Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Is "Not the Same Old Call of Duty"

Sledgehammer Games co-founder says three years of development, a new game engine, and new consoles will make this year's entry one to remember.

This year's Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, is "not the same old Call of Duty," according to developer Sledgehammer Games. Speaking with VentureBeat, studio co-founder Michael Condrey laid out the reasons why this year's game will be one to remember.

"With three years and a new engine and a new generation of hardware and a new brand, you'll see this is not the same old Call of Duty," Condrey said. "We had the people, the resources, and the time."

Condrey's boasting about the game didn't end there, however. "This has the scale and the scope of the equivalent of four Hollywood movies in it," he said. "It has hundreds of hours of multiplayer gameplay. It has full cooperative mode. It takes an army of industry vets to create this kind of content."

Activision announced in May a new three-year, three-studio production schedule for the Call of Duty brand. The extra year of development will make it so gamers are blown away by every new entry, according to Activision.

"This game had to be done from scratch. This is really a brand new franchise within Call of Duty. It's a new intellectual property" -- Sledgehammer co-founder Glen Schofield

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is such a new Call of Duty experience, Sledgehammer Games says, that it should in fact be thought of as a new intellectual property.

"We really upgraded the characters with a new facial system. We are lighting the game in a new way. All of it is new," Sledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield said. "It's next-generation, and it's 40 years in the future. There is really nothing you can borrow. This game had to be done from scratch. This is really a brand new franchise within Call of Duty. It's a new intellectual property."

Prior to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's official announcement, Activision--which owns Sledgehammer Games--said that the game was "perhaps the best Call of Duty game ever created." That quote came from Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare changes up the traditional Call of Duty format by introducing exoskeleton suits, which give players a range of super-abilities like increased dexterity and the ability to climb up walls using magnetic gloves. There is even a new Just Cause-style grappling hook system in Advanced Warfare, which we got a quick look at in today's new trailer.

In other Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare news, Activision today announced the game's three collector's editions, which range in price from $80-$120.

Do you think Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare can live up to the hype? Chime in with your thoughts in the comments!

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158 comments
es496
es496

I've heard that all before.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

So basically he's saying that the past few Call Of Dutys were indeed like any other Call Of Duty !!!

TrigunNinja
TrigunNinja

Same old crap different maker... The graphics look like crap (Except the face of kevin spacey) They need to go back to WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Korean war or something understandable... The originals were awesome... after MW2 the games started to go down hill.

I would like to see a Campaign multiplayer but objective issued. Like get to this point, while the other team defends it. You'll have limited lives (like 2 or 3) and others can revive you when you are downed with a time limit (10 secs). If you manage to complete it the mission is done. if you lose you have to redo it.

Also for multiplayer they need to go back to the very dynamic maps that allow "real" snipers advantage spots that allow camo like WaW and MW2. You actually blended into the environment. Not this no scope crap. True Gaming. Remove Rockets and tubes. Those are for losers with no lives and don't know how to play. 

This games MP is going to suck because of the new grenades... Throw them and auto track and detonate!

NOPE NOT GETTING THIS POS "GAME OF THE YEAR"

Game of the Year is just a title added by the Publisher who paid companies to add that title to the game

coinsage46m3
coinsage46m3

"This has the scale and the scope of the equivalent of four Hollywood movies in it."


"It has hundreds of hours of multiplayer gameplay. It has full cooperative mode."


"We really upgraded the characters with a new facial system. We are lighting the game in a new way. All of it is new."


"It's next-generation, and it's 40 years in the future."


SO? 

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

"Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Is "Not the Same Old Call of Duty"

That's exactly what they said about Ghosts. Still the same old tired s****

Rakou
Rakou

Activision does it for the kids. Kids like aquariums, puppies, flashy gadgets and easy gameplay.  Next time they'll probably add some sort of cuddly easter eggs, and perhaps swords and magic too. Or they'll just make it even more rewards for players who suck at the game.


I wouldnt be surprised if there'll be a feature that gives you a temporary aimbot if you're on a death streak. That wouldnt be too innovative for CoD to handle, right?

jordanpolly
jordanpolly

They say the same thing for every upcoming COD, every entry is always the same game.


this is just to encourage more pre- sales. I am not fooled.


honestly, I think this franchise is on its last legs. you can only copy and paste the same game onto a new disc a certain number of times before people get bored.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

I like the old Call of Duty games...of course, I am talking Call of Duty, CoD United Offensive, and Call of Duty 2.  Maybe that isn't what he means?

ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

The guy looks like the guy from Believe in the video pic.

hector530
hector530

you mean just like the last game..... and the one before that....... and the one before that....... and the one before that?


they say thing every year, "its totally different and unique nice guys trust us"

rogerpdaultry
rogerpdaultry

Personally, I don't care about the campaign, so if their "new" game is all about the campaign, I just don't care. Show me multiplayer. I want nice killstreaks, beautiful maps, and decent TTK.

ghost140
ghost140

Pretty sure I have heard "perhaps the best Call of Duty ever created" about every Call of Duty ever created.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

I will believe it when I see it. Never buying a cod game again until I see something fresh. black ops 2 was my last cod game, didn't bother with ghosts.

EatShanna
EatShanna

Unless they added recoil and recoil patterns you have to learn in order to use weapons effectively, balanced the weapons properly, cut down on the amount of killstreaks and placed greater focus on gunplay and designed maps that don't lend themselves to camping, it's the same old shallow, low skill ceiling crap.


I'm guessing they didn't do any of the above.





robertcain
robertcain

I'd be willing to give Advanced Warfare a chance this year once the reviews are out; at least this time around they aren't blabbering on about stupid things like fish AI and squads that add nothing to the game. We'll see if Sledgehammer can prove themselves this November.

geniobastardo
geniobastardo

did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Marketing marketing, marketing, of corse it's going to be the best CoD ever, like everyone was before it. But what is really stupid is this part here: "It has hundreds of hours of multiplayer gameplay.". How is that defined? I can play Dynasty Warriors Gundam for 1000 hours online, that does not make the multiplayer any good

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

Yer they said the same about Ghosts and look what happened there.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

This really looks different but I am afraid the core CoD playerbase doesnt like too much changes, I remember how gamers bitched about Counter Strike GO not being true CS xD and that game stayed kinda true to CS same as with CoD they stick to the core stuff that makes CoD well... uhrm CoD xD but anyway this looks indeed very different it looks more like Crysis with the Elysium suits :/

funkyzoom
funkyzoom

This is what they say before the release of every Call of Duty game. And fortunately, they always turn out to be wrong!

001011000101101
001011000101101

I hope it's true. If they could recreate the feeling the first Modern Warfare gave me back in 2007 (`?) I'd be extremely happy. 

denhoffi
denhoffi

I'm not a huge CoD-guy but this actually looks interesting, the storyline looks intriguing and it has a very House of Cards-like Kevin Spacey which is always a plus. So I'm still a bit cautious but the least I can say is that I'm interested.

BigBadBanther
BigBadBanther

I hope the comments about this being the same old COD are not coming from the BF fanboy's who are now waiting for the cut and paste Hardline. (just thought i would poke the comments with a stick)

I told myself after the BF4 bulls*+t i would not buy another so might have to turn back to the dark side and give this a try or just not bother with either. 

Keaze_
Keaze_

Wasn't this last year's catchphrase?

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

Yeah right...and I'm next in line to the British throne

filthy_casual_
filthy_casual_

If they hadn't made so many "same old" CoDs in the past, they wouldn't have to be trying so hard to proclaim this a new one.

JtheGrind
JtheGrind

Going to buy this game anyways, before I read this article. This is great news just to confirm things...

coinsage46m3
coinsage46m3

@vicsrealms  Those were my favorites, too.  And from what I've seen of this "groundbreaking" entry, no, it won't be at all like those.

coinsage46m3
coinsage46m3

@rogerpdaultry  Campaign need not be overlooked on this one.  It's vital to this game's success.  Obviously though, they're not going to ignore MP as it's what keep the game relevant til the next installment.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@robertcain even if it sucks gamespot will give it a good review. wouldn't count on a review to decide whether to give this game a chance. they give titanfall a 9.....

Khasym
Khasym

@ArchoNils2 What galls me, is how they're trotting out the SAME facial animation stuff that they did for Ghosts. If there are these massive sweeping changes to CoDAW, why aren't they talking about THEM, instead of yet more lines on the face and stubble on the chins of the burly white dudes the series always has? :-)

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@BigBadBanther Thumbs up for hating on Hardline : ) but no everyone feels the same about COD......It has out stay its welcome.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@BradBurns Problem is first game on new engine is not to bad, but after that they are all same old s*it

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@JtheGrind Problem is first game on new engine is not to bad, but after that they are all same old s*it

179107199999
179107199999

@rogerpdaultry @EatShanna not when players don't have to put effort in to getting them. anyway what he said was correct. Because of how the game caters to camping especially in Kill confirmed it makes CoD look shallow. A game shouldn't just rely on one feature to make it good. It should be overall gameplay.The fact you say its killstreaks that make the game shows how shallow the game is. And why should that person play something else for pointing out how Cod has fallen? When games are becoming repetitive sometimes developers should listen to consumer feedback so the next game will be better. With players like you a series will stagnate then begin losing sales.Cod has been the same for awhile people won't end up liking that for much longer

thepopexiii
thepopexiii

From a purely MP experience Titanfall is a 9

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

@WolfgarTheQuiet @BradBurns Why do you keep playing it then? I took a break a long time ago after MW2. They kept making what the fans wanted. If you don't buy, they don't think you want it and they move on. 

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

@WolfgarTheQuiet What do you really expect out of an FPS sequel?

coinsage46m3
coinsage46m3

@thepopexiii  That's ALL Titanfall was, MP.  That made the game, as a whole, deserve much lower than a 9.