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Zombies are coming to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (update)

A first for Infinity Ward

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

This year's Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, will include a Zombies mode, publisher Activision confirmed today. It will be the first time developer Infinity Ward has included that mode in one of its Call of Duty games.

Activision and Infinity Ward didn't have much in the way of detail on Infinite Warfare's take on the undead, other than to say it will be "an original cooperative Zombies mode that takes players on a wild ride through a new storyline with unique gameplay features and mechanics."

Infinity Ward's most recent effort, Call of Duty: Ghosts, featured a cooperative multiplayer component called Extinction, in which players battled aliens known as Cryptids in a survival-style mode. The developer also shied away from implementing zombies in its previous game, Modern Warfare 3, opting for a wave-based co-op mode called Spec Ops.

Treyarch introduced zombies to Call of Duty with 2008's Call of Duty: World at War. Since then, a variation of Zombies mode has been featured in each of Treyarch's Black Ops games and in titles from other Call of Duty developers. Sledgehammer featured futuristic "Exo Zombies" in 2014's Advanced Warfare, pictured above.

Call of Duty's Zombies modes often feature the acting talents of well-known Hollywood actors. Past games have featured the likes of Jeff Goldbum, Heather Graham, John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund, Danny Trejo and Michael Rooker.

For more details on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, check out today's announcement.

Update: Infinity Ward talked a bit more about Infinite Warfare's Zombies mode during a livestream today, saying the co-op mode will be set in "its own completely different universe" separate from the game's campaign. The developer also offered the first teaser image for Infinite Warfare's Zombies mode which you can see below.

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