The announcement of the latest entry in the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has brought about an avalanche of gameplay and story details. The latest issue of Game Informer covers many of these details, including the third-person Call of Duty game that developer Sledgehammer Games was working on before its cancellation.
As reported a few days ago, Advanced Warfare will be set in a world ravaged by terrorist organizations and rogue PMCs, and will feature Hollywood heavyweight Kevin Spacey.
According to the new details in Game Informer’s May issue, this new game will be set in 2054, where the world is experiencing what Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey describes as “a global 9/11” perpetuated by a terrorist group called KVA.
Unlike all other Call of Duty games, which took place from the perspectives of various soldiers around the world, Advanced Warfare will have only one protagonist, Private Mitchell, a United States Marine, who is asked by Atlas Corporation CEO Jonathan Irons (Kevin Spacey) to leave the Marines and join his PMC.
Mitchell will be voiced by Troy Baker, who is best recognized as the Joker from Batman: Arkham Origins, Joel from The Last of Us and Booker DeWitt from Bioshock Infinite. Another Hollywood figure joining Advanced Warfare‘s all-star team is composer Harry Gregson Williams, whose musical credits include the Metal Gear Solid series and the Michael Bay classic The Rock.
No word on multiplayer is available just yet, but given the added presence of power armor-like Exoskeletons in Advanced Warfare, you can be sure that Sledgehammer and Activision are seeking to throw in powerful machinery into what many see as the Call of Duty franchise’s increasingly stale multiplayer gameplay.
Before they were assigned this latest Call of Duty game, Sledgehammer Games, which is headed by former Visceral Games member Glenn Schofield, was working on a third-person entry to the franchise that took place in a “secret war” in Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam War. The team had worked on it for around eight months before they dropped the project and turned their attention to helping develop Modern Warfare 3 and now Advanced Warfare.
According to Schofield in the Game Informer article, the game featured many sections set in underground tunnels that would have presented many suspenseful situations, much like Dead Space, which Schofield worked on when he was at Visceral Games.
At any rate, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is set to release in November 4 this year for all major platforms except the Wii U.