account, the trailer has joined the infamous ranks of the video sharing site’s 10 most down-voted videos. The trailer finds itself sandwiched in-between such steaming piles of celluloid as Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, and Rick Perry’s 2012 “Strong” campaign ad.
One thing’s for sure: Activision certainly noticed the sci-fi shooter’s chilly reception, and seem to be taking fans’ concerns in stride.
“First of all you got to love the passion of gamers,”Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg responded during a quarterly earnings call on May 6. “This is an industry like no other, and a fan base like no other and we love that our fans treat this franchise like it’s their own and have such strong points of view about it. There just aren’t many entertainment franchises on Earth that can generate the kind of passion that Call of Duty can and that’s a good thing.”
Funny enough, one of the biggest sticking points with the title doesn’t even seem to be direclty related to the quality of Infinite Warfare itself, but rather Activision’s decision to only make the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 exclusive to those who purchase a special edition version of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, rather than a standalone title that can be purchased separately. Considering the game is being included as a digital code, rather than a physical release, it’s not especially hard to understand their frustration.
Other fans were unimpressed with the game’s sci-fi direction, which has players battling a terrorist group dubbed the militant Settlement Defense Force in various off-world settings rather than the series’ traditional earthly setting. Hirschberg is aware of the pushback to the new direction, but seems convinced longtime fans of the series will be happy with the final product when it releases this fall.
“Of course we know that there are people in our community who are nostalgic for the boots-on-the-ground-style gameplay, and that’s why we made Modern Warfare Remastered,” Hirshberg said. “But we also have millions of people in our community who want to have new innovative experiences in the game each year and Infinite Warfare is going to deliver that. And the good news is this year we found a way to deliver both in one package while keeping our community together.”
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is slated to release on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on November 4.
So, what did you think of the game’s reveal trailer last week? Do you plan on picking the game up when this November, or is the sci-fi setting not for you? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.