This year’s Call of Duty has been off to a rocky start from the beginning. The reveal trailer is currently sitting at 11,000,000 views, 224,000 likes and a whopping, record setting, 719,000 dislikes. People are sick of the direction Call of Duty has been taking and they’re letting Activision know about it.
But just to add fuel to the fire, it’s been spotted in the reveal trailer that Infinity Ward used the same death animation in Infinite Warfare that was used in Call of Duty 4, a whopping 9 years ago. Call of Duty always caught flack for their graphics not being upgraded in years, but this is a new level of laziness.
To put it in perspective, Infinity Ward had 3 years to develop Infinite Warfare. They aren’t the team remastering Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, so they can’t use that as an excuse. This is honestly just some pretty poor showmanship on their part, and of course the community noticed.
It’s weird that they just keep digging holes for themselves. The community clearly wanted a WW1 or WW2 era game. They instead gave us space battles. It’s a vicious cycle that Activision has Call of Duty trapped in.
The only redeeming quality of this years Call of Duty release seems to be the Modern Warfare remaster, and even then, Activision have faced flak from the community by including it only with an upgraded tier of Infinite Warfare.
It’s worth mentioning that this isn’t the first time Infinity Ward has done this kind of thing. Call of Duty: Ghosts reused a cut-scene from Modern Warfare 2. Other games are also guilty of this, such as Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry series.
As of right now, it seems Battlefield may finally overtake Call of Duty in sales this year. And a big contributing factor to that is the general point of this article, which shows Call of Duty devs have become lazy and are relying on the franchise name to sell the game rather than quality of the product, and when that happens, it’s time to put our foot down.