Activision believes it is never going to reach a point where it “just completely ignore finding authenticity” in Call of Duty. So much for fighting terrorists in space.
The Call of Duty franchise has taken us to World War 2, Vietnam and even the distant future, but space may be too much to ask. This is according to Black Ops 3 multiplayer director Dan Burting, who explored the possibility in a recent interview with Gamesradar.
"The way that we approach the creative on our game? I don't think we're ever going to reach a point where we just completely ignore finding authenticity", Bunting explained.
The director is confident that Call of Duty “needs to feel believable” in some way, dismissing the idea that previous titles such as Advanced Warfare can be considered science fiction since they are “rooted in reality.”
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Call of Duty has explored outer space before, but in a limited capacity. In 2013’s Call of Duty Ghosts the player briefly took on the role of an astronaut on an invaded space station.
Many of the traditional game mechanics were noticeable absent in this section however, so pivotal part of the gameplay formula may need to change for a space setting to be plausible.
“Grenades wouldn’t work exactly right”, said former Infinity Ward producer Mark Rubin. “Killstreaks wouldn’t work at all, you can’t have a helicopter in outer space, or a dog for that matter.”
Mark Rubin believes a Call of Duty set in space “makes sense” but wasn’t sure if such an idea would ever come to fruition.
We think bringing the popular shooter franchise into the realms of outer space could highlight too many comparisons to other titles such as Halo and Gear of War, as extraterrestrial life will inevitably be introduced.
Call of Duty already has giant laser guns and terminator-style robots though, so throwing spaceships into the mix probably wouldn’t hurt.
Coincidentally, in 2010 Activision trademarked a game known as Call of Duty: Space Warfare, but this was sadly abandoned in 2014.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is set to release on November 6 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.