When Activision pulled back the curtain on its next big FPS, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, quite a few fans took to the internet to spew venom all over every comments section and message board available. Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg decided to address those haters head-on with the best weapon in his arsenal: Calm and collected logic.
Secondly, of course, we know there are people in our community who are nostalgic for the boots on the ground-style gameplay; that’s why we made Modern Warfare Remastered. But we also have millions of people in our community who want to have new, innovative experiences in the game each year and Infinite Warfare is going to deliver that
The above quote is part of a statement shared over at IGN. There’s no better way to respond to the type of unbridled rage that pops up on the internet than to offer up a retort that is both level-headed and makes a lot of sense. Even if you’re bummed about Infinite Warfare’s setting, you can’t really argue with Hirshberg’s response. His comments were made during an earnings call earlier this week, pointing out that the old adage of “no press is bad press” rings true.
In case you aren’t up to date with this whole Infinite Warfare situation, it all began with the launch of a new trailer for the game which, among other things, makes it clear that the series is now literally gunning for the stars.
When that video hit Youtube, saying that viewers reacted negatively might be something of an understatement. As of this writing, the video have 469,954 dislikes, pretty much making it the “most disliked” video on the planet. Fans of the video are only half that number, with about 203,000 likes to date.
During the earnings call, Hirshberg starts out by saying that you’ve “gotta love the passion of gamers.” In his view, having so many people react so strongly simply goes to show how big the Call of Duty franchise has grown over the years. I’m pretty sure sales figures are a solid clue to that fact, too, but he’s not wrong here.
Finally, Hirshberg goes on to remind folks that, if they want to enjoy the good old-fashioned version of Call of Duty, then they can enjoy a remasterd version of Modern Warfare in the same package. That version will also include 10 multiplayer maps, all included if you pick up Infinite Warfare. Still, many complain that they don’t want to have to buy one to get the other. Considering the fact that most remakes go for full price, I’m not sure what the issue is.
Still, in recent years, it seems like more and more fans have been itching for a return to classic CoD gameplay while the more recent iterations of the series have moved further away from that style of play. Infinite Warfare appears to be an extreme case of exactly that. So depending on how things go this fall, we’ll just have to wait and see if the next Call of Duty goes full Halo or if we’ll be back in the trenches.