Activision and Infinity Ward released a new trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and the entire theme centers around leaving Earth in order to go into space. In fact, the live-action trailer is titled "Screw it, let's go to space!"
The trailer is just under two minutes long and was posted up on the official Call of Duty YouTube channel. There are a few celebrities who pop up, including Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, who pops in to use some akimbo pistols, first doing some strokes to warm up his arms before stepping out from behind cover to blast down some baddies, but things don't go so well when comedian Danny McBride steps up and blows up the bad guys with a rocket launcher.
Before even getting to space, though, the trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare starts back on Earth. It follows a young man walking through the streets looking at advertisements and news media feeds of current events taking place in 2016. Activision smartly reverse parodies some talking points that have pervaded the social consciousness throughout the year, including Canada building a wall to keep Americans out (likely to keep them from fleeing the country from whoever is elected President), and that's followed up with a news clip of a reporter saying a moderator punched one of the candidates in the face.
There's also a newspaper that an old man is reading from fake news outlet New York News, which reads "Europe Leaves E.U.", an obvious poke at Britain taking their ball and getting out of the European Union following the controversies involving immigration issues taking place in various countries such as Switzerland and Germany.
The trailer is actually quite clever insofar that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is positioned as the gateway to escapism from the drudgery and nonsense of reality. Most average people are just tired of the ridiculous headlines, the ridiculous politics and the overall ridiculous leadership spiraling the world out of control. Activision wisely uses the trailer to say "Hey, screw all this stupid stuff and come have fun with us in space!"
It's not just a parody, though. They actually take that minute and 46 time span to showcase some of the game's new features, such as the grappling hook, the jetpacks and the space-oriented dogfights within Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
I think the trailer would have worked even better had so many people just not been fed up with all the sci-fi, future warfare entries that have clogged up the yearly outings for Call of Duty. They've been trounced badly by DICE and EA in the mind-share department thanks to Battlefield 1 going back old-school and focusing on some awesome World War I scenarios with a compelling and unique new story campaign mode.
With Titanfall 2 just around the corner, this is probably the first year in recent years where _Call of Duty _ is not only coming in behind the curve but also fighting an uphill battle as an underdog amidst an absolutely stacked holiday line-up.
You can also say "Screw it, let's go to space!" and take a journey with Call of Duty across the galaxy for the Xbox One, PS4 or PC come November 4th.