Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Story Breaks New Ground, Devs Say

Plus, we learn a little more about the character Games of Thrones star Kit Harington plays.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare developer Infinity Ward has high hopes for the game, telling GameSpot in a recent interview that the FPS is breaking new ground. Design director Jacob Minkoff said he's wanted to play a game like Infinite Warfare for two decades, but until now, he's been left wanting.

"Bringing that gritty, authentic military feel to space--it's been done in other media, but it really hasn't been done in video games," Minkoff explained. "I've been waiting for that game for like 20 years. Nobody's made it. So we just had to go and make it."

Narrative director Taylor Kurosaki added that Infinite Warfare will tell a traditional war story--but set in space.

"The way that these stories, the good ones anyway end up, it's guys putting on boots and grabbing a rifle and being boots on ground--in this case, sometimes the ground may not be on Earth," he explained.

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In a presentation attended by GameSpot, Minkoff explained that Infinite Warfare's story is inspired by the war movies Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan. You play as Captain Reyes, who starts off as a regular solider, but, after a serious attack resulting in the death of his captain, he takes on the role of commander of ship Retribution.

Another key element of Infinite Warfare's story is the evil Settlement Defense Front, a group that believes it is their birthright to obtain and control all precious resources. One of the leaders of this group is a character played by Game of Thrones star Kit Harington.

Kurosaki shared some new details with GameSpot on Harington's character and what it was like working with the famous actor.

"Kit is portraying a character who is a notable character in the Settlement Defense Front, so he, in many ways, is the face, or one of the main faces, of the enemy," Kurosaki explained. "And through him, you will know what makes them tick, what they're all about, the depths to which they'll go to realize their objective.

"It was great working with him because he had never played a bad guy before. And I think it was the opportunity for him to play that guy was one that he relished. He totally ran with it and he just got into that character and got into that whole mindset of the Settlement Defense Front."

Snatch and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. director Guy Ritchie is working on Infinite Warfare to bring Harrington's character to life.

Minkoff and Kurosaki previously worked at Naughty Dog, contributing to the Uncharted series and The Last of Us. Minkoff specifically worked on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves' thrilling train sequence, which some fans hold as one of the best moments in the entire series.

Infinite Warfare launches on November 4 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. All DLC will come to PS4 first. A new campaign trailer was released this week at E3; you can watch it above.

Activision is also releasing a remastered version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare this year, but the only way to get it is to buy one of the premium versions of Infinite Warfare. A multiplayer reveal for Modern Warfare Remastered is scheduled for September.

Check back soon for more from our interview with Minkoff and Kurosaki about Infinite Warfare's campaign.

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