Since its first trailer was released, we've known that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is set in space, but it's grounded in a timeless war story.
Speaking to IGN, developer Infinity Ward's Jacob Minkhoff and Taylor Kurosaki, both of whom spent years working for Naughty Dog before moving to IW, revealed the inspirations behind Infinity Warfare's single-player campaign, and much of it is drawn from classic war films, not science fiction.
Design Director Minkhoff said, that they looked at Black Hawk Down: "The theme of Black Hawk Down is no soldier left behind. You fight for the guy next to you. It's about brotherhood before all else. And then we looked at Saving Private Ryan, and that's a very, very, very different type of story. Saving Private Ryan is about how Captain Miller, who is a leader — he's leading a squad of men — he realizes that it's not about getting home, it's not about protecting his men, it's about accomplishing the mission no matter what."
Instead of casting the player as an entry-level grunt, Infinite Warfare's Lieutenant Reyes is quickly promoted to Captain and given a huge task immediately, including people who make up his crew. It's a "story about the journey from grunt to leader," Minkoff said. "How somebody goes from the simple creed of ‘no soldier left behind' to the more complex duty of ‘the mission comes first,' what it means to shoulder the responsibility, to know that sometimes, the mission comes before all else."
The report went on to describe the game that "could almost be a World War II story much like Saving Private Ryan's" with the way the war begins --a sneak attack that Reyes and his crew are a part of. The game doesn't open in a space station but Geneva, Switzerland.
The game has optional nonlinear missiosn, but Minkoff an Kurosaki emphasized that the single-player campaign has a linear, "authored" narrative. Minkoff explained, "This is a straight-ahead story. There's not backstabbing, espionage, double-crosses. This is a clear-cut story of good against evil" he said. "...Even though we're going to space, even though we have futuristic weaponry, this is a classic war experience."
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will launch on November 6, 2016.