Call of Duty: Ghosts campaign uses 'plausible' sci-fi concepts
by Ozzie Mejia, shacknews.com, Sep 11, 2013 3:00PM PDT
Let's face it, if Activision is kicking off a trailer with "Call of Duty IN SPAAAAAAACE," then it's probably time to toss the whole concept of realism out the window. Or is it? Activision community manager Dan Amrich insists that the campaign for Call of Duty: Ghosts is entirely plausible, pointing out that the single-player trailer's opening scene is "more science than science fiction," and is based on the oft-used science-fiction idea of kinectic bombardment.
"The concept of kinetic bombardment – nicknamed in the science and defense communities as 'Rods from God' – has been used in sci-fi stories for years by authors including Robert Heinlein, Larry Niven, and Neal Stephenson," Amrich explains on his blog (via Gamespot), "but it’s also been seriously considered by the United States Air Force as a military strike that could create mass devastation without nuclear fallout."
Amrich goes on to link to a Reddit thread about the Air Force's Project Thor, using it as an example of the Call of Duty series remaining "in the realm of plausibility."
Players will be able to judge how realistic the campaign is for themselves when Call of Duty: Ghosts releases on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U on November 5, with next-gen iterations arriving at launch time.