The battle lines have been drawn. Activision is looking toward the future for their next iteration of Call of Duty, officially titled Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Electronic Arts, however, has turned back the clock 100 years to tap into World War 1 for Battlefield 1.
CoD: Infinite Warfare follows the FPS trend of recent years with futuristic weaponry and jet packs, though the latter is relegated to a brief glimpse only in the first Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer. Rather than staying grounded on earth, vehicular gameplay will extend into space above our planet and formally introduce a “Star Wars” element to the venerable franchise.
Battlefield 1 is relying more on the historical record than pure fiction, dipping into a warfare era yet to be explored by a big budget FPS game. By choosing World War I they’ve opened up a confluence of warfare styles that range from aerial dogfights and zeppelins to sea to tanks to even horseback.
Where will your interests take you? Back to the future with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare or deep into the past with Battlefield 1? It will be a fun sales battle to watch this holiday season as Activision and Electronic Arts duke it out.
Battlefield 1 will be first out the gate on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on October 21st with EA Access subscribers and Xbox One owners getting to play a little earlier.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare arrives a couple weeks later on November 4th but has the added advantage of packing in a remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare into the Legacy and Legacy Pro Editions.