When in doubt, get Kevin Spacey in.
The first trailer for Sledgehammer Games' instalment of Activision's yearly cash cow is in, and it bestows a sparkly new subtitle on this year's game, as well as giving us a look at what Advanced Warfare actually means.
It means drones. Lots of drones. And the Golden Gate Bridge being blown up a whole bunch of times.
Spacey is heading up the cast for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, playing the role of a the head of a PMC prepared to go toe-to-toe with the US government. Imagine Frank Underwood with slightly less of a drawl and slightly more guns at his back. Lots of guns, in fact, and some highly trained personnel to use them. This might be the first time I've actually been excited for a Call of Duty plot in some time. It might still be overblown hokum, but I'm not sure Spacey's ever given a bad performance in anything.
Alright, K-PAX was pretty crap, but Spacey was still pretty good in it.
The trailer suggests that Sledgehammer are going for a spot of futuristic bombast, with setpieces galore glimpsed in the two-minute runtime. As well as flinging UAVs skywards, there seem to be parkour elements in there, a bunch of hoverbikes for the mandatory vehicle section, gloves that allow you to climb sheer surfaces, crazy mega jumps. It's like Modern Warfare had a baby with Halo. Call of Duty: Combat Evolved! (Too ligitious! - Ed.)
Trailers are designed to grab the attention, and Sledgehammer's gone and done just that, but this is just the first step. You have our eyes and ears, Sledgehammer, now let's have some juicy info please! As it happens, I don't think we've got long to wait.