At E3, Infinity Ward is showing members of the press and those attending a very early level in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s campaign, which sets up the story that players will play throughout in the title.

The Beginning

The story begins on Earth, where the world’s organizations, known as UNSA, have gathered at Geneva, Switzerland for the Fleet Parade Week.

“We try to start out the game trying to show who this enemy is, the depravities they’ll commit to get what they want and, with that context, you’ll understand what the stakes are,” Kurosaki said in an interview with Polygon.

The entire Fleet Week Parade is sponsored by the Solar Alliance Treaty Organization, SATO. The week’s celebration is ended abruptly, however, as the Settlement Defense Front (SDF), the enemy group in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, strikes the city. SDF, according to GameInformer’s newest magazine issue, is trying to get complete control of the galaxy. Infinite Warfare’s story stays within our solar system, Infinity Ward has confirmed.

The basis of the story for Infinite Warfare is the fight for resources as the availability of Earth’s resources is starting to fade away. Following SDF’s attack on Geneva, everything’s in chaos; enemy drop pads are landing across the area, with SDF soldiers coming out ready to take control. SDF has a two pronged assault when they start their attack on Geneva: a sleeper-cell takes down Earth’s planetary defense systems, while also ground forces attack and take down world leaders. The sleeper-cell that attacks in Geneva is called Riah; they have slowly waiting and planned for years to make their attack.

Players play through the entire campaign as Captain Nick Reyes; Reyes starts off with fighting on the ground in this opening mission — attempting to take down the enemy forces, but quickly, the action transitions to the Jackal fight as SDF forces are taking down Earth’s defense systems.

Following this opening missions, Reyes is promoted from a Lieutenant to a Captain, who takes command of one of the remaining ships available, the Retribution.

Retribution

At the Retribution, players have great control over which mission they want to play next. The entire story in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare can be played linearly, but there is also side missions. These side missions let you attack SDF ships where players will have the ability to get new weapons and more equipment to better suit themselves up to fight on in the story.

“What you get narratively from experiencing these missions, it fleshes out the world of the Settlement Defense Front, and the way they […] how they live, the contents of their ships — there are mechanical benefits of going on these missions,” Minkoff said to Polygon.

You have the ability to see your crew, interact with them, and even get ready for your mission on the shooting range in the ship. The feeling and mood of the crew on the Retribution will change and adapt as the story progresses on.

“The Retribution is our home. an evolving, mutating hub for Reyes to come back to between each mission,” Kurosaki says to GameInformer. “Remember that there is no backup for us. The Retribution was not supplied before the Geneva attack when this thing started, we just happened to be at the parade. We’re not ready for deployment. Your crew will be bringing together everything they have to keep that thing floating and keeping us from losing the war.”

Infinity Ward says the Retribution’s inside was designed around Navy and NASA protocols and functionality. Many parts of the ship can be replaced, which allows the ship to be prepared for any number of challenges.

Settlement Defense Front

The SDF is probably one of the most “evil” enemy forces encountered in Call of Duty. The face of the SDF is played by Kit Harington. In the newest GameInformer issue, Taylor Kurosaki says:

“They (SDF) considers themselves the true inheritors of the solar system. They feel like their way of life is stronger, more pure. They fell that by living off-world that makes them more worthy of running our solar system and consider the people of Earth weak.”

The SDF is seeking out ways to get resources; if the SDF wins, that means much needed resources do not make it to Earth. SDF has used their advancements to re-program many of their ‘service droids’ from doing labor work to becoming killers. SDF puts a large focus on the usage of being efficient, which ensures none of their resources goes to waste.

The face of the SDF is Admiral Salen Kotch, who is the commander of the Olympus Mons, the enemies’ main home ship in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The Olympus Mons is twice as a large as the Retribution, according to GameInformer. The battle will exist between fighting the never ending enemy forces and re-taking control over the resources of the world to bring to Earth.

Infinity Ward has put an emphasis to state this story is trying to bring that “classic war” style battle, soldier on soldier, while still taking Call of Duty to a brand new setting.

Sources: GameInformer’s July Magazine, Polygon

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  • Jay Evan

    I like it. It’s straight-forward, like all COD campaigns, and the ideas between the earthlings and Setdef seem genuine and sympathetic.
    Good to have infinity ward delivering an interesting story again.

  • DeadZombieGaming 12

    Sounds interesting… Straight forward, but this one has a bit of ND touch.

  • BradyAlucard

    This is how a CoD Campaign should be fun. No handholding. Thank you, ex-Naughty Dog devs!

    • Jay Evan

      And fuck you EA fans!

      • Aidan

        I enjoy both Battlefield and Call of duty. I don’t know why most people can’t do the same.

        • Jay Evan

          Oh, I LOVE Battlefield. But its fans are the biggest assholes I’ve ever seen. and they are esencially the reason why COD is being seen as a joke.

          • tuby

            I dont give a shit about the o pinions of ofther fanboys. Just play the game you like.

          • Dr. Edward Richtofen

            Because it’s a game

          • Element115Will

            But…but isnt CoD a joke too? I mean look at these past ones…..js.

          • hahahaha cod:infinite supply drop star citizen wars titanfall 2

            Eks-Dee, how funny. And most importantly – very original!

          • Dr. Edward Richtofen

            I can’t downvote this enough

          • Batman

            CoD is a joke, laser guns, rainbow colored gear sets, ridiculous taunts and gestures, supply drops weapons bullshit, space battles, childish community…..may I continue?
            CoD is a joke on its own now, comparing it w/ BF1 is just overkill

          • TheDemonOfHate

            Lets be real. They’re both fucking video games.

          • Aidan

            It’s a video game. It’s not supposed to be an accurate depiction of war, and neither is BF, as much as DICE tries.

          • Aidan

            True.

        • tuby

          Maybe because it plays different and people like one and dislike the other. It are 2 totally different games beside the fact is a shooter

        • Kyle Soule

          I am hyped for Battlefield 1. I like that it’s finally a game that’s set in the past. EA/DICE made the right decision.

          • Aidan

            Setting isn’t everything my friend. From what I’ve seen, BF1 reminds me of Battlefront, and not in a good way, and although that’s just my personal opinion, you are allowed to feel how you want about something.

          • Kyle Soule

            I know setting isn’t everything, but it does play a big part in how people will feel about a game.

          • Aidan

            Which makes no sense. Just because a game is set during WW1 doesn’t automatically make it good (It also doesn’t make it bad). Same goes for Infinite Warfare. Everyone seems to think that just because the game is set in space, it’s automatically a bad game. Ignorance at it’s finest, if you ask me.

          • Kyle Soule

            Hey, I didn’t say that it automatically makes a game good or bad. I said people will be more willing to buy a game depending on its setting and their preference whether that is past present or future. I personally don’t care what it’s setting is AS LONG as its fun to play.

          • Aidan

            Yeah. Personally I’m more excited for IW (as if you couldn’t tell already)

        • Bacon

          People lack the ability to like more than one thing.

        • Eddie Tupy

          i agree but its because most humans need an enemy for every situation they encounter until they realize whats good

      • jordanxbrookes

        Woah, woah, woah. Calm your knickers there pal.

    • Kyle Soule

      I know dude, I hated that. It was annoying being told exactly what to do, where to go etc. I am glad that they are finally taking off the little kid gloves.

  • Aidan

    ND cannot disappoint. So glad that they were able to work on a CoD game, I’ve always wondered how they would approach this specific genre, and I guess I get a little taste of that this year 😉

    • darren

      Storywise, great. But Uncharted MP is not the best MP around. ND does story. No one talks about Uncharted MP. Just sayin.

      • RdJokr

        Exactly. Plus, Jacob Minkoff and Taylor Kurosaki already said they are focused on campaign only.

      • Aidan

        The two guys from ND aren’t working on MP.

  • CoDforever

    Im really excited for the campaign, if that E3 mission was from any other game than the entire gaming world would be absolutely amazed

    • BradyAlucard

      I see where they were coming from.

    • DeadZombieGaming 12

      I doubt it…

  • Jay Evan

    Wait a second, that demo was a SIDE MISSION?! HOLY SHIT, I CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE WHAT THE REAL CAMPAIGN WILL BE LIKE!

  • Eriko

    sounds promising

  • Kyle Soule

    I have no idea about the MP but I have high hopes that the campaign is going to be really good.

    • darren

      So long as Jackal gameplay is severely limited. There is Elite Dangerous if I want spaceship battles. I only care about the actual gunplay. And MP. So, pretty boring reveal. They couldn’t have tacked a 10-15 second MP teaser trailer at the end? But no! We have to wait until about a month and a half before launch (CODXP.) To me, that is a bad sign. Campaign could be amazing, but it’s a one and done thing, unless your after achievements. It’s MP that is the meat and potatoes.
      Huh! Meat and Potatoes=MP. 🙂

      • Kyle Soule

        I know, they tacked on a little teaser for COD4 but they can’t do it for MP.
        I see what you did there at the end:)

      • RdJokr

        Everybody’s hoping that space battle isn’t a one-off thing, and you’re asking for it to be limited?

        • DeadZombieGaming 12

          Didn’t they say the Jackal can be used throughout the whole campaign? Like, you get it at the start and you can use it to the end, so i think this kinda increases the possibility of moar and moar space battles

          • RdJokr

            Exactly that. All that talk about seamless transition between gun battle and dogfights, there is no way the Jackal is limited to just a few levels. It’s gonna be there throughout the whole thing for us to use.

          • DeadZombieGaming 12

            Which is good imo… I still can’t believe how people want space battles to be like 1-2 time use, so the campaign is generic shooter campaign. Also, they have put a lot of time into the Jackal mechanics, which makes me think… will this be in multiplayer… Not confirmed nor denied.

          • RdJokr

            Maybe a killstreak? Typical COD maps, even big ones like Stonehaven, aren’t large enough for dogfights.

          • DeadZombieGaming 12

            Yeah, but they could have a completely different mode for it…

          • RdJokr

            COD already has too many modes as it is. I don’t think throwing in a dogfight mode would work too well.

            Best case scenario, we could have something like a map-specific dynamic event, where two jet fighters will be made available, one for each team, and one player from each side can take on a jet, and either rain hell on the enemy team, or dogfight the other team’s jet. It’s just an idea that I have, but it would be cool if this is feasible.

          • Dr. Edward Richtofen

            To battlefield ish

          • DeadZombieGaming 12

            The maps have to be big… unless, it’s a space fight… We can fight in space in Campaign, why not multiplayer? I think it would be something nice and fun.

        • darren

          Who is everybody?
          I have yet to read a comment saying, “Holy shit! I wish CoD was nothing but spaceship battles. Fuck gunplay. The Jackal is where it’s at!”
          For me, the campaign parts where you jumped in a tank, a heli, a jet, were not my favorite. The only good ones were the snowmobile ones in the MW. And a snowmobile is a far cry from aspaceship.

          • RdJokr

            You can try Reddit. I’ve read a lot of comments hoping that the space dogfight sequences aren’t one-time gimmicks. We have had too many of that in past COD games already. Plus, I think you can get a pretty good idea from the article here that the Jackal is integral to the entire game.

          • Dr. Edward Richtofen

            The best mission has to be taking back the White House

  • khaled

    Another year of bo3 then

    • Jay Evan

      Another shitty comment then.

    • Stefan Lang

      No one cares.

    • Dr. Edward Richtofen

      Yup mostly because of zombies but rainbow six siege and zombies for me

  • Hype is painful.

    • Kyle Soule

      I know how you feel. But don’t worry, we will get through this suffering together. I promise.

    • BradyAlucard

      It wouldn’t be as bad if MP wasn’t delayed (well, supposedly). But at least CoD XP is back. That event was amazing to even watch.

      • Kyle Soule

        I forgot, when is COD XP? Can’t remember..

        • Stefan Lang

          September

          • darren

            Like a month and a half before launch. NOT a good sign.

          • DeadZombieGaming 12

            It’s kind of a good thing. What they will show would be practically finished almost… They might do the beta like Overwatch.

          • Stefan Lang

            Exactly, wish it was earlier. If they’re waiting this long to reveal MP it better blow us out of the water ?

        • BradyAlucard

          September 2nd I think.

      • Scott

        Activision should bring back Call of duty Elite.

        • BradyAlucard

          Nah. They replaced that. And it was overhyped.

      • Eh, I really don’t think the MP will be that great, I’m a SP guy so i really badly want to play IWs SP.

  • Stefan Lang

    TL:DR BUT I can’t wait! Probably gonna play this campaign I skipped Ghosts and Bo3. BO3 had so much to grind for in the beginning before getting DM, Hero, and Master Prestige so I only played like 3 missions of Bo3’s campaign.

  • 420 NoScoper

    I really want to know if there will be a collecter’s edition for Infinte Warfare.

  • Surely a lieutenant would be promoted to a captain?

    • Jay Evan
      • exactly. Does anyone know if this is a mistake of one of the sources, infinity ward or just how SATO rank soldiers?

        • Jay Evan

          Well, the UNSA seems to be out of options during the campaign. My best guess is that during the first act as Lieutenant Commander, Reyes does something that earns him is new rank as well as command of the Retribution. He might just be the best they’ve got.

          • GateKeeprRed

            I think I read somewhere that the previous Commanding Officer was killed during the initial attack, and as Lieutenant Commander, Reyes is promoted due to the death of the last.

        • I remember on Facebook, Call of Duty posted an image of Reyes with the Lieutenant insignia, but called him captain. Someone in the comments section pointed out this flaw, and CoD replied that over the course of the campaign, you get promoted as you take charge.

          I think Keshav just got the 2 mixed up is all.

          • Yep, just watched the PS4 interview with an IW dev, he said he gets promoted from Lt. to Cpt.

    • Kyle Soule

      Yh I noticed that too.

    • Keshav Bhat

      fixed that.

    • ToonToons22

      Wasn’t Captain Price promoted directly to captain after being a lieutenant in CoD4?

  • Dr. Edward Richtofen

    It’s ok looking

  • This story sounds really interesting. I like the idea of commanding my own ship and doing side missions.
    I just hope the experience is long. BO3 campaign took me around 9 hours, which is an improvement. But id like to see a 12-15 hour single player mode in CoD. 🙂

  • Hopefully you can talk to Crew Members of the ship to learn something new about the setting, the enemy, et cetera.

    • DeadZombieGaming 12

      I don’t think the crew members will know much about SDF, but they might tell you how is yo ship is doin and stuff

    • RdJokr

      Back in the first reveal stream, there was a behind-the-scenes look of a scene where Reyes and Omar are talking casually. Seems possible we could have one of those random talks outside of mission. It would certainly add to the immersion.

  • Dr. Edward Richtofen

    Sacramento Kings have new jerseys I hope my Pistons have something new sorry for posting about the nba

    • DeadZombieGaming 12

      wat

      • Dr. Edward Richtofen

        The kings unveiled their new uniforms

    • LLORT

      Nobody cares about Basketball on here. This site is pure eSports and no excercise.

      • Dr. Edward Richtofen

        True lol

    • TYRO

      i dont care about my jerseys cause the thunders have thousands of them

      • Dr. Edward Richtofen

        You like chokelahoma than again I am a Pistons fan

  • Bradley Mercado

    This sounds cringe, and lame.
    Settlement Defense Front? really? running the solar system? how boring

    • Dr. Edward Richtofen

      Cringey comment

  • Kellyjdetrick2
  • Eddie Tupy

    i think they knoiw that the game will be decent so they dont even care about what people say anymore. i kinda admire that attitude if theyre doing that.

  • Michael Romo

    The hype is real. Ugh, I just stare at my IW/MW Remastered poster every day and it’s killing me

  • I’ve read the Game Informer magazine, and trust me when I tell you this – IW is seriously shaping up to be the most innovative CoD game yet. Some may hate that, but I myself welcome this. According to the magazine, it’s going to have the biggest arsenal of weapons yet, and more.

  • Amandarpink1
  • Jayden Stephen

    I think that the way that they are showing off the campaign side missions is amazing because it leaves fans with the wonder of what they are going to with the main game’s campaign mode – without giving away any spoilers – I just hope that it will be a long campaign where there is loads of achievements to do but hopefully doesn’t put in a honour plate on the wall where you needed to do the campaign on realistic in black ops 3

  • Vinh Nguyen

    SDF Vs SATO rival alert rival alert!

  • Vinh Nguyen

    SDF vs SATO rival alert rival alert

  • Vinh Nguyen

    Salem Kotch vs Nick Reyse

  • Vinh Nguyen

    Can’t wait for both Battlefield 1 and cod infinite warfare

  • Vinh Nguyen

    Let see who won SDF or SATO

  • Vinh Nguyen

    Captin price vs Zechave ( sorry can’t spell Russian name) in COD mordern warfare remastered