Activision has been tapping Hollywood actors, directors, writers and producers to help bring Call of Duty to life for years. Recently, however, they've been bringing sports stars into the fold, and that includes a certain UFC superstar named Conor McGregor.
The UFC champ sports a mostly shaven head with a thick beard, decked out in a space suit. They don't say if he's a good guy or a bad guy, but given that he says that when "the biggest need the baddest to do work, I answer the call" seems to insinuate that McGregor will definitely go to bat for the good guys in the upcoming game.
For those of you unfamiliar with the fighting Irishman, he's made a name for himself as a take-no-stuff fighter in the UFC, battling it out on the big stage as one of the premiere fighters for the company. He's had two legendary matches recently against the foul-mouthed pugilist with a warrior's spirit, Nate Diaz.
This isn't the first time that Activision has tapped sports talent for the Call of Duty franchise. In the last outing, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Treyarch brought in former Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch, who had a small role in the game as part of a mercenary outfit that the player-character and their teammate run into during the halfway point. Lynch's role was pretty tiny and he did little more than sit at a bar and then pick up arms and prep for battle before the whole building started getting riddled with explosives and gunfire.
We won't know just how big McGregor's role is in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare until the game is actually out. The reality is that his role might be a tiny cameo or it might be something significant, there's really no way to tell.
Previously, Hollywood talent like Kevin Spacey had a significant amount of screen time in the billion-dollar franchise's Advanced Warfare outing, chewing up each scene as a typical, power-hungry corporatist. But there's a pretty big difference between a Hollywood actor putting in the time and the chops and a UFC fighter having to act and perform on the green stage. Sports stars haven't typically been the most expressive when it comes to their acting abilities, but maybe it's something that can be masked under all the sci-fi shenanigans and HD graphics.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is due for release on November 4th for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The game's debut trailer is one of the most disliked and hated in the history of YouTube, so it'll be interesting to see if that affects the sales of the game. With the charismatic Conor McGregor on board, it just might be enough to help sway some of the fence-sitters.