The F1 track is coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
Branding collaborations are commonplace in the entertainment world. If an Audi RS7 Sportback or a Hyundai Santa Cruz pops up in a new movie, it almost seems normal. One of the most popular video gaming franchises Call of Duty just ventured into the racing world, although not in the traditional way but in the form of a fully digitized version of the Singapore Marina Bay F1 Grand Prix track.
The Call Of Duty (COD) video game franchise is gearing up for its next smash hit, Modern Warfare II (MWII) and creators Infinity Ward are looking to generate a load of hype. And, it appears they delivered by transcending video game shooters with racing fans that will be able to run missions around the famed Singapore F1 track with halo-equipped F1 cars and a Mercedes-AMG GT.
"The Modern Warfare II Beta is set to feature a robust multiplayer experience going beyond the Core 6v6 experience with a variety of meticulously designed maps... where combat occurs within the main infield of an urban race circuit, one of the 6v6 Multiplayer maps confirmed for the Beta," Infinity Ward said to Motorsport.com.
Set to release on September 16 along with a beta version of MWII that has been highly anticipated by players that suffered through the last failed Call Of Duty release called Vanguard. The Singapore Marina Bay F1 circuit has been turned into a digital warzone called the Marina Bay Grand Prix map. And the action appears to be heated as scenes from the teaser show F1 race cars on fire and COD players will be trying to shoot opposing players on what appears to be a hot track.
Since Formula 1 is a marketing machine, we were supposed to not see any visible branding or team logos on the cars or on signage. However, there are many of the Singapore F1 street circuit features like the Ferris wheel, the paddock, and skyscrapers. While COD is typically a retail hit, we expect a large turn-out for the interest levels in this F1-inspired map. Formula 1 and COD paths have crossed before when a digitized Lewis Hamilton was in the game as an NPC (non-playable character) for 2016's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Time to fire up the PC or Xbox and skip your Playstation Gran Turismo car downloads to get the new track to practice your aim before the full version drops on October 28.