Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Dev Hoping for a Modern Warfare-Style "New Era"

Sledgehammer wants to "try and capture that same feeling" seen in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

The release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007 was not only a major moment for the series and publisher Activision, but the industry as a whole--it's proven to be one of the most influential games of the last decade. With three years of work going into this year's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the game's developer is hoping to create something similarly special.

"We looked back at the history of Call of Duty, and I don't know if you remember when Modern Warfare came out, for those of us in the industry who weren't at Activision at the time, it really blew us away," said Sledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield in an interview with Official Xbox Magazine. "To us it really ushered in a new era of Call of Duty," he continued. "It puts you in the shoes of a Tier 1 soldier, in the Middle East--it was realistic, the sound, the audio, the look of it was just unbelievable. We wanted to try and capture that same feeling in this game."

"We're really trying to usher in something pretty special here." -- Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey

It's easy to forget now, both because it's been the better part of a decade and because Call of Duty has been such a huge part of the industry ever since, but prior to Call of Duty 4, the series wasn't the big deal it is today. Of the series' early games, Call of Duty 2, in particular, was acclaimed for its take on World War II, but back then it was Halo that was still viewed by many as the predominant first-person shooter on the market. That all changed with Call of Duty 4, which moved the series to the modern day and established the franchise as one of the biggest the games industry has ever seen.

Schofield is arguably putting a lot of pressure on Advanced Warfare by bringing up what some feel remains Call of Duty's best game, but fellow Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey also has high expectations, as he said, "[W]e're really trying to usher in something pretty special here."

"The full three years gave us the time to develop the technology, to focus on the creative, to do the research, to really maximize the experience, and again to push this new generation, to get every last ounce of horsepower out of it, and not to be in any way constrained by tech or in terms of ideas, by the previous generation of hardware," Condrey said.

This is the first time a new generation of consoles has come along since Call of Duty hit it big, as well as the first time Sledgehammer has led development on a title. Last year's Call of Duty: Ghosts was released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in addition to last-generation systems, but Advanced Warfare is being built with the former more firmly in mind.

Its developer hasn't shied away from building up excitement for the game prior to this, either; we know it wants a Red Wedding-level moment, and, ahead of the event earlier this month, Sledgehammer said Advance Warfare's showing at E3 would be "incredibly special." Whether or not you feel it lived up to that claim, what we have seen does look promising, and we know the story (which took more than two years to write) is a point of emphasis.

Advance Warfare is scheduled for release on November 4 on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. (The last-gen versions are being made by High Moon Studios.) For more, check out our latest preview.

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souprice86
souprice86

maybe the future titles will be "Call of Emergency" nt

uraveragegamer
uraveragegamer

Im down to buy this game aslong as they keep the offline multiplayer bots & throw in a few new modes for it.

For me offline gameplay is where its at. Online just doesn't do it for me anymore. To many kids (Squeekers), Campers, Fouled mouth sick people with perverted Icons like in the Black Ops series & a lot of racism.

Offline bots is more enjoyable. Good old fashion clean fun on hardcore difficulty with no annoying people to ruin it lol.

nintendians
nintendians

the 1st time I play call of duty 4, I didn't like it, controls was different from what I play during the n64 days but in time I started to like the controls, the controller button layout was very good, starting to play the default layout and sometime mistakenly press the right stick down, so I switch to tactical layout because I was playing perfect dark zero back then and ever since every call of duty from 4 and up, I still play like the same and it has better sensitivity which I like more than others fps. well from call of duty 4 to ghosts, the call of duty series just went from fun (I'm a rusher, but not if I was sniping) to being kind of boring, the modern warfare series for me was better, liked mw3 a bit more because It has better killstreaks and have strike packages and the maps and dlc maps is okay, not counting the previous map from previous mw series, treyarch's cod video games that they made: waw, bo and bo2 was decent and ghosts was the worst online multiplayer I ever experience, bad spawn spots, either teammate sucked so badly and differently no anti-air kill streak (yea, air superior sucks) and a quick emp kill streak should have replace ground jammer for it. if call of duty: advanced warfare could be like cod4 and better strike package for multiplayer, I still going to play it, but as this year it is to bad that I might skip on/or if one of my brothers buy it, because there other good games I like coming out for the wii u and no I'm not very rich at all.

giggedyguy
giggedyguy

In MW1 I HATED the VO spam. No way to turn it off. Constant yabbering over enemy air strikes every 30 seconds in some maps where they happened frequently. It is the whole reason I stopped playing it. As for Advanced Warfare, I DON"T want another Crysis 2 & 3 magical suit power gimmick. And leave the wall-running to Titanfalll where it belongs.

LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

if he's talking about he feel of the single-player....nobody cares.

dementedseptin
dementedseptin

COD MW1 vs COD MW2 vs BLOPS2 vs Ghost

CoDMW1
Maps: Perfected Size
Camp: Non-Camper Friendly
Weapons: Most Balanced
Perks: Perfect except 2 Flawed Perks (Martydom and Jugger) 
Killstreaks: 3 Kill Streaks (Perfect)
Pace: Mid-Fast
Spawn: Good


COD MW2
Maps: Great Maps (Except Derail)
Camp: Semi-Camper Friendly
Weapons: Semi-Unbalanced
Perks: 1/3 were Flawed
Killstreaks: Bad and OP (Promoted Camping) +10
Pace: Fast-Very Fast
Spawn System: Bad

BLOPS 2
Maps: Good Maps (Small or Tight)
Camp: Camper Friendly (Mostly)
Weapons: Unbalanced
Perks: Near Perfect
Killstreaks: OP 10+
Pace: Very Fast
Spawn System: Bad


Ghost
Maps: Worst Maps (Horribly set up)
Camp: Completely Camper Friendly
Weapons: Semi-Balanced
Perks: Perfect
Killstreaks: OP 10+
Pace: Slow-Fast
Spawn System: Bad




Overall: MW1 Was the best out of the 4, which is also best along side CoD2


gunnmetal
gunnmetal

i think im gonna give it a try will be the first cod i buy since black ops 2 

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

I am a big Battlefield fan but I have to give it to them, Advanced Warfare looks leagues ahead of Hardline, I don't think there will be a competition this year.

peterpoythress
peterpoythress

I have a question. Obviously, several of you dislike the series. But WHAT IS IT YOU WANT IN THE GAME? Realism? New guns? New maps? New loading screens? I mean honestly; what do you actually want in the game that would encourage you to buy it? Everything sledgehammer has done so far looks great to me. I just find it so laughable that COD critics jeer because "they don't do anything differently". How about you develop your own games instead of just criticizing a game you're skeptical of?

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

The problem is that Modern Warfare had a really fresh feel to it. From the story down to the loading screens, it felt... unique... but Activision and 90% of the rest of the industry have taken that formula and carbon copied it into the ground.

Orga777
Orga777

Something that captures the same feeling of CoD 4.... Yeah... good luck with that impossibility. The creativity of this series bottomed out after CoD 4. I really doubt this game would be any different.

Glasscut32
Glasscut32

Looks like they're way too focused on the exo suit.. Yawns.. 

rjh_24
rjh_24

cant wait for this game i love reading all these hipsters comments too hahahah its the only good fps out there right now 

imajinn
imajinn

The fact he said that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Stop trying to do something that may be impossible and just make what you feel will be a fresh unique game. Trying to make a something in a comparison to what another did, usually ends up in fail city. I hope that is not the case here, but that remains to be seen. I would really like to love COD once again.

dancthorpe
dancthorpe

There was a big change in direction between MW1 and MW2, somehow something that was rooted in the real world became too cartoony. It all became too Micheal Bay. Thats when I lost interest. Making a futuristic version won't get me interested again I have to say.

DarkLight748
DarkLight748

And let that new era be the end of Call of Duty.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

You know what would make Call of Duty fresh? Only getting one every 3 years. No amount of "innovations" will help when they're constantly being released. People need to feel like it's missing, and nothing but time can do that. Also, maybe go back to WWII again once in a while, or create a new alternate history game about "Operation: Unthinkable." That would be extremely unique and refreshing.

DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

I want to like CoD again, I really do. Some of my favorite gaming memories involved Modern Warfare 2 and World at War, but now? I can't support a company that gives so little a crap about its customers, and even if I could look past Activision's history, I can't even be bothered with that train-wreck of a campaign which has been showing its age every year since 2007 or that less and less appealing multiplayer.

NTM23
NTM23

I think the game looks cool, and I hope it is, but I doubt it'll do to games what Modern Warfare did.

robertcain
robertcain

Well I wish them luck, but they're going to have a really hard time changing people's mind about the series, especially after Infinity Ward did absolutely NOTHING to add to Ghosts in any way last year.

Ezmai_RauteZ
Ezmai_RauteZ

I feel that the multiplayer side of CoD is just dull. The maps felt meaningless and dry, nothing really going on except a bunch of people running around killing each other. More shit needs to happen, cars driving around, civilians you can capture or take hostage, HUGE maps with vehicles, bring the maps to life, planes flying over, awesome weather conditions, fucken swimming etc, have stuff you can pick up in maps that are randomly dropped (VESTS, super grenades, new gear, powerful weapons etc) maybe even a survival dayz style mode :/ (scary thought) there are soo many things they could add to make this CoD a new ERA war game. Multiplayer is definitely starting to be a huge part of the gaming industry and making the maps more alive would be a nice start imho :)

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

You've been recapturing the same feeling of Call of Duty 4 SINCE CALL OF DUTY 4.  How about you try to make something new?

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

I hope the pay-to-win mindset is removed. Me and friends have been huge fans of Modern Warfare games but this last one Ghosts, released a weapons with their very first map pack, an assault rifle and sniper rifle. While we have always bought most all map packs to all of the games - all of us found it distasteful, to say the least, that some weapons could only be unlocked through purchase and not effort. I had bought the new map pack and wondered why no one else was using the sweet new sniper rifle. 

In other words, money gave an advantage, pure and simple. Even if the weapons were mediocre they are an item that can only be obtained through dlc purchase, and cannot be earned in game in anyway. Needless to say we stopped playing the game completely after that. Some of us went back to MW3 but Ghosts pay-to-win left a bad taste my mouth - I plan to find a new game for us to play during our weekly get together. 

I probably will not buy COD AW, my friends I am not sure, but if the plan is dlc maps with advantages then - I'll pass.

tonytones21
tonytones21

Honestly I wish they succeed. Unlocking a a camo of a gun while accumulating head shots was extremely satisfying for some reason, and kept me coming back for more in order to unlock all of them. Now it feels like that factor is gone from the game ("games").

billy19joseph
billy19joseph

They're absolutely correct, MW1 was amazing when it launched and felt like a real "next gen" game for it's time.
If they truly want to re-capture that sense of awe (and good on them for taking on such a challenge) they'll need an even focus on both single and multiplayer and implement new ways to approach both those styles of gameplay.

Honestly,I doubt they'll succeed but if they come close it'll still be the best CoD game in years.

remnant115
remnant115

Yeah, bots are all I play on multiplayer because online is just a child online daycare.

tom_bull_58
tom_bull_58

I totally agree with that and bots will be the only reason I would consider buying it

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

@uraveragegamer Offline bot mode?? You enjoy living a lie?? 

Playing against bots is the most lifeless, depressing, unsatisfying feeling i can think of. I like my skills to go noticed by real life people on the other end.

For some reason your comment reminded me of the time i saw some 12yr old do a headshot montage video... in single player mode. Fail

nintendians
nintendians

@giggedyguy  that where crytek f***ed up, but crysis 3 wasn't that bad, but it was still lame like crysis 2, at lease crysis 3 let you use all the same perk, crysis 2 I die to quickly because of no auto-armor but in crysis 3 i was owning player like crazy when psn went back online after that stupid person hack them and I doubt cod:aw is slow pace and lagging like crysis 2 and 3 and they both have better controller button layout than crysis on the pc.

Glasscut32
Glasscut32

@rorytmeadows Yeah we aren't good at CoD really.. This guy you must be one of those original thinkers.. I am good at killzone and guess what its a FPS.. but CoD is the same regurgitated perk filled nonsense every year.. Furthermore i don't think the game is made for the people that are "good at CoD" it's made for gamers period.. It's just too bad i can't stand the lack of third person.. and TBH how difficult is it really to run and gun in FP all day.. ?? sure not difficult it's just not exciting and waaayy too repetitive.. 

Glasscut32
Glasscut32

@dancthorpe I don't get it and i don't see how there is change when the series has pretty much been the same regurgitated perk filled run and gun mess it is.. ??? same FPS at least MW2 switched it up in multiplayer with third person team tac.. I am sorry i don't see what's different from the trailers 

Glasscut32
Glasscut32

@TheCyborgNinja Three words "Third person view".. from the bit i know about game development third person is a bit harder to develop but since the series is already established they can easily attract gamers like me to the franchise again.. but it looks like they are going with rinse and repeat instead.. 

heplinger
heplinger

@DeusGladiorum I've been that same way as well. However, I do have my eye on this one because I am curious whether Sledgehammer coming in with a fresh set of eyes can breathe some new life into the series. While there is a good chance multiplayer may feel the same, but with new gadgets, I think it is at least possible to hope for an improved campaign.

Epicsand
Epicsand

@Thanatos2k By "the same feeling of Call of Duty 4", I think they meant fun and balanced. This is something new. Games in CoD franchise since CoD 4 have had the same core mechanics, but all of them have added features and mechanics, and some of those features and mechanics in some of those games were innovative and/or took chances. An example of this is the player-choice campaign in Black Ops 2.

Glasscut32
Glasscut32

@jenovaschilld Lol if they go with pay to win. this game with definitely flop as far as sales goes.. 

Epicsand
Epicsand

@billy19joseph Black Ops 2 is a great game. It has some OP weapons, equipment, and attachment(s), but they are not game-breaking, or change that Treyarch tried and succeeded with many new ideas in it.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@Glasscut32 @rorytmeadows man i still play counter-strike. after all these years lol fire in the hole! counter terrorist wins. it never gets old. cod is the same i just didnt like MW3 because 2 mins into a multiplayer games theres like 50 helicopters shooting you down like a dog. black ops 2 still playing it didnt buy ghost i figured id skip that one.

NTM23
NTM23

@Epicsand No, when Modern Warfare came out, it pretty much made shooters change, which is what I think is what they're talking about. Like years before, we had Doom clones, and now, though better than 'Doom clones' at times, most games are still Call of Duty clones. The controls and mechanics.

Glasscut32
Glasscut32

@Epicsand @billy19joseph Yeah black ops 2 was fun. at least it had regular modes with no perks.. I gave it a chance but of course it got boring quickly.. 

ForceSkin
ForceSkin

@Epicsand @billy19joseph The netcode was really whack and getting good quality games in Oz was super painful. Playing with dedi servers on Titanfall has been a real eye-opener, I hope AW takes advantage of the X1 servers rather than this peer-hosted garbage

ModestDude
ModestDude

@rorytmeadows @Glasscut32 there's not such thing as sucking at cod. skill doesn't exist in this entity known as cod. K/D 2.68. 

jk12324
jk12324

@rorytmeadows @Glasscut32 No....I'd like to think I'm pretty good at the game.  I loved BO2, but Ghosts is abysmal.  People complain about a bad game because the game is bad.  I don't know if you watch any YouTubers but nearly all of them have been releasing new videos on BO2 again every now and then.  I have high hopes for AW though,  everything looks great so far and I look forward to replacing the dire game that is Ghosts with a better one.

shidib09
shidib09

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU LITERALLY I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR YEARS!!!! If you're good at cod you'll buy it every year but if you suck at it you're gonna hate it.

Epicsand
Epicsand

@xXxIRyanxXx @Epicsand @Thanatos2k That is your opinion, and if the balance, and it contradicts with the opinion in the comment you liked, that Activision has "been recapturing the same feeling of Call of Duty 4 SINCE CALL OF DUTY 4".

Epicsand
Epicsand

@ForceSkin @Epicsand @billy19joseph The net-code was whack at the time of release, but it has improved. I get about 1 laggy match out of every 10 I play. I agree that it would be great if AW took advantage of the X1's servers.

Epicsand
Epicsand

@xXxIRyanxXx @Thanatos2k  This is the grammatically correct version of my last comment: That is your opinion, and they are not balanced, it contradicts with the opinion in the comment you liked, that Activision has "been recapturing the same feeling of Call of Duty 4 SINCE CALL OF DUTY 4".