An article has been circulating on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms lately claiming that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, the upcoming title from Infinity Ward, has been cancelled due to major backlash from the gaming community. Is there any truth in this? We discuss it below.
Infinite Warfare Cancelled?
The idea of any game, especially a Call of Duty title, being cancelled after being in development for 3 years is quite absurd. This isn’t just a troll – it’s a bad one. Why so many are sharing this story on Facebook and actually believing it is beyond comprehension.
Infinity Ward has already sank 3 years of development into it. Do you really believe they’re going to out of the blue say – “Okay, you guys disliked our trailer – we’re pulling the plug!”. No, it doesn’t work like that. Even if they believed the game was going to tank, they’d still release it.
Second, do you honestly think Activision, a game publishing company known for shady tactics and its love of money, is going to suddenly back out of putting Infinite Warfare out just because millions of people smashed the dislike button on the game’s official YouTube video? Keep dreaming.
Activision and Infinity Ward are most definitely releasing this game. It is NOT cancelled.
Where’d This Story Come From Then?
The site and/or sites that published this information are mostly satirical or have just done very, very poor research into the matter. In fact, several sites that make this claim specifically state that all articles are written as satire. In other words, it’s completely fabricated.
If you fell for this prank, well, you may want to brush up on your common sense. This kind of story would be somewhat believable if we were talking about a game coming from an indie developer or a company with no history behind it, but we’re not – we’re talking about Call of Duty.
Call of Duty has been around for more than a decade. It is the single biggest shooter franchise and one of largest gaming brands in history. Not to mention these developers and publisher have never really backed down from anything. Seriously, millions of people boycotted the supply drops system in Black Ops 3, and – it’s STILL in the game.
Sure, they’ve made some improvements to it, but in the grand scheme of things they didn’t back off forcing microtransactions down your throat no matter how much you detested it.
So, the chances of a Call of Duty game ever being “cancelled” due to pre-release consumer backlash is practically slim to none at all.
To conclude – no, Infinite Warfare has not been cancelled. It will be released on November 4th, 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC – whether you like it or not.