Hoverbikes! Hovertanks! Mechs! Exoskeletons!
Welcome back, everyone. I hope that you're bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after enjoying the second bank holiday of the month -- did you manage to paint the shed this time? -- and ready to cram five days of work into four days at the office.
Especially since the US didn't have a holiday and kept pumping out info that we've now got to cover - starting with Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Activision revealed new story and gameplay details over the weekend, not to mention a clutch of futuristic screenshots to back up their impressive debut trailer. We've got it all after the break.
Activision's reveal release contains lots of enthusiastic waffle, which we thought you might like to read. “We’ve made several key decisions with an eye towards creative excellence on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” said Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. “We’ve really approached this game differently. This is our first three-year development cycle. It’s our first time with Sledgehammer Games at the creative helm. And we’re shaking up the formula in several ways."
A good start. Strong fundamentals, excellent tub-thumping rhetoric, no spelling mistakes or any actual info. Let's continue.
“New core gameplay mechanics with the exoskeleton suit. A riveting new story. An iconic new character played by one of the world’s best actors in Kevin Spacey. We’re having a lot of fun making this game, and we think the world is going to have even more fun playing it.”
This sounds like flam, but actually references the fact that Kevin Spacey mmmmmmyesss. Also the fact that our new protagonist -- voiced by Troy Baker, no less -- wears an exoskeleton suit that shakes up the series' core mechanics. We'll now be able to leap and grapple onto high platforms in more vertical stages, cloak and "command tactical freedom in any terrain."
Sounds better than clever fish, no?
Story-wise, the 2054 setting provides all manner of scope for futuristic vehicles and technology (yes, tanks and bikes hover now, obviously), as a massive PMC steps up to lead a shattered humanity back to prosperity after a devastating global attack. Which they probably caused, let's face it, because they're a PMC and Kevin Spacey is the head honcho.
"Empowered with new, cutting-edge exoskeleton abilities, technological advancements and high-tech gear, players join the ranks of a highly-trained, specialized unit committed to restoring order in a state of advanced warfare."
Graphically we can expect the same engine, but with some new bells and whistles including improved performance capture.
But what else is new? What else can we expect from Advanced Warfare this Christmas? If only Activision provided me with a useful bulletpoint list of features that I could lazily post here before getting back to my current review...
An Advanced World:
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare takes place in a plausible future in which technological progress and today’s military practices have converged with powerful consequences.
- In this carefully researched and crafted vision of the future, Private Military Corporations (PMCs) have become the dominant armed forces for countless nations outsourcing their military needs, redrawing borders and rewriting the rules of war.
- And Jonathan Irons, the founder and president of the world’s largest PMC – Atlas Corporation – is at the center of it all.
An Advanced Soldier:
- Powerful exoskeletons evolve every aspect of a soldier’s battle readiness, enabling combatants to deploy with an advanced lethality and eliminating the need for specialization.
- The introduction of this gameplay mechanic delivers enhanced player movement and verticality through boost jumps and grappling, covert cloaking abilities, and biomechanics that provide unparalleled strength, awareness, endurance, and speed.
- With the advent of the exoskeleton and newly advanced armor and weaponry, every soldier commands tactical freedom in any terrain unlike ever before, fundamentally changing the way gamers play Call of Duty across all modes.
An Advanced Arsenal:
- Harnessing the power of next-gen platforms, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brings players into the battlegrounds of the future by boasting a new hi-tech, advanced arsenal and ability set, arming players with all-new equipment, technology, perks, and vehicles like hoverbikes and highly specialized drones.
- Players can also choose between standard ammunition and an all-new class of directed-energy weaponry that enables totally new gameplay dynamics.
- And with exoskeletons delivering a massive force multiplier and unprecedented tactical freedom, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare evolves every firefight.
As usual, Microsoft snagged timed exclusivity rights, so expect DLC first on Xbox platforms.
Will Advanced Warfare be the shot in the arm the series needs - and the 'next-gen' experience Ghosts couldn't be? Or is it a case of same shooter, different day? Sound off in the comments.