Industry sources are suggesting that the next Call of Duty game will dump the mostly realistic settings of previous installments in favor of something more futuristic.
When you think of the Call of Duty series, what comes to mind? Perhaps the infamous "No Russian" level in Modern Warfare 2, or the Nazi zombies of World at War? Maybe even your first glimpse of Captain Price's magnificent moustache in the very first Call of Duty. Whatever actually tops your list, it probably isn't space marines, but that's the direction that Activision is rumored to be taking for the next game.
This little tidbit comes by way of "industry sources," and,if true, would represent a significant shift away from the territory that Infinity Ward and Treyach have established with the last seven Call of Duty games. This isn't the first rumblings of a futuristic installment of Call of Duty however, as earlier in the year, Activision registered a number of domains with names like "Space Warfare" and "Future Warfare." It's hard to tell whether those domain names are just one piece of the "Call of Duty: Space Marine Combat" puzzle, or just Activision trying to prevent other games trading off the "Modern Warfare" name with a sound-alike title, but my money is on the latter.
A Call of Duty set in space could happen, and wouldn't be the first time that the series has radically changed its setting. But there's a heck of a lot of difference between going from a World War II setting to a non-specific, but still realistic Middle Eastern setting, and dumping the real world conflict in favor of something created from whole cloth.