Activision Blizzard is back at it again and the latest Call of Duty entry has thrown its first punch. This is the first title in the new “three year cycle” for Call of Duty games. Basically, what that means is there are three developers at all times currently dedicated to making a Call of Duty game every three years. On this cycle, a new one releases every single year. Is that insane? Absolutely. Is it working? You be the judge.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the second title (and CoD title) from developer Sledgehammer Games, one of the three developers. While it was supposed to drop on Sunday, May 4th, with a big marketing campaign, naturally it was leaked early. Sledgehammer Games made Modern Warfare 3, which wasn’t half bad. Not great, but not bad.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brings things to a different type of scenario. The game takes place in the year 2054 after militaries are weakened worldwide. PMCs (Private Military Corporations) rule the world. You might know them better as mercenaries. What makes PMCs so terrifying is not only are there so many of them, but the only people they answer to is whoever pays them the most money. They have no allegiance. In 2014, they are very much a real thing, so I can only imagine the level they will play them up 40 years from now. I’m going to assume Atlas helped destroy the militaries of the world. Only time will tell. We will play (allegedly) as a soldier named Private Mitchell, who is voiced by Troy Baker of Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us fame. He works for the largest PMC in the world, Atlas. Atlas is controlled by a man named Jonathan Irons. Irons is played by the legendary Kevin Spacey, who seems to oddly adapt a bit from his Frank Underwood role on House of Cards.
While I’m sure a lot of people want to compare this game to Titanfall, it looks drastically different to me. Activision promises an entirely new gameplay mechanic through an exo-skeleton suit. I’m excited to see what they do with stuff like this. One of my favorite movies last year was Elysium, which featured three mercenaries from a PMC hunting down Matt Damon’s character. They had a lot of ridiculous military equipment and this game clearly seems influenced by this futuristic technology.
I walk a thin line when it comes to Call of Duty games but I have to say I was thoroughly blown away by the trailer. For a little bit, I honestly thought that was a live action Kevin Spacey when the trailer started. I mean look at those graphics. With all engines being pushed for current gen and PC, I am super excited to see this game in action. Everything from the cinematics to the weapons look amazing. As somebody who is in the 1% of people who plays Call of Duty for the campaigns, this entire trailer had me sold. Advanced Warfare releases November 4th, 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Check out a pretty rad segment VICE did with Activision about PMCs below: