Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Dev Explains Why Game Isn't Sci-Fi

"I think Call of Duty resonates because it's believable and relatable," Sledgehammer Games cofounder Michael Condrey says.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is set in the future, the year 2054 to be exact, but the world you'll get to experience is not one of science fiction. That's because developer Sledgehammer Games believes the Call of Duty series is strongest when it's grounded in relatable and believable experiences and situations.

"I think Call of Duty resonates because it's believable and relatable. It's always been one of the strengths of the franchise," Sledgehammer Games cofounder Michael Condrey told Game Informer in a new interview. The future that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will offer is a future that "we can relate to, that can strike sort of a zeitgeist," he added.

When researching for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Condrey said what they discovered was happening in the real world was actually "more fantastic than even the things that we were coming up with." He stressed that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, even though it has superhuman EXO suits and mechs, is grounded in reality. "It's not that fictional leap to a science fiction world you can't relate to," Condrey said.

Also in the interview, the reporter asks if a potential Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 2 might include more sci-fi elements. Condrey and Sledgehammer Games' other founder Glen Schofield said their focus right now is on the first game, but, "We're keeping [the game world] in a place where another game can exist."

The most recent Call of Duty game, 2013's Call of Duty: Ghosts, featured a series-first alien-themed mode called Extinction. Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops series, on the other hand, is well-known for its Zombies mode that lets you blast apart enemy Nazi zombies.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches November 4 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey is playing a prominent role in the game, which runs on a new engine that Activision says is capable of delivering "near photorealistic" visuals.

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Silentkiller10
Silentkiller10

You all sound like a bunch of whiney babies. These people keep making the game because hypocrites like you keep buying the damn thing. COD, innovative or not, is one of the most successful games out there and they're going to continue to make it because they know your going to continue to buy it. Period. So get over it. If you want to make a change then don't buy the game....But we all know how that's going to turn out November 4th.

RevLux
RevLux

Sci-Fi = Fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes. 


Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare might not be what many people commonly associate with the sci-fi genre but it does meet the requirements imo.

trackles
trackles

So the Mutiny DLC is believeable O_o

wizzzer_thy_133
wizzzer_thy_133

this guy said why Call fo Duty is no Science Fiction and at the same time he explained why it IS.


like what is this fear from the idea of Sci Fi? are the dudbro demographic thinking thaT Sci Fi is too nerdy for them? this is what this dev is afraid of? so that Matt the hat tipping collar popping dudebro is going to say "DUDE, COD IZ LIKE SCI FI NAO... SO GHEYYY, i'm not buying it"... like this is what they are afraid of?


i cannot believe how much the gaming development process is governed by fear more than just about anything else.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

"I think Call of Duty resonates because it's believable and relatable,"

Can't decide if that's sarcasm, or the poor thing is just insane.

arqe
arqe

Their biggest innovation was a Dog and a Fish AI that runs away from you. And they were proud of it too.
Which same script is just a basic , 3 word code in Unity. 

They can say whaterever they want , COD is easy , same , boring , action packed FPS. Nothing more or any better than Team Fortress 2 or any other Action Ready FPS.

Nothing big about it.


crazedged
crazedged

I really want to vouch for Sledgehammer. I really do. So far, it seemed like they were doing things right. 


Then they go do something like this: throwing around so many empty words, it begins to sound like politics. 


Believable? No, more like maybe plausible.

Relatable? Really? Unless we were in the armed forces ourselves, there isn't much to relate to, now is there?

Zeitgeist?! They act like CoD will change the world as we know it! 

If Sledgehammer can make a good story, go for it. But if they continue to spew all of this self-important BS, I'll go get something like Destiny. 


It would probably be a much more worthwhile investment. 

kye-mc
kye-mc

Sick of waiting every year for a great call of duty game again, you know the type which isn't just a scripted movie 90% of the time with a fun multiplayer with maps that aren't unoriginal and boring... 

Gankstar_VX84
Gankstar_VX84

I'm sorry to be rude, again.. about CoD but I have to say. How can theese dumb fucks actually take pride in making it? how can they actually announce Innovation with a straight face? Sure I get lots of ppl like the game. but even they aren't fooled. It's like reading some dodgy propaganda text from 1946. 


S-T-F-U!


I'm starting to think the only time Childrens' Online Daycare will ever die, is if the human race gets sterilized!

Pupchu
Pupchu

"I think Call of Duty resonates because it's believable and relatable,"

ROFL

vampyricxx
vampyricxx

Another day, another call of duty.

majere613
majere613

So, this guy has just demonstrated that he has no idea what 'Science Fiction' actually is.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Call of Duty is believable and relatable? That's what I love about this site, you learn something new every day :P.

HackedLife
HackedLife

"t's not that fictional leap to a science fiction world you can't relate to"  


Scifi is a very popular genre, would people not be able to relate to it?  I was actually more interested in this CoD than I typically am for these types of games, specifically because it looked more Scifi.  But if the devs are going out of their way to convince people this isnt Scifi, I'm not that interested anymore.

ascendedcobra
ascendedcobra

This game looks good. I am looking forward to the exo suits. I hope they get rid of the jaggies this time around.

G30Rg3PSc0tT
G30Rg3PSc0tT

It has hoverbikes, therefore, sci-fi. Saying it isn't because the situation is 'believable' (which I doubt) is just daft.

TEFUKAM
TEFUKAM

Can t wait for this one looks werry good.


eternity888
eternity888

people love previous COD cuz they are simple! and not just like in these days

Trevorbangbang
Trevorbangbang

If this isn't sci fi then I'm sorry to say this Acti, but you've gone mad while competing with EA

trivolution
trivolution

Its still fiction, like every game: historical fiction, psychological fiction, horror fiction, etc..

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

"I think Call of Duty resonates because it's believable and relatable," 

suuuure, I can definitelly relate with someone who runs from falling buildings and nuclear explosions :/

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

it hasnt been believable since Call Of Duty 2 and World At War. I would agree with your statement up to MW2. Evne though Modern warfare 2 was my favourite of the new CODs. COD 4 did have some believable areas to, like the bridge scene in single player, was very much like that scene in Generation Kill Tv show. World At War and Call Of Duty 2 were probably the best COd's Activision ever publiched.


I actually played COD 2 the other day again, its awesome, why did they destroy that formula? it was epic. before you say COD is the same every game. only recently, it use to be based on historical battles. 

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

2054 huh? I don't think he truly understands the definition of Science Fiction. If it doesn't exist, it has to be made up.

kidflash2000
kidflash2000

It better be good if it took them 2 freaking years to write it.

bourne714
bourne714

Yea, because Aliens and Zombies are so believable and relatable.

teller76567
teller76567

So the time line is set 27 years after black ops 2? So this will be black ops 2.5? Witch = half life 3 confirmed?

brxricano
brxricano

Believable? Relatable? ZEITGEIST???? XD NOOOOOOOOOOOO LOL

mdign
mdign

"I think Call of Duty resonates because it's believable and relatable. It's always been one of the strengths of the franchise,"


lmao. rofl. lol q*bert.

isshiah
isshiah

Hahahahaha!


Oh, wait, you're serious? 


Hahahahaha!

xcollector
xcollector

"... was happening in the real world was actually more fantastic than even the things that we were coming up with"

  Wow! This guy is calling people fighting and dieing in real life fantastic. If you can't come up with a fictional story that is more exciting than copying boring real life you are brain dead. 

  First person shooters should be fictional and treated as such unless its a historically correct reenactment. 

  It bothers me when violence is glorified in a non fictional way.There is a difference between having fun playing tag with virtual bullets compared to glorifying killing people and being proud of it.

  And how the hell do all the preteens who play this game relate to warfare when they never had to work a day in their lives yet?

BlueRaptor7
BlueRaptor7

Did he even play his own game? CoD campaign is just one giant action movie. Believable? lol

jaoman69
jaoman69

yea our military 360 no scopes terrorists all the time. realistic my ass

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

That's okay.  Titanfall ... totally not sci-fi. It's no more sci-fi than this guy is full of it.  I'm in the midst of a 5 day waiting period for a plasma rifle myself. 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

What you mean like the totally possible 3D printing bullets and mechanical body suits?

Some of the stuff might be slightly possible right now but it is still a way off. I'd say it is a pretty good example of science-fiction.

It being science fiction is the only reason I'm even slightly interested in it anyway.

arqe
arqe

@crazedged you cannot relate youself with FPS games when you join armed forces. It'll push you out more.

Zee1027
Zee1027

@Gankstar_VX84 I saw what you did there. COD = Childrens' Online Daycare. Well played, sir. Well played.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@HackedLife If people can't relate to a sci-fi world, it's either the sci-fi world's fault or their own fault. In the latter case, I feel sorry for them. However, the world's fastest selling game ever, GTA V, is based in a contemporary setting and I believe that is a huge part of its appeal. There is a huge demand for that setting in video games, so I won't say that people are wrong for wanting a present-day-setting.

RevLux
RevLux

@G30Rg3PSc0tT  Had he simply looked up the definition of "Sci-Fi he would have discovered that his game meets all the qualifications for the genre.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@G30Rg3PSc0tT Yeah, it seems that they just don't want to scare off people who thinks that sci-fi is silly and uninteresting, because they can't relate to it. That's stupid, but understandable since a company wants as many potential customers as possible.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@PETERAKO Everyone in my neighborhood looks like that guy with his back turned, veiny arms and everything. Yeah, that's so relatable.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@brxricano My awkward-buzzword-meter just imploded, because of all the empty words he said.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@isshiah It doesn't matter who we are, what matters is our plan: to say ridiculous things, empty words that defy logic and see how many we can fool into believing them.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

They're talking about the story and content you tards, no MP CRAP PPL DO WHEN THEY're bored.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@jaoman69 They also drop shot terrorist.  I've read it myself on the internet and they can't put anything on the internet that isn't true.  I read that on the internet too.  

Pupchu
Pupchu

@Rayzakk  should have gone with the lightsaber. shorter shipping

crazedged
crazedged

Actually, yeah that makes more sense.