Michael Phelps Is a Badass Gunslinger in 'Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare' Spot

Danny McBride Also Appears in Ad Playing on 2016's 'Terrible News'

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Oct 26, 2016

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Could 2016's news headlines get any more ridiculous? In Activision's trailer for the upcoming "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare," they do. The spot takes its inspiration from what an arguably "terrible" year we've had so far, with humans (including Olympian Michael Phelps in a cameo) escaping Earth to fight in space.

The spot, which broke last night during the NBA opening game, opens with a young guy listening to a news report on how 2016 has been "one of the worst years in decades, according to social media polls." He notices headlines including "Canada Builds Wall" and "Europe Leaves EU" and hears how a moderator punched a presidential candidate in the face. "Screw this, let's go to space," he says, and everyone takes flight for a big shoot-out in the sky, set to Guns N' Roses' bombastic "Welcome to the Jungle." Phelps (who is a big "Call of Duty" gamer in real life) is one of those who appears playing the game alongside comedian Danny McBride.

Created by 72andSunny, the spot was directed by Peter Berg at Pony Show Entertainment (who has helmed previous "Call of Duty" spots including 2011's extravaganza starring Jonah Hill.) MPC is responsible for the VFX.

"Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare" will debut worldwide Nov. 4, with the story extending the franchise's action beyond Earth for the first time.

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Oct 26, 2016
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