Call of Duty 2016 to be set in space, warring sci-fi groups: Will it beat Black Ops 3 series?
Call of Duty 2016 to be set in space, warring sci-fi groups: Will it beat Black Ops 3 series?

2016 is going to be an exciting year for the fans of sci-fi shooting games with new titles in the offing. With reports of new Battlefield, Titanfall and Gears of War games coming this year, fresh rumours from reliable sources hint at the development of the next Call of Duty series that suggest space combats in the far-flung future.

The news broke out after a reputed industry source, Shinobi, responded to another gamer on popular gaming forum NeoGAF, claiming the new Call of Duty game this year bring "space combat" and "full on sci-fi." Shinobi emphasised on the futuristic nature of the upcoming title by comparing it with the current Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

"This makes Black Ops 3 feel like the stone age," Shinobi wrote hinting at the new Call of Duty game. "Metaphorically of course."

Shinobi has a track record of accurately speculating what to expect from game publishers. Even before the Black Ops 3 had launched, Shinobi had speculated that the title would feature new wall-running abilities, characters with robotic limbs and cybernatics, which turned out to be true. Shinobi's prediction about the game being developed for Xbox 360 and PS3 proved to be right.

Eurogamer separately confirmed the new COD title would take the sci-fi route and feature space battles.

With so much evidence pointing towards the new Call of Duty game being out of this world, literally, there is nothing official on these lines. It was recently confirmed that the new first-person shooter game would be developed by Infinity Ward and that the game would simply be called "Call of Duty 2016," or "COD 2016."

The previous COD titles were developed by Treyarch in 2015 (Call of Duty: Black Ops 3) and Sledgehammer Games before that (Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare). Infinity Ward is familiar with COD franchise, as it was behind the development of "Call of Duty 2," "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare," "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," "Call of Duty: Classic," "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" and the most recent one, 2013's "Call of Duty: Ghosts."

Recent reports of the NPD sales crowned Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 as the bestselling video game in North America last year. It remains to be seen if Infinity Ward's new approach would bring similar excitement among its fans and gamers.

The new Call of Duty series is expected to be launched in November this year for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Earlier this month, Activision confirmed that the Call of Duty gameplay debut is set for E3 2016 in June.