Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was a roaring success. It’s not shocking to hear that other reboots might be on the way. According to unverified rumors on Reddit, Call of Duty: Black Ops might be getting a reboot this year.
You have to question the creative integrity of a series that has run so far out of ideas that it reboots itself numerous times. The developers are panicking and defaulting to a point when the games were still good.
Unfortunately, it’s probably going to work out.
Back in the day, it was easy to dismiss Call of Duty but not because it was bad. It was just so insanely popular that everyone tried to copy it. It became so pervasive that it was, frankly, annoying.
Every game was an FPS, and they were almost all set in modern times. Then Call of Duty: Black Ops bucked that trend. It was still an FPS, but it was set during the cold war, it had an exciting story, and it included Zork in the menu as an easter egg.
It even updated the zombies mini-game from World At War. That became a decent game in its own right and launched itself into an insanely popular aside to the main game. There was a lot to love about Call of Duty: Black Ops.
That doesn’t mean we should reboot it.
It would be one thing to remake Call of Duty: Black Ops. I’d love another chance at experiencing the storyline and hanging out with Viktor Reznov again, but with modern graphics. Hell, I’d just like a remake of the zombies’ mode if I’m honest.
But, a soft reboot seems like a terrible idea. From the few scant details we have about it, we know the story would be different. None of the previously playable characters would be playable anymore. God knows what would happen to Resnov, arguably the most iconic character in the game.
Let’s just hope that these rumors are untrue. If we’re lucky, Call of Duty: Blacks Ops will just be a remake, not a reboot. Unless they do a great job with a reboot. But, I’m too pessimistic to see that as a possibility.