“I’m tired of the same characters/timeline”: Call of Duty: Black Ops Gulf War is Reportedly Featuring the Comeback of a Surprising Character, and Fans aren’t Happy

Fans are unhappy with the rumored return of a classic Call of Duty villain in Call of Duty: Black Ops Gulf War.

"I'm tired of the same characters/timeline": Call of Duty: Black Ops Gulf War is Reportedly Featuring the Comeback of a Surprising Character, and Fans aren't Happy

SUMMARY

  • Recent rumors suggest the return of Raul Menendez to the Call of Duty franchise.
  • The character was the main villain in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 released in 2012.
  • Fans are tired of going back to an established timeline and wants something new.
Show More
Featured Video

Call of Duty is one of the most successful video game franchises and Activision always finds a way to milk it once a year. This year’s CoD will take players back to the Black Ops era and titled it Call of Duty: Black Ops Gulf War but it may feature one character that fans are tired of.

Advertisement

It is rumored that Raul Menendez, the classic Black Ops 2 villain, will be appearing later this year and the gaming community is not a fan of it. To be fair, the franchise was never the most linear but fans are hoping to see something new rather than reusing older characters.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Gulf War May feature a Classic Villain

Call of Duty: Black Ops Gulf War will be released later this year.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Gulf War will be released later this year.

Although nothing is confirmed, some fans are already upset about a rumor of one old character returning. The continuity of the franchise is something fans are very protective of and with the recent attempts of Activision to reboot some aspects of it like the new Modern Warfare trilogy, it would seem that Black Ops Cold War and its sequel are connected to the older Black Ops games.

Advertisement

Comment
byu/FreezingCandIe from discussion
inCallOfDuty

These games are usually bombarded with negative comments regarding the content, performance issues, and how the executives are running the company but this one complaint is solely about the in-game universe which can be refreshing. Nostalgia is not the best safety net for the long term, eventually, Treyarch will have to try something different to appeal to a new audience and not rely on the success of yesterday.

Perhaps Treyarch and Activision are getting way too comfortable with the past success the franchise had during that era but it should also be a wake-up call to the higher-ups that not everyone is keen on seeing characters that already had their fair share of attention and should stay behind and make room for something new and different.

Advertisement

Fans Are on the Fence With Call of Duty: Black Ops Gulf War

Reintroducing older characters to a new audience may be the wrong step forward for Call of Duty.
Reintroducing older characters to a new audience may be the wrong step forward for Call of Duty.

The history of the game franchise has been messy and been passed on from one hand to another, and each developer left a significant mark on it. Black Ops is one of the few successes Treyarch had which is probably the reason why the company is leaning heavily towards it and is quick to use older concepts and characters but it could lead to its downfall if used too frequently.

If the developers can come up with a distinctive and imaginative approach to include the classic villain in the Gulf War storyline without resorting to fan service, it would address all the complaints and concerns that have been raised. It is crucial to find a way that seamlessly integrates Raul Menendez into the plotline and enhances the overall narrative.

Nostalgia could pique the interest of fans but it can’t save any franchise, not for long at least. It is high time for Treyarch to embrace change and come up with something different for the sake of the franchise.

Advertisement

Are you worried about seeing older characters like Raul Menendez in Call of Duty: Black Ops Gulf War? Let us know in the comments section below!

Avatar

Written by Rouvin Josef Quirimit

Articles Published: 520

Rouvin is deeply fascinated by pop culture media ranging from comics, movies, TV shows and especially video games with a rich narrative.