In defence of Infinity Ward

As of writing this this article, the reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on Call of Duty’s official YouTube Channel is sitting at a hefty 2.8M dislikes. That makes it the second most disliked video on YouTube, behind the one and only ‘Baby’ by Justin Bieber. Damn. Although many of these dislikes will come from people hopping on the bandwagon, trying to make this the most disliked video on YouTube, Other people will dislike it just because it is CoD, and that’s fair enough. However there are people who are genuinely upset that the new game is seeing players head further into the future, instead of boots on the ground. How could have IW screwed up this badly? Well not everything  is apparent as it seems…

Rewind back to 2013, CoD Ghosts was attempting to pave the way for CoD on the next generation of consoles. Unfortunately, It just wasn’t very good, especially after the phenomenal Black Ops 2. Ghosts’ failure wasn’t completely down to incompetence, half of Infinity Ward left to from Respawn Entertainment (The creators of Titanfall). Due to this, Sledgehammer games was brought in to help. They did what they could.

In February 2014, there was a huge announcement. No longer would Infinity Ward and Treyarch take turns with the two year cycle, instead, Sledgehammer has joined the fray, allowing for each developer to have three years. The two games since then? Advanced Warfare and Black Ops 3. Notice a common factor between those two games? They both had advanced movement, and weren’t boots on the ground. People enjoyed Advanced Warfare for a bit, until they complained, as CoD fans do. Black Ops 3 remedied the issue, fans were happy, for a  bit.

Just before the announcement of Infinite Warfare, people suddenly demanded boots on the ground. Infinite Warfare is revealed – It’s in space. Whoops. People are angry, and perhaps rightfully so, they’re getting a game they didn’t ask for.

But please, tell me: At what point did Infinity Ward have time to take in the feedback?

They didn’t. Infinite Warfare was created based on the knowledge that fans still liked the advanced movement system. Fans like me. It’d be impossible now for Infinity Ward to change up mechanics in the game, so people will be disappointed. At least you have CoD 4 Remastered to look forward to…

Will I be buying Infinite Warfare? Probably not. I am seeking a change of pace with Battlefield One this year. If neither Infinite Warfare nor Battlefield One (or even Titanfall) does not suit your tastes, you can always wait until next year, when I’m sure Sledgehammer will have heard your cries. And if not, no doubt I’ll be here this time next year, making a slightly angrier article



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