The Untold Story of Call of Duty’s Cancelled Project NX1

31 January 2024


Published: 31st January 5:46PM

Uncovering the Mystery Behind NX1

In the expansive universe of Call of Duty, a project codenamed NX1, developed by Neversoft, promised to revolutionize the franchise with a futuristic setting but was ultimately shelved. This article delves into what NX1 was, its potential impact, and why it never saw the light of day.

The Genesis of NX1

Internally known as NX1, this ambitious project was spearheaded by Neversoft. Neversoft is a studio renowned for its Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero series, during the Xbox 360 era. The revelation of this cancelled CoD project comes from CharlieIntel, confirmed by Brian Bright, a former developer at Neversoft.

NX1 Call of Duty Developers tweet

A Glimpse into the Future

NX1 aimed to transport players to an unprecedented sci-fi setting within the Call of Duty universe. Leaked footage showcased a “Moonbase Assault” level, highlighting a first-person cinematic scene with a character rushing to a base on the moon amidst an attack. The futuristic theme extended to multiplayer modes, with one map named “Sandstorm” depicting a ruined desert city battle.

Neversoft’s Vision for CoD

After several key developers from Infinity Ward left to form Respawn Entertainment, Neversoft embarked on creating NX1. Moving away from Guitar Hero, the team sought to explore a futuristic CoD title. According to Bright, the project included low-gravity experiments on the moon and was a learning curve for the team with the CoD engine.

The Project’s Untimely Demise

Despite the promising start and the development of several campaign missions and multiplayer modes, NX1 was cancelled. Bright speculated that NX1 could have been a precursor to Call of Duty: Ghosts or a project that aimed to introduce firsts in the franchise, like the multiplayer escort mode later seen in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

NX1 and Its Legacy

Though NX1 never progressed beyond its initial stages, its concept and leaked footage resonate with elements from Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The project’s cancellation remains a “what if” in the CoD saga, suggesting paths the franchise could have explored.

Conclusion: The Echoes of What Could Have Been

The story of NX1 is a fascinating glimpse into the creative processes behind one of gaming’s most enduring franchises. While NX1 might never be a playable reality, its ambitious vision and the glimpses of gameplay that have emerged contribute to the rich tapestry of Call of Duty’s development history.

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