Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: Everything we know so far

Activision's latest entry in the juggernaut shooter series arrives in November; here's a roundup of what we know about it.

The latest entry in Activision's blockbuster Call of Duty series, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, was announced last week. Now that the dust has settled (for now at least), we've rounded up everything we know about the game ahead of its release across consoles and PC on November 4.

Developers and platforms:

  • Sledgehammer Games -- (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  • Studio to be named later -- (Xbox 360, PS3)
  • There's no word on Wii U or other Nintendo platforms.

Release Date:

November 4

Commentary:

Sledgehammer Games previously described Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare as "ambitious" and "creative," while Activision says it is "perhaps the best Call of Duty game ever made."

Franchise Firsts:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the first entry in the series developed on the franchise's new three-year production cycle. The extra development time has allowed Sledgehammer Games to make a game with an "array of technical advancements" that add up to a "near photorealistic world unlike any Call of Duty before," according to Activision. It's also the first time Sledgehammer Games, which co-developed 2011's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with Infinity Ward, is leading development on a Call of Duty title

Story:

Here's how Activision sets up the story for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare:

"Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare jolts players forward in a groundbreaking experience that's ripped-from-the-headlines-of-tomorrow, envisioning a future where both technology and tactics have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise. 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."

Video Coverage:

Game Details*:

  • All DLC will come to Xbox first.
  • Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, 21) plays Jonathon Irons, the CEO of a Private Military Company called Atlas Corporation. He says he was "very excited" about joining the game when he was originally approached.
  • The game runs on a new and unspecified game engine.
  • The story opens with a catastrophic event that Sledgehammer Games cofounder Michael Condrey describes as "like a global 9/11." There's little more to go on, but major cities on multiple continents are affected by some kind of terrorism perpetrated by a terrorist organization called KVA.
  • It is set in 2054.
  • You play a character named Private Mitchell, who is voiced by prolific voice actor Troy Baker. You may know Baker for his recent roles in The Last of Us (Joel), BioShock Infinite (Booker), and Batman: Arkham Origins (The Joker). Mitchell only speaks during cutscenes; never during gameplay.
  • Mitchell starts Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare as a Marine, who is squadmates with Will Irons, the son of Private Military Company Atlas Corporation CEO Jonathan Irons. After their tour of duty is done, Jonathon Irons asks Mitchell if he wants to leave the Marines to join his company. Mitchell says yes and is outfitted with an "EXO" suit for his new job.
  • Unlike past Call of Duty games, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has only one protagonist.
  • You'll earn points every mission that can be used to upgrade your EXO suit. Using the EXO suit, you can climb walls with magnetic gloves, boost-dodge toward cover, perform super-jumps that let you get to higher ground, use optic camouflage for cloaking, and hover in mid-air.
  • Your arsenal includes "variable grenades," which can be switched from concussion to threat detection while they cook. The threat detection grenade reveals enemy locations and makes this information available via an augmented reality system visible in your visor.
  • Some of your guns are energy-based, and do not use traditional ammunition.
  • There is a rideable vehicle called a Pitbull, which is based on the real world Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle.
  • There's no official word on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer yet, but Condrey teases, "You can probably imagine the possibilities of a lot of the stuff you saw in single-player and how it would apply online." Activision also says it is "absolutely committed" to supporting eSports.
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will have some kind of co-op mode.
  • Veteran Metal Gear Solid composer Harry Gregson-Williams is working on the game's soundtrack. Audio director Don Veca says, "I think Advanced Warfare is going to be the best-sounding and certainly the best-mixed game ever."
  • In an effort to create a believable world, Activision consulted with "experts from production design in movies to experts in the military to scientists and futurists," according to Sledgehammer cofounder Glen Schofield.

*This information is based on details provided by Activision in press releases and through a 12-page Game Informer magazine feature.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

110 comments
hardeman
hardeman

activision should be embarrassed to even suggest putting out another call of duty

Fursnake
Fursnake

Those aren't power suits they are wearing, they are portable DJ machines.

l_skipper
l_skipper

MW2 was the best. I had some fun in BO2. Haven't touched Ghosts yet and I'm not planing to, ever. So far

Advanced Warfare

looks very interesting. And I really like the colour palette too.

directcom
directcom

 Not buying it , never bought ghosts either. This after buying every single COD and DLC on the PC since 2002. They shouldn't even bother releasing it on the PC as every version gets converted into a hackfest from day one..Don't like consoles so it's a pass for AW for me until I read somewhere that they have done something about the massive hacking problem that plagues the PC versions.

wa128
wa128

Hope they have some extra shit for pc version and better settings


rez-935
rez-935

when u think about it us PS players don't have to wait for the DLC at all. its just xbox gets it FIRST then we all have to wait the same time for the next DLC

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

It all sounds great as it always does before they release the full information, but it always turns out to be just the same gameplay basically re-skinned. Perks, killstreaks, no teamwork. I'm still waiting until all the information happens and we have gameplay before shedding any emotions towards this game.

dogwitch1
dogwitch1

my god its not running on the old ass quake engine finale

jacquesjackson
jacquesjackson

The one thing that gets me...is they said there was a vehicle that was "rideable".  Rideable?  What about drivable?  People want vehicles in COD.  Vehicles!  Helicopters, planes, tanks...you know, things they use in war?

chromaticity
chromaticity

I don't know.... it seems that every year it's the same thing. Besides, I feel that the game has been reduced to nothing but point and shoot in small corridors and having to do more about your reflexes than your actual skill. Besides, these trailers are about the campaign and no one even plays it haha 

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

I haven't purchased a CoD game since MW2. This actually looks like it has potential. And you can't go wrong with Frank Underwood...err..I mean Kevin Spacey.

MistwalkerZ
MistwalkerZ

The only thing I know about this game is that I'm not buying it. That's all that matters to me.


jameson420
jameson420

Am I the only one sick of Seeing COD articles every damn day on multiple websites, I understand this is "new" but c'mon just sick of COD..

wookiegr
wookiegr

Game looks like it will be great and on PC and most likely PS4 as well. Too bad the Xbox One is skimping on the visuals because it simply can't keep up, going by the footage anyways. The jagged lines are atrocious as is the the level of murkiness common to the X1. I hope they can continue to optimize the graphics before release and not end up with another Titanfall fiasco. 


Besides that I am excited for this. Call of Duty always gets a bad rap but it always sells and there are always people wanting a new FPS.

LoganDaDestroya
LoganDaDestroya

Now maybe since COD is doing futuristic stuff maybe EA will let DICE make another 2142 style game :D

Nomad987
Nomad987

Can any1 say Crysis cos this game look like it. Just there is no nano-suit but its the same they really need to come with a better idea

Sergeant343
Sergeant343

This is the first time in a long time since I have had any sort of excitement for a Call of Duty game, the last one being for MW2. I am hoping though that this will not be a disappointment like that was.

alexbartle
alexbartle

COD 2 had tanks in multiplayer. back when cod was good

julianwallinger
julianwallinger

Like like like like like Learn some different words like!

geniobastardo
geniobastardo

Whenever it comes to COD, I'm always uncertain about whether to ride the hype train or not. This time, maybe not, I'll wait.

VastGameMaster
VastGameMaster

Oh come on, I've seen enough Call of Duties. Why can't Infenityword just start a new franchise rather then milking this damn thing every year?

Crowgasm888
Crowgasm888

Ho hum, eh? These names are in danger of cross-fertilization ....

Call of Duty: Advanced Battlefield 5?

Call of Duty: Crisis (wink wink)?

Call of Duty: Titanleap

Call of Duty: World at War 6, Part B: The Revenge of Frogger

... and so on, ad nauseum.


I demand Latin integration with UTF-8 spellchecking! I also demand a game set in ancient Lat! Hmmmm.


Elancore
Elancore

Wow, looks amazing, first day buy for me.

kyubi678
kyubi678

This game can be pre purchase now on steam!!!!,and who the hell wants to pre order game that`ll coming on next 6 months. What a Joke!!! 

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

You know I won't knock call of duty since I am guilty of playing the battlefield rehashes, but what I will condemn is this practice of buying the dlc just to continue playing online. That's the real crime here in my opinion. So you end up spending twice the games initial cost to just be able to play online until the next rehash is released. This is the reason I'm not buying battlefield anymore.

aquoon_0nly
aquoon_0nly

I dont like these future themes, why they dont make a WaW game. I know WWII have it weapons and equipments limitations, but come on, 20XX is too cliche

aquoon_0nly
aquoon_0nly

come on microsoft, can you stop with this DLC priority shit? You are not gonna win this gen doing that.

panaicman66
panaicman66

Oh wow! another COD game........hold on YYYAAAWNN!! it's nap time.

quakke
quakke

All we know is that it will be generic crap crap crap crap crap all over again, and as always i will not be buying it under any circumstances.

iate2manycolors
iate2manycolors

@wookiegr  HAHAHA PS players cant even comment on other things without  bringing up their disdain for Xbox....... ; ) isn't that telling.....you know like the definition of insecurity.  Anyway i believe this comment page is about thoughts on COD.  I was a long time fan, but the games just got dry after a while, and this one seems like a desert. Games aren't meant to go on forever and its better if everyone just tries various games. Makes companies strive to  bring you the  best.  COD should just put a period in it after this game and call it a  decade.  

zekedelsken
zekedelsken

@Nomad987  "Can anyone say Halo, because this game looks just like it. The only difference being there is no mjolnir suit, but its the same. They really need to come up with a better idea."

"Can anyone say Warhammer 40K. because this game looks just like it. The only difference being there is no Astartes suit. but its the same. They really need to come up with a better idea."

"Can anyone say Starship troopers, because this game looks just like it. The only difference being there is no MI powered suit, but its the same. They really need to come up with a better idea."

"Can anyone say Iron Man, because this game looks just like it. The only difference being there is no Iron man suit, but its the same. They really need to come up with a better idea."

If the shooter can use it, and it works, and it doesn't suck, and it changes this specific shooters formula, then I am all for it. Exo suits are not new ideas. Its probably older than you are. Which means yes, crysis copied it.

This game has many innovative tech ideas, the question is can we use it in multiplayer. I want to be able to climb walls and cloak in multiplayer. I want to leap like fucking spider man. If I can do that, CoD will change so much just because of that. If even half of the cool stuff is in multiplayer, the game will be cool enough to warrant a purchase.

As long as CoD is innovative, I will buy. If they are not, then I wont.

GinsuVictim
GinsuVictim

@VastGameMaster Infinity Ward has nothing to do with this game. Their next game comes out in TWO AND HALF YEARS.

GinsuVictim
GinsuVictim

@kyubi678 People do it all the time on consoles, so why not? Also, as soon as the pre-load install is available, Steam allows you to download the game early, then just activate it on street date.

gamersince78
gamersince78

@aquoon_0nly cant really blame them for futuristic approach...when COD 4 was released everyone was saying the exact opposite...enough WWII already, lets go futuristic...maybe it is time for the pendulum to swing back to WWII.


or perhaps it is just time to but this game to bed. It had a great run, but their sales with Ghosts was not super.

hitomo
hitomo

@aquoon_0nly in fact futurte or si fi themes are the only ones acceptable for shooters ... I want to feel like a hero bigger then life not reanect the life of a every day murder from actual world wars


also, the anti democratc, repuclican BS is not so hard to swallow if íts si-fi

GinsuVictim
GinsuVictim

@aquoon_0nly They probably have a contract for x amount of years exclusivity.

hindusnowflake
hindusnowflake

@iate2manycolors @wookiegr  Lol, you should learn how to read before you start posting, and I quote "...looks like it will be great and [sic] on PC and most likely PS4 as well."  I added emphasis to point out that wookiegr sounds like a PC player first and based on his comment he may not even own a PS4.


However, iate2manycolors, you should probably stop snacking from the crayon box as your level of defensiveness concerning the Xbox does smack of insecurity.


Have a good day!

jacquesjackson
jacquesjackson

@GinsuVictim @snacky_smorez  Not really true.  On BF, if you don't keep up with the DLC content and keep buying....eventually there will be no servers you can play on, because someone in the game has DLC content you don't have.  That's what killed me on BF3.

quakke
quakke

@GinsuVictim @quakkeWonder why i ain't getting any "Return to combatzone" in Blood Dragon, wonder why i can carry so many weapons, wonder why i can shoot without aimdownsights, wonder why i need to use the health syringe.. Seems like Blood Dragon is not that similar to CoD afterall:D

gamersince78
gamersince78

@ladies_man_xxx I don't think so ladies man... ghosts did not sell well, compared to other cod games...the fatigue on this game is palpable...the COD crazies will buy no matter what, but the average gamer is going to move on. I wont be buying, most of the people I game with (10 - 15 of us) wont be either.


It is a great series, but nothing lasts forever...I think over the next few releases, the game sales will get smaller and smaller.


Not too mention all the money getting thrown behind "Destiny" and its marketing plans by Activision. This is likely the most telling argument supporting COD winding down. Activision has had a licence to print money with the COD series, but if they are switching gears to a new franchise, you can bet their is a business case behind their madness.


If you are reading the tea leaves, I would suggest that once the current publishing deal with Activision/Bl and COD winds down you might see a lot less COD in the future.

iate2manycolors
iate2manycolors

@hindusnowflake @iate2manycolors @wookiegr  Hmmmmm, I was referring to the three later sentences that were written, not the one you quoted, plus I didn't offer any defense for X1,  i talked about COD.  I have a PS4........ I was pointing out how many people have to talk about its superiority even without reason.  This forum is about COD in which I offered my thoughts about after one sentence.

GinsuVictim
GinsuVictim

@jacquesjackson I was talking about CoD. I don't know much about BF's online practices, other than paying for servers.