Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Takes "Full Advantage" of Xbox One/PS4

Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey says game's three-year development cycle, and its focus only on the current-gen versions, allowed studio to get the most out of the new hardware.

Because developer Sledgehammer Games is focusing exclusively on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of this November's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, it means the studio was able to take "full advantage" of the power of those systems. That's according to Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey, who says that this "singular" focus, along with the fact that the game was developed over a period of three years, means that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare should be a top-notch title.

"We really have to thank Activision, not just for the extra year, but for the singular focus," Condrey told Official Xbox Magazine. "Three years to get to next gen. The current gen game--and there's more news to come about that--never got in the way of our ambitions, it never stopped us from being super-creative about taking full advantage of the next-gen hardware."

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are in development at Transformers and Deadpool outfit High Moon Studios. Because Sledgehammer Games didn't have to develop all five versions simultaneously, "It decoupled us from worrying about having to do a split-platform year, like titles had to last year," Condrey said. "So that was really refreshing, and gave us some freedom to really go after this one."

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the first game in the blockbuster series developed over the period of three years as part of the franchise's new three-year, three-studio cycle. This is in the best interest of the franchise, Activision says, because it gives creators more time to execute on their visions.

We'll find out if the increased investment paid off when Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches November 4 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS4, and PC. To date, there has been no mention of a version of the game for Nintendo platforms.

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402 comments
highpitcairn
highpitcairn

Inspired by Titanfall and Elysium, I Give you Call of duty advance warfare

awesomestuff333
awesomestuff333

AND THEY SHOULD BE ZOMBIES NOT ALIENS CYBORG ZOMIBES AND THERE SHOID BE MORE THAN 1 MODE THEY SHOULD HAVE A DINOSAUR MODE OR ANOTER MODE BUT THEY SHOULD HAVE MORE THAN  MODE

awesomestuff333
awesomestuff333

it would be smart 4 sleghammer games to make cod aw better on the next g game systems better than the old there ones so that will make people want the new systems this games gonna be so awesome i hope they dont mess it up like cod ghost i liked the game it was great u could make your on person grapics are way better but i like cod b2 better. but one thing they could do is have an elbelm maker and create your sqaud and person and they could make where u can switch out 3 differtent times by pushing the switch button like have a 3 gun not an secrtery gun a 3 gun

007nikster5
007nikster5

If this has 4-player splitscreen then its a buy for me.

Pupchu
Pupchu

Meh... There are more interresting games coming later this year.

taker254isback
taker254isback

MGS5 , The Witcher 3 and even though its a remake: The Master Chief Collection, are the only titles on the horizon that seem to get my attention...everything else, including this game... YAWN!

taker254isback
taker254isback

Its still looks like The original MW with some tweaks.

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

I'm NOT a Game developer & I don't need a degree to state the FACT that COD Advanced Warfare does NOT take full advantage of the X1 & PS4. NO GAME does right now. It will take 6-7 years to truly see games that take full advantage of those consoles.


It's freakin common sense.

sgtpepper1806
sgtpepper1806

I'm looking forward to this more than any COD since MW2. I skipped Black Ops, MW3, Black Ops 2 (eventually got it preowned for zombies) and Ghosts, but this just seems more fresh. Hell, if i'm going to be giving Activision my money this year its more likely to be for this than Destiny.

nintendians
nintendians

we'll see what happens, is just too bad that this game is colliding with the other games I wanted to buy during q4 of 2014.

bourne714
bourne714

High moon studios developing the last gen version. Probably gonna suck

pikachudude860
pikachudude860

So it'll be 792P on Xbox One, and 900P on PS4 then?

hotwog21
hotwog21

Here is an idea. If XBOX1 & PS4 owners don't buy any new gen COD games than maybe they'll make something better for this gen. If of course you all decide to keep buying COD than expect the same crap over and over again for the next 5 - 10 years. Now is the perfect time to vote with your wallets while the gen is still new.

hotwog21
hotwog21

Lies Lies Lies all hope, hype, buzz words, future speak, nothing that we can actually hold and enjoy right now.


Get lost, im selling my ps4 and if i had a cloud/skype/kinectboxONE i would sell that too.


i bout a ps4 for multiplayer games, all my friend and even strangers i talk too say the same thing, "online is unplayable" its rubbish, it lags so so much, battlefield, fifa, cod, all rubbish and now u want to dangle the carrot again and tell us things are going to get better, just like you have been saying in the past, eg, firmware updates, patches, THE FRIGGING CLOUD, all lies and hype eff off seriously, i found myself playing cod 4 last night on the 360 just to experience a game with a connection speed that resembles something playable, and yes it looks just as good as ghost and no im going to wait again and again for another cut and past of cod in hope that it gotten better.


all you jokers dont get it, the player base has been thinned out so much between all the cods and then thinned out even further by DLC within those games, good luck finding a good connection. same goes for fifa and its divisions and its cash cow ultimate sceem/team.


and pretty much all the cods have been milking cod 4 every since, with the hope and promise that it will get as good or better. NO THEY WONT ITS NOT PROFITABLE TO MAKE A GAME PERFECT BECAUSE NO ONE WOULD UPGRADE OF BUY DLC OR WAIT FOR THE NEXT PATCH IN HOPING IT GETS BETTER!


get lost.

deadpen
deadpen

Well that's it, get some new generation consoles out. If this is "Full Advantage" then next gen was a rip off, how can a system be out for less than a year and developers have already cracked the full potential.

CoD 2 come out for the 360/ps3 then after many years MW 2/BO 1 came out with the most any system could handle. Look at the difference from CoD 2 to CoD 6/7, but now a cross gen game is coming out (like cod 2 did) only months after systems were released and there isn't any room to grow?!? 

 So that is it cod you just said no matter who makes it this is as good as it will get and the "copy & paste" developing is in full swing.

 If the three year development cycle turns out to be a cookie cutter developed game then egg will be somewhere besides in the cookie. 

je29836
je29836

yep and activision paid for this "news" article

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

this game looks to be pretty awesome so far. people bitch about COD but before COD it was counter strike so counter strike is over and now its cod no other shooter out there is that precise 

dan_the_man777
dan_the_man777

No matter who makes the game everyone cries. Their actually putting some serious effort into this game. Give these guys a break. play the game before you crap all over them. That's why it is called a game and not real life. The best part is no one has to buy it! Imagine that! Remember to have fun and stop taking things so seriously and go outside and look at a woman once in a while. I know it might hurt when the sun strikes your pale faces at first, but it will be okay! ;)

altnamejag
altnamejag

"Because developer Sledgehammer Games is focusing exclusively on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of this November's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare"


Apparently, exclusive now counts as "developing the game for half of the platforms"

3Z3K13L08
3Z3K13L08

If they "push" the PC, it wouldn't even run on consoles, so I'm assuming they meant "pushing consoles running outdated, low to midrange hardware". 


Pass, haven't bought CoD in 4 years.

Martyr77
Martyr77

If that is the case then the PS4 graphics should be way better than Xbox One.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

I hate the cod series and have't bought a cod game since 2007.Still this looks amazing and the gameplay looks badass.I will give it a rent see how it goes and see if they stop all the modded controllers online also.Gonna be busy holiday on the X1

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

oh GAWED...not this again... they say this every year. How much money does someone want to bet me they'll say the same thing next year?
"No, seriously, we have "MAXED" out the ps4, or xbox one.... Seriously...." 
LAME!


rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

@hotwog21 This will be the one that get's copy/pasted for 3 or more years, so that's exciting!

edeep87
edeep87

@hotwog21 i have a feeling that this year you will take those words back !

Rakou
Rakou

@hotwog21 Start preaching it. But I doubt you'll even convince 0.1% of the cod fanbase to boycott codaw (coddaww)

eclypseo
eclypseo

@deadpen Wasn't it obvious already?  They used older off the shelf PC parts to make these systems.  Devs cracked this tech years ago when making PC games for it.  Just that us console gamers are finally getting around to it.  Better hope there is something to Microsoft's cloud processing.

b00me
b00me

@altnamejag That's because the X1/PS4/PC version all use the same system architecture, optimzations will benefit all versions. They are really doing a 1/3rd of the versions because the PS3/360 versions would have each required their own team to develop specifically for that version.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@3Z3K13L08 Well considering the fact that PC hardware isn't fixed, if they pushed PC the majority of PC fans wouldn't be able to play it either without upgrading.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@rorytmeadows You know the people who buy COD are probably the casual gamers in the world? None of which come on sites like Gamespot.

The people on here may say they aren't going to buy it but that doesn't matter because the hardcore fans on here are the minority in the market. It is the other people not here that will run out and buy it in the millions.

I'm not going to RUN out and buy it but the sci-fi and the fact I haven't bought a COD since MW3 is looking good for me so I'll probably give this one a go.

I'm planning on getting an Xbox One around that time for Forza Horizon 2 anyway so it seems as good a time as any to me.

dazevanz
dazevanz

Different engines run differently so it could max the ps4 for the time being, until their her better with optimization. Call of duty however won't max anything as they have always been poor at making games. Graphics are always pants

quakke
quakke

@edeep87 @hotwog21 Honestly don't understand you defenders. I guess it's just fanboyism.. But me having realistic opinnions and seeing how CoD has just copypasted already for a decade, why would it change? Exactly, it's still not gonna change because the video has alreay proven that.


Same crap different paintjob.

sgtpepper1806
sgtpepper1806

@eclypseo @deadpen If this cloud tech they're talking about for Crackdown works it'll change EVERYTHING. Games will be able to approach photorealism.

quakke
quakke

@rorytmeadows @3Z3K13L08 And you don't know the history apparently.. Back in the day superrior version were first made and then ported to consoles. It's much easier to make a PC version first and then strip it down to consoles than to make a console version and somehow artificially extend that with gimmicky features.

sgtpepper1806
sgtpepper1806

@Dannystaples14 @rorytmeadows YOU GET IT! YOU'VE SEEN THE LIGHT! Sorry for the hysterics but you're the first person I've met in these comment sections that understands that the majority of people just don't care about how similar the game is. The vast majority of people will just buy the games that they and their friends like on the system that they and their friends like, regardless of how similar it is to last years game or what resolution its running at.

edeep87
edeep87

@quakke it's not fanboyism at all, this year graphically it's above a lot of games i've seen lately, so you sense their wills to change things and for info i hate ghosts because it was poor and it was actually a good example a copypasted COD game. So stop hating and enjoy or not !

ivo_ree
ivo_ree

@quakke You never know what the developers have in mind this year. I started hating CoD ever since Black Ops but Advanced Warfare gives me hope that the series may travel in a new direction, a good one.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@rorytmeadows Yeah I upgraded near the start of the Xbox 360 and knew how slow it is to get games rolling at the start of the cycle, so I said I wouldn't do it again this gen.

Besides it has given me the chance to catch up on some of the games I didn't get around to last gen.