Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is only a few short months away and we got the chance to speak to Infinity Ward's Lee Ross about the game's zombie mode, Zombies in Spaceland, following the recent reveal trailer (which you can see below).
First, we asked Ross why he thought zombies were so popular. "I think the mode is just a lot of fun. All the way back from World at War, just being a little Easter egg, this thing has grown into something massive, full of Easter eggs of its own, great story, great characters, it's just a real fun thing to experience".
He also went on to discuss the context of the zombie mode in this game. "So we're taking players back on a trip to the 1980s and we're going to have players run around in a theme park full of interactive games and rides to play with".
The gameplay, though, mixes the old with the new: "You're still opening doors, you're still buying weapons off the wall, but there are new additions. There are things like the Afterlife Arcade where we keep players engaged the entire time, so if you die and bleed out you have the ability to get spawned in an arcade where you can play games, earn points and buy yourself back into gameplay".
Dwelling on Spaceland a little bit more, Ross said "Spaceland is a 1980s-themed theme park. It's full of park attractions and a rollercoaster that you can actually hop onto and ride. There's an arcade within it where you can play classic Activision Atari 2600 games like Pitfall 2. There's basketball, there's Skee ball, there's a lot of different things you can interact with, and it's kind of themed differently with each location that you break into".
We also discussed characters as well. "There are some familiar faces. So rounding out our cast we have Paul Reubens who's playing Willard Wyler who's our overarching villain, we have David Hasselhoff who you can see at the end of the trailer who's the park DJ, so he's sort of the voice of the park.
"We have Ike Barinholtz who's playing the Jock, Sasheer Zamata who's playing the Valley Girl, Jay Pharoah who's playing the Rapper, and of course Seth Green who's playing our Nerd".
These actors join what is already an impressive cast for the game already, with Game of Thrones' Kit Harington being a notable example.
The weapons on Call of Duty's zombie modes have always been crazy and so we couldn't resist asking about what fans can expect in that regard too.
"Lot's of crazy weapons", Ross said. "A lot of the stuff you'll see in campaign or multiplayer are making their way over, but we also have some zombies exclusives. I think in the trailer you saw the Forge Freezer which is you freeze zombies with this weapon then you can shatter them into pieces. We also have the Facemelter which is one of the Spaceland zappers. When you shoot a zombie with this they turn into a rocket, blast off and explode into fireworks above players".
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Zombies in Spaceland will be launching on November 4 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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