Look, let’s say this right off the bat. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a great game. A lot of people tanked it without giving it a chance, but it was a fine return to form for Infinity Ward following Call of Duty: Ghosts in 2013, which felt like a misfire. The story was right on track with its futuristic touches; its multiplayer had its heart in the right place; and its Zombies In Spaceland was easily one of the best Zombies modes we’ve ever played.
But, alas, the writing was on the wall when sales numbers came back. Even though the game sold moderately well, it didn’t do quite as well as games that sold in the past, including Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Advanced Warfare. And there’s still time for the game to gain even more sales with the content coming through with the DLC packs that will be introduced over the next few months.
Still, Activision didn’t hold back during its earnings report this week, stating that the series will return to more “traditional roots” with its forthcoming entries, beginning with the rumored Call of Duty: Vietnam game coming from Sledgehammer Games (that has yet to be confirmed). While Infinite Warfare struck out on some new territory for the series, this move could be one for the better – and there are quite a few reasons behind that.