New Call Of Duty To Be Set In Space!

We all know that a new Call Of Duty game is coming this year, but could it be set in space?

This is exactly where Infinity Ward’s upcoming shooter is heading if reports from Eurogamer and Shinobi are to be believed. The report claims that the game will take place in the “very far future” and will be a “full on sci-fi” with “space combat.” It was previously confirmed by Activision that the upcoming shooter would be “innovative” and this is definitely something new for the series. It will be interesting to see how Infinity Ward approach this new location: as a fan of their Modern Warfare campaigns I remain optimistic.

The next item was a story that I considered ignoring, but decided I would give my two cents. Blizzard has removed the “butt pose” of Overwatch character Tracer, after fan criticism that the pose was sexist. As you can see from the below image, the ‘over-the-shoulder’ pose prominently features Tracer’s derrière. In a statement, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan gave his “apologies” and said that the studio will “continue to try to do better.” I’m sorry, but some people need to get over themselves! Just because a character, male or female, has definition to their body shape, it doesn’t automatically mean that a certain pose is sexist! It’s a video game, which is considered an art form, and as such people need to respect the creator’s vision. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. It was also disappointing to see Blizzard crumble over the criticism of a few, rather than stand by their original artistic vision. Sometimes I deter this overly P.C. world we live in!

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On a brighter note, fifteen games have been shortlisted for the 2016 World Video Game Hall Of Fame. The finalists include iconic games such as Final Fantasy, GTA III, The Legend Of Zelda, Pokemon Red, The Sims, and Space Invaders. There is no doubt that all games on the list help define their respective eras and genre of video games. The winners will be announced during a ceremony at The Strong Museum on May 5th and I will be sure to update you at that time. 2015 was the ceremony’s inaugural year and the likes of Doom, Pong, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros. and Tetris were the first games to be inducted into the Video Game Hall Of Fame. I think that this is a great event for video games, and it has also given me an idea for a future Party Chat conversation: be sure to check back for that next week!

Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor was a very successful game when it launched in 2014, winning many Game Of The Year awards, so it is no real surprise to learn that a sequel may be in the works. Thanks to a user on NeoGAF, it has been discovered that the resume of stuntwoman Lauren Mary Kim has listed “Shadows Of Mordor 2” as a project that she has worked on. No details beyond that were shares, with the exception that the work was done by Blur. Blur Studios is an animation studio that has done work for many AAA titles in the past, so this would seem genuine. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see something at E3 this year, with a release in the second half of 2017.

I’m sure a few of you are currently addicted to the new Facebook Messenger Basketball game: trying to beat the high scores of your friends. Well I have good news for fans of Basketball as Rocket League is also getting in on the action. The basketball mode was announced earlier this month, but now we know that ‘Dunk House’ will be arriving in April. A short video was released on the Rocket League Twitter account, which was enough to excite me. Unfortunately I’m not very good at Rocket League, but feel this will be a perfect excuse to give the car-football game another go. Remember, Rocket League also introduced an ice-hockey mode in December last year so it is truly becoming a multi-sports title!

Until tomorrow,

Matt