Cancelled Call Of Duty: Future Warfare and Black Ops 4 footage leaked

Call Of Duty: Future Warfare looks like it would’ve been pretty good (Picture: Twitter)

As suite of Call Of Duty leaks have appeared over the weekend, not for new games but for cancelled and cut content from older titles.

Like any other long-running franchise, there have been plenty of cancelled games in Call Of Duty’s past, including such unlikely spin-offs as an entry set in Ancient Rome.

Developer Neversoft is best known for working on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Guitar Hero, but after acting as a support studio for Call Of Duty for a few years they were eventually subsumed into Infinity Ward, in 2014, and no longer exist as a separate entity.

Before that happened, they were working on a Call Of Duty game called Future Warfare and out of nowhere a 10-minute clip of the game, also codenamed NX1, has appeared online.

The clip is of a mission called Moonbase Assault and is dated as late 2011, after Neversoft had already started working as a support studio, by helping out on the original Modern Warfare 3.

At this point, a number of Call Of Duty games have been set in space but this would have been before Ghosts and Infinite Warfare. That means an Xbox 360 era game, but the graphics are very good and certainly suggest Neversoft knew what they were doing when it came to Call Of Duty.

The footage starts with you in a spacesuit trying to get into a moonbase and then rushing around as various things explode around you. It’s very linear and barely interactive, but in that classic Call Of Duty fashion.

Interestingly, it does seem to feature realistic low gravity movement, with some fun and impressive looking set pieces.

Neversoft finished around two to three campaigns before the game was scrapped, in favour of Infinity Ward’s Ghosts. Considering that game is viewed as one of the worst entries of the period it’s not clear why Activision chose it over Future Warfare.

It seems likely that elements of Future Warfare were used in Ghosts though and perhaps 2016’s Infinite Warfare as well.

Multiplayer footage of the game has also appeared online, with seven maps known to exist:Legacy Afghan, Legacy Crash, Legacy Terminal, Bin Laden’s Compound, Gladiator Assault, Merc Mode Map, and BENK.

Strangely, that wasn’t the only retro leak over the weekend, with footage of the cancelled War mode from 2018’s Black Ops 4 also appearing on Twitter.

Black Ops 4 was infamously low on content, with no story campaign, but it was supposed to have a War mode similar to that from the previous year’s Call Of Duty: WW2.

That never happened though and while the footage doesn’t show anything especially surprising, apparently the mode had multiple maps completed for it, including one set in a mountain village in Spain and a ship-breaker’s yard in Colombia.

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Although it’s unclear why Future Warfare was canned, the War mode from Black Ops 4 is assumed to be simply because Treyarch ran out of time.

The game was just as controversial as last year’s Modern Warfare 3 in its time, with plans for an extensive Zombie Chronicles 2 cut short, with additional revelations about its fate also appearing over the weekend.

Rather than being the victim of cut content though, Modern Warfare 3’s faults revolve around it originally only having been intended as DLC, with rumours suggesting it was transformed into a full price game in just 16 months.

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