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The 2016 edition of Call of Duty, created by Infinity Ward, will take a huge step into the future. Reports from Shinobi and Eurogamer have started rumors that the next Call of Duty will take place in space.

Shinobi has described the new Call of Duty as “full on sci-fi” featuring “space warfare.” Eurogamer reports were independently similar to that of Shinobi’s. Activision declined comments to media about the possibility of a game in space, but the two sources have accurately reported¬†information on previous Call of Duty releases.

Whether the game in its entirety is held in space or not, Infinity Ward and Call of Duty would be making an even larger jump away from traditional warfare. This information is coming out at the same time as the Battlefield 5 rumors, which have been hinting towards the possibility of a World War II game. Many gamers are already considering a Call of Duty to Battlefield switch since the idea of real warfare would lie in the Battlefield series.

Infinity Ward producer Mark Rubin made a statement on the possibility of a space warfare Call of Duty back in 2013. Rubin said that the idea of Call of Duty in space “makes sense” but there would be a lot of challenges to overcome.

What might some of those challenges be? Grenades, kill streaks, and more. I mean, if you try throwing a grenade in space, chances are it’s just going to fly away. Rubin even acknowledged these issues. “Kill streaks wouldn’t work at all. Can’t have a helicopter in space. Or a dog for that matter.” That’s right Mark, we can’t be letting those poor war puppies endlessly float around in space.

Rubin likes the idea of having to overcoming challenges, however. He says that one possible way to get around things would be to make a map inside the space station rather than out in space. Not a bad idea, but again, the nature of Call of Duty would be taking yet another step away from realistic warfare.

As a huge Call of Duty fan, the rumor of a game being in space disappoints me greatly. The first game of the series that I ever played was Black Ops 1, and it still remains my favorite. The thing that I miss about the old Call of Duty games is that the maps and ideas behind them were realistic. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare released in 2014, the Call of Duty scene was changed forever. The games are now based on the future rather than the present or the past. You have jetpacks, you can run on walls, and you can use power ups such as super speed or invisible camo. And for non Call of Duty players, that’s the simplest way I can explain it. For those who do play the games, I know most share the same opinion. Call of Duty has taken their series in the wrong direction. If people wanted to play a futuristic war game, they would play Halo. The reason Call of Duty has had so much success is because the old games made the player feel as though they were fighting in places that actually exist. Heck, the all-time fan favorite map Nuketown takes place in an American town in Nevada.

Nuketown has been remade in each Black Ops game since. Another popular map that was remade from Black Ops to Black Ops 2 was Summit.

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Summit took place in the Ural Mountains of the USSR, and just like every other Black Ops map, was a place that really does exist.

The list of the amazing gameplay and maps from the early Modern Warfare and Black Ops games could go on and on. I get that you can’t keep using the same places over and over again. Call of Duty has done a great job of creating maps that fit the fast-paced gameplay that fans love, but I fear it will be harder as they continue to make the game more futuristic. Maybe I’m wrong! I hope I am! I’ve made countless friends throughout my years playing Call of Duty, and I know many people who make a living off of the game. I would hate to see them lose the hype and momentum that the base of the series has carried for many years.

Call of Duty: Space Warfare may be upon us. Get your space suits ready.

The game will be announced and featured in June at this year’s E3 convention in partnership with Sony. The game will be released during the fall of 2016.

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