It appears there were at least a half-dozen people who missed the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer reveal, perhaps because they were so caught-up in the fact that an all-new COD game is coming this year. We all knew Activision would release a new Call of Duty game, but seeing the next chapter go in a different direction so soon is a bit surprising.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will ship on Nov. 4 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Activision did not mention an Xbox 360 or PS3 version, leading some gamers to believe no “last-gen” version will be available. However, if you look into getting your COD: Advanced Warfare pre-order from Amazon, you’ll see versions for those systems available as well. With that said, it may be a good idea to pre-order it now for Xbox 360 and PS3 using the link above to show Activision your support for those platforms via pre-order volumes.
“We’ve made several key decisions with an eye towards creative excellence on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We’ve really approached this game differently,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “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.”
So, how is the gameplay model changing? For starters, there are some new core gameplay mechanics with the exoskeleton suit.
Set in the year 2054, a private military corporation (PMC) has emerged with the power to rescue humanity from a devastated world struggling to rebuild after a global attack on its military and infrastructure. You are the advanced soldier. 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.
COD: Advanced Warfare is not to be confused with Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter games, although their concepts and titles are undeniably similar. Any bets on which game(s) will be more successful? Our money’s on Activision’s billion-dollar franchise running GRAW roughshod.
COD: Advanced Warfare will include “an iconic new character” played by Kevin Spacey. You can see Spacey’s digital self in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer below. He appears at about the 27-second mark.
The Amazon.com observation above is confounded by conflicting messages about the game’s current-gen status. Indeed, just watching the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer above shows a focus on next-gen, as the footage was all captured on Xbox One.
In addition, when announcing the game, Activision said “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is being developed specifically for next gen consoles and PC. … This is the first iteration of publisher Activision’s expanded three-year development cycle allowing the debut lead title from Sledgehammer Games an added year of studio development. With the expanded production capabilities, Sledgehammer Games is able to create an astonishing new, next generation experience, featuring an array of technical advancements from the sights and sounds that create a near photo-realistic world unlike any Call of Duty before, to new performance capture and facial animation technologies that deliver lifelike characters, to a rich and immersive story that brings the fiction to life.
Clearly Activision’s focused on the next-gen systems. Considering the company’s long-standing relationship with Microsoft, it’s also showing very visible support for Xbox One at a crucial time.
But retail doesn’t lie, and Amazon shows Xbox 360 and PS3 versions clearly coming on Nov. 4. It would also be foolish to ignore the Xbox 360 and PS3 considering their install bases compared to those of the PS4 and Xbox One. Yes, the PS4 is selling like hotcakes, but its install base — and thus potential COD: Advanced Warfare buyers — are still far outnumbered by “last-gen” console owners.
What’s your theory? Did Activision just give an odd “timed exclusive” to a next-gen announcement, and we’ll see Xbox 360 and PS3 versions announced soon (perhaps at E3)? Or is Activision really making a sole bet on the next-gen systems, sales potential be damned? Let us know in the comments section below.