While the Call of Duty series may be moving away from gritty, real world set pieces, a recent trailer depicting outer space warfare is scientifically possible, according to an Activision rep.
Writing on his blog, Activision community manager Dan Amrich insists that the recent campaign trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts is 'within the realm of plausibility'.
"Telephone poles from space? It's actually more science than science fiction," Amrich wrote, regarding a scene which depicts a cylinder falling from a space platform to Earth.
"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, 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."
Released earlier this week, the campaign trailer depicts the Odin space station being taken over and used to launch attacks on the United States from space.
Call of Duty: Ghosts will release November 5 for current-gen consoles and PC. It will also launch alongside the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. According to US retailer GameStop, the title is on track to be the most pre-ordered game of 2013.
Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin said at Gamescom that Call of Duty: Ghosts will make minimal use of the new Kinect for Xbox One, though the studio remains open to more extensive implementation in the future.