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Call of Duty 5 to be set in the Pacific?

Call of Duty 5 to be set in the Pacific?

Call of Duty 4 may have only just come out, but already Call of Duty 5 is in the pipeline.

Rumours have been circulating for a few days now that Call of Duty 5 is in development at Treyarch and that it'll returning to a World War II setting. Those rumours, while still officially unconfirmed, are looking to be more and more certain by the moment.

The boys over at Kotaku have kept their ears close to the ground on this one and have been rewarded for their vigilance by the words of an anonymous inside source.

The tipster has confirmed that Call of Duty 5 is definitely in development at Treyarch. The game has doubtlessly been planned for a while and is listed in a series of Vivendis corporate documents, alongside Guitar Hero IV and new James Bond and Tony Hawk games. What hasn't been confirmed though is what setting Call of Duty 5 will feature and who will be developing it.

The Kotaku insider however has revealed that the game will eschew the modern setting of Call of Duty 4 to return to the original World War II setting. The insider has also said that the game will be set in Pacific theatre of war - a much under-used locale for shooters.

Personally, we find the whole return to WWII thing a little bit disappointing. Call of Duty 4 has only been out a little while and bowled us over with awesomeness, so taking a step back like this is a bit of a letdown.

Maybe it's just us though - what do you think? Could another WWII game be good for the franchise, or is it just another nail in the coffin? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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soulburner 11th December 2007, 12:57 Quote
It's worth mentioning that Treyarch isn't the original developer of Call of Duty series. Infinity Ward is, but it seems the game title is entirely owned by the publisher. I don't even think CoD4 was supposed to be titled like that, but it was the publisher's call.

Now there is going to be further confusion when CoD5 arrives done by Treyarch again (they did some addon scenario to CoD1, then CoD3 for consoles).
will. 11th December 2007, 13:13 Quote
I really hope that infinity ward are busy on something else and that they simply cannot do COD5 rather than they are just being left out of the project. Why make a change to the developer when they clearly do such a good job?
Matt_117 11th December 2007, 13:28 Quote
IW need to take the COD4 engine and produce a good looking sci-fi game with good graphics, they seem to be selling (Halo 3, Mass Effect, Crysis, Bioshock etc).
DXR_13KE 11th December 2007, 13:32 Quote
a pacific scenario might be cool if done correctly.....
cjoyce1980 11th December 2007, 13:35 Quote
its COD3 all over again....... please stop them now! i hate other companies killing games like this
Speedo 11th December 2007, 13:37 Quote
I guess CoD6 will be the next 'true' (read: Infinity Ward) title, if they stay on the series. From what I understand CoD is under a 1 year release cycle as a title but Infinity Ward has a 2 year dev cycle.
LeMaltor 11th December 2007, 13:41 Quote
Idiots!
zr_ox 11th December 2007, 13:43 Quote
That's a shame that they feel the need to go back to the WW2 series.

I'm so tired of the WW2 genre and I'm so pleased with what infinityward did with COD4, it's time to expand on that and move forward.

If they do have to take a step back in time why can they do Vietnam or something....please please please no more WW2!!!

This is sad news :(
mmorgue 11th December 2007, 13:45 Quote
Sigh.. another return to the WW2 genre...

All I want is a multiplayer that is as fun as Bf2 is/was, set in a modern context and with the level of environment interaction of Crysis.

Or have I just described BF:Bad Company?
plagio 11th December 2007, 13:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by mmorgue
Sigh.. another return to the WW2 genre...

All I want is a multiplayer that is as fun as Bf2 is/was, set in a modern context and with the level of environment interaction of Crysis.

Or have I just described BF:Bad Company?

You probably described bf3
Drexial 11th December 2007, 15:11 Quote
I think the BF and CoD franchises made the jump into modern war too quickly. While i don't think sticking with WW2 is the best idea. But there was also Korea and we could also through in some 50s cold war twist on history. But once you do modern warfare there is nowhere else to go unless you wait another ten years to release a game. Or do what BF did and we all know how that turned out. One of the biggest disappointments ever, so many good ideas, such bad execution.
fargo 11th December 2007, 16:03 Quote
cod5 in the pacific might not be a bad idea as long as the pc port is included otherwise forget it. It
could be a good fill in until I. ward gets cod6 to market. no more of these console only games!
Demon Cleaner 11th December 2007, 16:49 Quote
I don't mind if they go back to the WWII era, but please let Infinity Ward take over the development. At the end of the day, it's the gameplay that counts, not the story or the guns. Actually disregard the bit about the guns.
pillow 11th December 2007, 19:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
its COD3 all over again....... please stop them now! i hate other companies killing games like this

sure does look like it. you guys realize that cod4 is actually the real cod3. also, i wont be buying this 'fake cod5', ill wait for the real cod4 to come out (or cod6 as it will most likely be called). cod 3 and cod 5 are not apart of the call of duty franchise but rather spin offs made by another company.

it would be intersting to have a cod set in vietnam. or even if a cod had its own cold war story. i think its bull that other companies get to use the call of duty name to sell their games.
Angleus 11th December 2007, 20:12 Quote
I think COD in Vietnam would be awesome, they'd have to balance it right though, and remember the fact that the US actually lost...
Leitchy 11th December 2007, 21:13 Quote
Let WWII be put to rest, and lets fight the modern conflicts of our time! In other words, more games to feed muslim hatred :D
HourBeforeDawn 11th December 2007, 22:50 Quote
YES YES YES, I am sooo glad that CoD is going back to the world wars, I was hoping to do battle in the pacific, this is awesome news. ^_^
The_Beast 11th December 2007, 23:21 Quote
The Pacific isn't bad but I think Vietnam would be better/harder
DXR_13KE 12th December 2007, 00:10 Quote
maybe a game were you play the bad guys.....
pillow 12th December 2007, 05:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
YES YES YES, I am sooo glad that CoD is going back to the world wars, I was hoping to do battle in the pacific, this is awesome news. ^_^

its not cod. its made by a different company
[WP@]WOLVERINE 12th December 2007, 07:39 Quote
This company is useless and call of duty 3 should be forgotten as it is a big ugly wart on the COD series of games and to let theees incompetent people do call of duty 5 is a really bad idea. As for the game beeing ww2 ww1 present time or the future does that really matter? I mean its all about the gameplay and the online experience. I myself was e bit worried when i heard that cod4 was set in modern time since im such a huge fan of the first two games. But i was happily surprised by cod 4 and i freakin love it i play online severeal hours every night and i just cant get enough of it. If theres going to be a fifth game INfinity ward should do it because then im pretty sure that it will be a great game no matter what time its set in but let useless people do the game and a useless game will follow...
HourBeforeDawn 12th December 2007, 07:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by pillow
its not cod. its made by a different company

ooh you mean the people that did CoD3 and paid for the name are doing CoD5, oh damn, okay nevermind then >_<

I should have paid more attention to the article ~_~
Da_Rude_Baboon 12th December 2007, 11:52 Quote
I feel really sorry for Infinity Ward that they the good name they developed gets sullied by these loosers.
Kufwit 12th December 2007, 19:04 Quote
Maybe if enough of us say Vietnam in these type of forums someone will listen :0

Proper COD style multiplayer in a Crysis quality jungle would be pant browning stuff.
ak47steve 6th February 2008, 02:52 Quote
A Vietnam setting would be rather interesting. I can see maybe sailing down a boat on a river in the middle of the jungle, holding your M16, and everytime a Vietnamese guy pops his head out of the trees you aim and fire. That would be good. Maybe you would call in napalm bombings to burn the trees down in order to take away enemy cover. This actually sounds good. THe problem with a Vietnam setting is that it would be difficult to have even just a few multiplayer maps for online. And lets face it, online play is the best part of most games. With today's warfare, there are much more possibilities for multiplayer maps. The middle-eastern style maps are some of my favorites, mainly because there are more buildings.

If COD5 was to go back to a WWII setting, I would be horribly dissapointed. I enjoy the more modern combat of COD4, and the story was actually good, went along with today's world.

Infinity Ward would definatley have to be in control of this game, especially considering how awesome they made COD4, my favorite game of all time.
Cthippo 6th February 2008, 06:40 Quote
If you want jungle you're better off with WW2

In an authentic CoD Vitenam game you would never see the enemy. You would walk around all day in the hot sun, losing troops to booby traps and snipers. It would be a game where the bad guys look exactly like the civillians and they all kill you. It would be a game where little kids run up to you and drop live grenades in youre jeep, where you fight all night long, and in the morning there isn't a single enemy body on the battlefield. This is the kind of war vietnam was.
talladega 6th February 2008, 07:52 Quote
as long as it aint futuristic garbage im ok with it.
Bladestorm 6th February 2008, 23:36 Quote
Yeah last I read it was pretty much official that Treyarch would be developing odd-numbered CoD games from now on and Infinity ward the even numbered ones.
willowthewhite 6th February 2008, 23:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bladestorm
Yeah last I read it was pretty much official that Treyarch would be developing odd-numbered CoD games from now on and Infinity ward the even numbered ones.

so CoD is folowing the Star Trek tradition then :D
Fused 7th February 2008, 00:57 Quote
I remember my friends raving about CoD3 (well i assume 3 as it was before 4 though it could been an even earlier version) what was so bad about it? My brother has CoD4 on Xbox360 and I was quite impressed with it. Tempted to get it on PC
Cinnander 7th February 2008, 19:12 Quote
I like the WWII genre, though I'm a bit of a WWII (history) fan anyway so ;)
I think the pacific theatre is overlooked too often by game developers. Everyone wants an Omaha Beach sniperfest, and most WWII games have a D-Day mission as a result. It's a good and easy to 'write' for period of the war, and while historically important, I've played it so many times it's just boring now. Can't we just look at another part of the war? Pacific would be good. Italy would be good too, the invasion from Africa, though not really enough in itself to make a full game out of. Could always do both. The pacific would get a bit predictable after a while.

The modern thing I'm not so keen on, COD4 (SP) carried it off rather well but the story still had bits that were just so arcady. Running around in Pripyat, yes that's a good idea . There's only so many eastern terrorist organisations that you can single handedly destroy before it gets a bit Omaha Beachy, IMO.
mrplow 7th February 2008, 19:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kufwit
Maybe if enough of us say Vietnam in these type of forums someone will listen :0

Proper COD style multiplayer in a Crysis quality jungle would be pant browning stuff.

vietnam vietnam vietnam vietnam vietnam vietnam vietnam

HTH
G0RD0N FAN 8th February 2008, 15:53 Quote
A pacific battle would have to have ships and planes or would it all be set on an island?
Cthippo 9th February 2008, 06:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by G0RD0N FAN
A pacific battle would have to have ships and planes or would it all be set on an island?

It would have to be on an island, but keep in mind that the battle of Gaudelcanal went on for months and months, as did the second battle of the Phillipines. You could do a certain number of beach landing battles combined with some mountain and jungle maps, and maybe throw in some PT boat areas for variety. Not sure if the game would lend itself to large scale naval battles.
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