Back before every Call of Duty game was a multimedia event that rivaled any other IP in all the land, we had a time when Call of Duty was a juggernaut, but games deep into development still weren’t sure things. Enter NX1, the supposed game that was originally in the place of Call of Duty: Ghosts. An X/Twitter account by the name of Mangafigurines posted a two-minute video of a mission from NX1. Check it out below.

The footage shows off an explosive moon mission in zero-gravity conditions. After so many games that were focused heavily on the Modern Warfare or World War II side of things, this was a departure from the formula. Brian Bright, multiplayer lead on the game from Neversoft confirmed in the comments that the footage was real and from NX1. After Infinity Ward imploded from the inside after the departure of leads Vince Zampella and Jason West, Neversoft took up the mantle of making a new Call of Duty game.

“This mission was on the moon, some experiments with low g and was really about the team learning the engine. We were making GH games on our THPS [Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater] engine prior.”

Brian Bright

According to Bright, Neversoft had completed two or three campaign missions and some multiplayer work before the game’s eventual cancelation.

Another video of gameplay was posted later, this one at 10 minutes long.

Multiplayer footage of the game leaked from a different account, showing off what we could expect.

The multiplayer footage shows off a map called Sandstorm and the game mode is Escort. Bright had more to say about this in the comments.

“We didn’t have much of an art team on MP at the time, so the level designers used mainly MW2 assets. This map allowed for Escort mode gameplay, where teams would push a large UGV through the map’s checkpoints. The UGV had a trophy system on it.”

Brian Bright

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This new footage calls to light a choice for the Call of Duty franchise. They went into more advanced/futuristic territory with their following games like Ghosts, Advanced Warfare, Infinite Warfare, and others. NX1 being made by Neversoft would have injected some new blood into the series, and might have changed the course of the series forever. Now we’re sort of languishing in a Modern Warfare dominated landscape.

Neversoft went on to be absorbed into Infinity Ward in 2014 to form a super studio, after West and Zampella leaving gutted the team. Now, Infinity Ward is among three plus companies that work together making Call of Duty games like Treyarch, Sledgehammer, Raven Software, and Beenox. All of them work in tandem on WarZone and other games.

These leaks show off a side of the series that we don’t normally get to see in this age of information we’re in.

So, what do you think of the leaked Call of Duty game, NX1?

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