Activision gave a glimpse of the newest entry in their long-running FPS series, Call of Duty, to attendees of this year’s E3 expo in Los Angeles, California. Advanced Warfare, which is slated for release in November 2014. The game will be the first in the decade-long Call of Duty dynasty to be developed solely by Sledgehammer Games, who worked on 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in partnership with prior Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward, creator of the first Call of Duty game and a number of subsequent titles throughout the lifespan of the franchise.
Set in the year 2054, Advanced Warfare’s universe is one “in which technological progress and today’s military practices have converged with powerful consequences,” according to Sledgehammer’s official description of the game. The arsenal available to the player includes a number of futuristic devices such as mechanical exoskeletons, cloaking aircraft, and hover bikess as well as familiar, real-world weaponry. Taking a queue from recent FPS Titanfall, the exoskeletons in Advanced Warfare allow players to perform superhuman sprints, leaps, and dives across the battlefield, greatly changing the nature and pace of combat relative to prior Call of Duty games.
Activision’s E3 demo consisted of two levels from a pre-alpha build of Advanced Warfare. The footage highlighted the game’s realistic motion-capture and facial animation. Activation has put great effort into enhancing these cinematic aspects of the franchise, going so far as to hire actors Troy Baker and Kevin Spacey to play major roles in the single-player campaign. The second portion of the demo shifted the focus to the game’s fast-paced, scripted single-player combat. This was the first live demonstration of Advanced Warfare’s gameplay, which utilizes a largely built-from-scratch engine as opposed to the IW engine, on which almost all prior Call of Duty titles have been built. The technical capabilities of Advanced Warfare’s engine are yet unknown, although its performance in the demo reel at E3 showed off a number of enhancements to the traditional look and feel of the series, mostly aimed at adding realism to combat to support Activision’s overarching goal of turning the franchise into a more realistic, cinematic experience.
If you’re interested in checking out Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for yourself, you can watch the trailer below or on YouTube. The game is slated for official release on all current generation consoles and Windows PCs in late 2014.