Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
SLEDGEHAMMER GAMES GETTING READY TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE
The biggest deal in video games make sits return this November.
Developer: Sledgehammer Games Publisher: Activision Available: November 04, 2014 Format(s): PS4, Xbox One, PS3, X360, Windows
In the eleven years since the Call of Duty franchise made its debut, the series has gone on to smash just about every record sales record in the book, from biggest entertainment opening weekend through to most sales of a video game, the Activision juggernaut doesn’t seem like it’s about to slow down any time soon.
Despite this success, the publisher has decided to change its approach, starting with this November’s Advanced Warfare. For the first time in the series’ history development duties will now be split across three studios, with Sledgehammer Games in charge this year, which buys an additional 12 months each for series stalwarts Infinity Ward and Treyarch to work on their next installments.
Rather than being an off-the-cuff decision by the publisher though, this is a decision that’s been a long time in the making. The storyline for Advanced Warfare has taken more than two years to complete, and the studio has called upon the considerable acting abilities of none other than Kevin Bacon to help fulfil its vision for a campaign it hopes can be as successful as hit TV show Game of Thrones.
Rather than dropping the series into the uncharted waters of high fantasy (although that’d be a sight to behold), the focus is on realism this time around, and stepping ever so slightly away from the path tread by last year’s effort, Ghosts. Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey explained the decision at the game’s unveiling, saying “I think Call of Duty resonates because it’s believable and relatable. It’s always been one of the strengths of the franchise.”
Despite that, the fact that the game is set in the year 2054 has meant that the studio can focus on emerging battlefield technologies, allowing it to make an attempt to predict how war will be fought in the future; and that vision will include both EXO suits, hoverbikes and mechs, on top of an assortment of futuristic weapons including one that 3D prints its own ammo. The game’s story will also mirror many predictions of the future of combat, focusing on private military contractors and their role in the armed governance of established and emerging nations. The narrative will no doubt be helped by the presence of Bacon’s Jonathon Irons, CEO of Atlas Corporation and, from what we know to date, a pretty nasty individual out to grab as much power as he can – and he’ll be joined by emerging voice acting star Troy Baker, whose resume boasts starring roles in recent blockbuster titles like The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite and Batman: Arkham Origins.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will hit PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows on November 4th, running on an all-new engine specifically built to take advantage of next gen platforms.