CoD5 Must "Redefine The Genre"
Not long ago, Treyarch revealed their plans for Call of Duty 5, which includes a return to the traditional World War II setting the franchise had always adopted before Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Many gamers have difficulty finding the logic in this, considering how great the latter title was, but Treyarch understands the inherent challenge.
According to CVG, the game's senior producer, Noah Heller, has said very candidly that CoD5 needs to "redefine the genre and be the best shooter possible," or it could be curtains for the franchise. Well, at least he recognizes the situation.
"Modern Warfare opened the door to so many people new to Call of Duty," said Heller. "The game built great fertile ground for us to start on and if we're going to say: 'Look it's Christmas, here's another Call of Duty as you loved it last year', then we need to make sure the game is high quality or people won't trust what Call of Duty is. This has to be the best shooter and has to redefine the World War II genre."
Infinity Ward set the bar awfully high with Modern Warfare; there's no doubt about that. But at the same time, it seems the new/old developer is well aware of what gamers are going to expect, and they had best step up and deliver. Thing is, when a bar gets to be a certain height, it requires the "best" if a future title can leap over it...
Related Game(s): Call of Duty 5
6/13/2008 Ben Dutka