Sci-fi Call of Duty rumors resurface

Gamasutra columnist Chris Morris cites industry sources as saying Sledgehammer-developed game will feature "space marines."

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Source: A Gamasutra column by Chris Morris.

What we heard: Back in May, Activision registered a series of domain names that pointed to a sci-fi spin-off of the Call of Duty series. They included callofdutyfuturewarfare.com, advancedwarfare.com, spacewarfare2.com, and several other URLs that pointed toward a Battlefield 2142-style future-war spin-off of the series.

Two months prior, Activision announced that newly founded studio Sledgehammer Games would be "extending the series into the action-adventure genre." Though many assumed that the nascent studio was working on a third-person spin-off of the first-person shooter series, a job listing confirmed that the studio was indeed working on an FPS.

Is the Call of Duty series boldly going where many shooters have gone before?

Now comes word that Sledgehammer's "action-adventure" Call of Duty game may catapult the series into the future. In a column today, Gamasutra's Chris Morris said that the sci-fi Call of Duty and Sledgehammer's installment in the series are one and the same.

"Industry sources say Sledgehammer's Call of Duty will be set in the future and feature, for lack of a better term, space marines, a very big step for a franchise that has historically based itself on realism," he said.

The official story: Activision reps had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Probably not bogus. Morris is a veteran game journalist with myriad contacts in the industry. Also, with Modern Warfare 2 abandoning realism in terms of storyline--with Russia mounting a full-on invasion of the US--the series' contemporary setting may be the next thing to fall by the wayside. And hey, Black Ops' SR-71 Blackbird level (pictured) is near-space, isn't it?

Discussion

534 comments
Ultimate39
Ultimate39

Reminds me of "Call of Duty: Its the Moon" from Game Infarcer.

saltyplatapus
saltyplatapus

I would love some COD style gameplay in a futuristic/space environment. The halo thing has gotten old for me

Neo-ganon
Neo-ganon

I think a sci-fi cod could be done right. My only concern is that people would accuse it of being a halo rip-off. If they can give us the same kinda experience as battlefield 2142 (a feasible future/space setting with a feasible war scenario) without aliens, I'll check it out. btw, the only way i can see aliens being involved is if they use the aliens that made the WaW ray gun as a plot device, but they made it like Total Recall were the aliens are already extinct but left behind traces of their civilization (the ray guns and stuff)

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

I think i'm done with call of duty after investing a good 10 days in each of the last 4, unless they do something radically different i'm going to move on.

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

@jixhedgehog You do know that MW3 is already announced for the end of the year and its been heavily implied that that is exactly what it's about right?

JixHedgehog
JixHedgehog

I'm still holding out for MW3.. they never caught Makarav and we never found out where they escaped to at the end :(

andreiredis
andreiredis

I'm excited about sci-fi call of duty.My dream is to shred aliens with laser shotguns.And yeah, and orbital laser canon would be cool.I hope they don't screw this one up.I personally hate all treyarch made COD.The rest are awesome (including Modern Warfare 2).

555671ari
555671ari

@dinosaur-123 it won't be anything like halo! they're not ging to put aliens in it, that wouldn't be call of duty at all. i reckon it'll be humans vs humans fighting over territory or resources, same as usual but in the future.

Ike55
Ike55

I'm excited! When's the last time you'be seen a grenade launcher in space?

developer12
developer12

@killzonexbox This franchise was ruined a long time ago. Personally though, i think this is a good choice, and it might be the first call of duty game since COD4 that i actually like. But if they dont have an orbital laser cannon as a killstreak then i will brutally murder everyone who had even the least bit to do with the creation of this game.

feral_warrior
feral_warrior

Personally I'm both excited and skeptical about this. Firstly it's a great idea and while done before in other games I think it's a brave new approach. On the other hand though CoD was never really made, originally, as a Sci-Fi game in the first place. I would say I would have to play it first to know for sure but personally I would probably call it something else as opposed to making it part of the Call of Duty series. Then again...it could be interesting and fun.

wasdf111
wasdf111

I like games that dont feel restricted by historical accuracy and dont arise any problems. (Nazi zombies in germany) (airport scene in Russia) (playing as the taliban forces) Also now when someone says colblooded is unrealistic I say "hell its the future!" And we get to see new guns instead of the M16 and the M4 and the FAMAS and must i name them? Ooh and new killstreaks instead of having to be somewhat real it can crazy! Boy am i excited!

Axe_Bot
Axe_Bot

"Oh! Oh! I know, I know! What if, what if, we took Call of Duty... and combined it with Halo!" "BRILLIANT! GIVE THAT MAN A RAISE!"

Ckl254
Ckl254

CoD Game With Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Arnold Schwarzenegger. ~Insta-Kill~

abdulwhed
abdulwhed

A bad idea if Astmro on the sequence of the story and Gero few games in the system will earn many. and i think it sounds stupid like what (jgracingfan09) siad

abdulwhed
abdulwhed

A bad idea if Astmro on the sequence of the story and Gero few games in the system will earn many. and i think it sounds stupid like what (jgracingfan09) siad

baza66
baza66

I, for one, am looking forward to a Sci-Fi adaptation of the Call of Duty series. I think this will go over well and could be the biggest seller of them all. Can't wait!!

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Why not just make a Black Ops II, I thought Black Ops story was fun why not just make a sequel? Why not just keep to the historical fiction formula, I loved seeing JFK, Macnamara, Castro and Nixon fighting zombies, why not do a COD game that takes place in the 80's were you see historical figures like Reagon, Kissinger, Gorbachov, and Margaret thatcher fighting zombies? With the SciFi space marine game, it's been done too many times, Halo, GOW, Turok, Doom series,Mass Effect, AvP, lost plant etc.

kobyjordan7
kobyjordan7

Thumbs up if you dislike stupid people!

kobyjordan7
kobyjordan7

@Skull-Fire: O.K. stupid... Activision stole from Halo with theater, customization, and other stuff from Halo and did I say, "Activision, steal from Halo because it is the only future-game out there!" No I didn't! say that you freaking retard I said steal from Halo again because for one, they already did, and secondly Activision is with Bungie now so more stuff from Halo will be in COD. Get your facts straight before you say something stupid dumbass.

Tekcor
Tekcor

You know, I don't like COD, but this is a good thing. EA/DICE will respond with Battlefield 2143, a sequel I have long been waiting to happen.

Vintendo_64
Vintendo_64

CoD gameplay and Halo gameplay is totally different.

true_hurdler
true_hurdler

*sigh* and one more thing...why is it that when a company announces a shooter that has the slightest hint at being based in the future, the halo comparisons explode?

true_hurdler
true_hurdler

This future warfare stuff sounds pretty nice, sh*t i'm excited

true_hurdler
true_hurdler

@big-boss-91: Yes, CoD was always about historical events, but the modern warfare franchise has always had a made up story.

Skull-Fire
Skull-Fire

@kobyjordan7 Oh yeah, because it's not like there were any futuristic games before halo >.>

kobyjordan7
kobyjordan7

Yeah Activision steal from Halo..again!

RaikouTheDragon
RaikouTheDragon

It'd be fine if they didn't call it "Call of Duty". Mainly because then they would only have about a year to make it.

ALZex
ALZex

Maybe its just me..... but I really enjoyed Battalefield 2142, Loved the pod jumping

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Not as far fetched as bloody MW2. Secret governemnt agencies (Taskforce 141), Russians invading the US and being a flippin' astronaut. CoD jumped the shark at that point

Mugen76
Mugen76

I was out after Modern Warfare 2, and if there's a CoD in space, then I'm never going back. If anything, I'll rent these games like I have with Black Ops.

JokerFoxx
JokerFoxx

If they keep up the franchise with the same quality as its predecessors then i'm excited as hell!

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

COD is no longer about historical events (WW2) and it now a fictional story with made up events. Might as well go into space and go to war on the moon

CanadianGuyEh
CanadianGuyEh

no wonder! Bungie just signed a contract with activison fro 10 years, they are the offical makers of Halo who took space and sci-fi combat to another level. the space call of duty will most likely be a test for something "bigger" Activison is owned by blizzard, and i remember years ago when they had planned " Starcraft: G.H.O.S.T" for the PS2 and then suddenly poof, gone. Yet when you go to the website you can see that its still there as one of the games to choose to see its history, u click it and it just says no info at this time. Do the math. ill say it simple. Bungie and activison is making a Starcraft FPS

maxwell97
maxwell97

Well, between killstreaks, perks, bunnyhopping, snowmobile jumps, helicopters bouncing undamaged off of hillsides, and a .45 1911 that does less damage than a 9mm Makarov (I HATE that), CoD is currently about as realistic as Halo. So, might as well make it official and go sci-fi.

zero298
zero298

Ok, the only CoD game I've bought so far has been Modern Warefare 1 because I didn't really see a point to the others. But this just seems crazy enough to warrant a purchase if it's trying to be a "realistic" space shooter and not just another Spehhs Mehreens game. Maybe it'll just be Moonraker.

dortega120
dortega120

From here on out, I am only renting Call of Duty games just to play the campaigns. I will buy a new one every few years to update my multiplayer experience. I just think that buying a new one every single year is ridiculous. As for a Sci-Fi COD, i just dont think the name Call of Duty fits.

senseless_dj
senseless_dj

I love call of duty(though love Bad company even more)... but already there are too much call of duties to take. Advanced or future call of duty is okay to freshen things up ...but space?seriously? whats wrong with zombie warfare..:P

GaussHogXR
GaussHogXR

Why are you guys all assuming that it will have laser guns? I for one, believe and hope that it goes the hard sci-fi route and sticks with bullets. I also hope we're fighting both people AND aliens.

damaster101
damaster101

"spacewarfare2.com" they've got sequels planned?I've got 4 COD games in my bloody drawer within the past 2 years or something, enough is enough.

Murder_Star
Murder_Star

@benboz Because lag, commando knifing, absolute garbage storyline, And all around fail in the Call of duty series wasn't enough?

benboz
benboz

If Call of duty goes to a sci-fi setting, it will definitely ruin the CoD series. I won't get it.

cruzerramos
cruzerramos

I always thought the COD series would end up having an installment with a futuristic setting. After covering WWII, Vietnam and Modern Warfare, it seemed like their options were slim for new settings. They could choose from... 1. Civil War (Could be fun if you like reloading for a week) 2. WWI (A little less reloading, but still no Red Dot Sight) 3. Korean War (... actually this could work) 4. Gulf War (pretty much Modern Warfare) 5. THE FUTURE (Lasers would be fun, but I got a feelings the Killstreak Rewards would destroy the planet at this point) BTW: Would this sudden change in setting have anything to do with the fact that Activision has recently aquired the developers of the Halo series?