Since its launch in 2003, the Call of Duty franchise has become one of the most famous and popular in the gaming world and has a legion of fans and enthusiasts. Each of its various games released since then has a different theme, which explores both the past and the future.
Check below which were the themes that Call of Duty already explored in their titles.
Second World War
It was in this way that the world got to know Call of Duty: its first three games had the theme of World War II, the biggest conflict the planet has ever witnessed.
These first three titles did not fail to address important moments of the conflict, such as the Battle of Stalingrad, the famous D-Day and the takeover of Berlin, for example. All from the point of view of the Soviet, American and British armies.
This theme ended up being outdated and repetitive over time, but it ended up returning in two other games in the series. In Call of Duty: World at War, the focus was war that was taking place in the Pacific, something unprecedented until then, since the other titles focused on the conflicts that occurred in Europe and North Africa.
Call of Duty: WWII, released in late 2017, marked the return of this theme after an absence of several years. The game focused on Operation Overlord, which started just during D-Day.
After Call of Duty 3, Activision decided to abandon World War II as the stage for the series’ games and chose to focus on a title geared to the present day. Thus, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare emerged.
In addition, of course, to weapons and vehicles based on the present day, the plot addressed recent geopolitical and historical issues, such as the Chernobyl disaster, crisis in the Middle East, coups d’état and nationalism, for example. During the campaign, the player alternated between American (USMC) and British (SAS) special forces.
Modern Warfare won two more sequels that continued its history. A so-called “soft reboot” of this series within the franchise will be released in late October.
Between Modern Warfare 2 and 3, Activison released Call of Duty: Black Ops, which addressed a new theme within the series: the Cold War.
The game takes place between the years 1961 and 1968 and focuses on clandestine missions that CIA agents carried out in enemy territory. Black Ops takes place in several countries that stood out during this “silent” conflict, in addition to having historical figures such as John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara and Fidel Castro.
The next game in this series, Black Ops II, also takes place during the Cold War, more precisely in the 1980s. However, the title also did not fail to address a new theme.
Not so distant future
Black Ops II also takes place in the year 2025, a time when playing control David Mason, son of Alex Mason, one of the protagonists of the first game. In this way, the game has also taken the risk of exploring a future that is not so far away from us.
Within the history of Black Ops II, the world returned to live a Cold War in the year 2025 and the player has to face the threat of Raul Menendez, leader of the drug cartel of Nicaragua.
The third game in this series, Black Ops 3, takes place in 2065 and explored issues such as climate change and new technologies. Black Ops 4, recently released, takes place between the second and third games.
Another game in the series that also takes place in the near future is Call of Duty: Ghosts, released in 2013, and Advanced Warfare, from 2014, which featured actor Kevin Spacey.
Far distant future
Depending on your interpretation. you can consider 2065, the year when Black Ops goes on, distant. But we consider it close because of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
This game in the franchise takes place in the very distant future, in which the Earth has exhausted its natural resources and the nations of the planet have joined forces to initiate a space colonization. However, this did not prevent hostile forces from starting a war over the Solar System.
Because it has missions that take place in space and other planets and moons in our Solar System, the mechanics of the game are a little different. Many environments have zero gravity and the player can use a jet pack to get around. And, obviously, it has very futuristic armaments.
One of the highlights of the game is the presence of actor Kit Harington, Jon Snow from Game of Thrones, who played the villain Salen Kotch.