US Government Approves Call of Duty-Esque Exosuit

Sledgehammer Games says the move is a "big step forward" for further exoskeleton development.

Some of what this fall's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare predicted would happen in the future is actually becoming a reality. The United States government's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now approved a Call of Duty-style exoskeleton that aims to help paraplegics walk again, and Sledgehammer Games has applauded the move.

"Research for the exoskeleton design in Call of Duty: ‪Advanced Warfare‬ began at our studio nearly three years ago. The team started seeing the advancements in prosthetics, both for military and civilian application, and imagined how this technology could aid the Tier 1 soldier of the future," Sledgehammer wrote on its Facebook page. "FDA approval of the exoskeleton is a big step towards further development of the exoskeleton."

The FDA's approval of the ReWalk exoskeleton means it is now available for the general consumer. The technology features a series of motorized joins at the knees and hips to help people walk again. The user wears a backpack that contains a power supply, and a wireless remote worn on the wrist allows you to command ReWalk to stand up, sit down, or walk.

"Innovative devices such as ReWalk go a long way towards helping individuals with spinal cord injuries gain some mobility," FDA director Christy Foreman said in a statement. "Along with physical therapy, training and assistance from a caregiver, these individuals may be able to use these devices to walk again in their homes and in their communities."

For more on the ReWalk exoskeleton, check out the video below from GameSpot sister company CBS News,

In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which launches November 4 for consoles and PC, players wear an exosuit that gives them super-abilities like serious strength, increased dexterity, and more. You can see more about the exosuit and the game's other future tech in this video.

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Discussion

45 comments
spikepigeo
spikepigeo

COD didn't predict sh!t. They'd like to pretend they have their finger in this pie, but the truth is that COD and Sledgehammer Games (key word: games) has no more to do with actual military hardware than Futurama has to do with space travel in the 31st century. Probably less, actually.

Micetro9345
Micetro9345

I am not a COD hater or anything, but this idea of an exosuit in a video game is not a new one by far. Does anyone remember playing a game called Crysis...lol This game is a blatant ripoff of that platform. I mean everything about the suit in the game is identical to what Crysis did in 2007. (Stealth, Jumping ability, running fast and enhanced strength). I am excited about seeing it done with COD, but does noone really remember the original Crysis?

OhSnapitz
OhSnapitz

...yes all because of Call of Duty.


Let's not give the FDA, Governments, Robotics Co's any credit for conceiving an idea and creating something long before most here were even born.  


...it's because of COD AW.  



bhcmax
bhcmax

cod-esque? MY ARSE!! , don't you think that's detracting from all the hard work REAL scientist have done to make these things a reality, got crap all to do with video games

chewmcgoo
chewmcgoo

My God, all of this Advanced Warfare crap is getting old already. Sledgehammer is doing whatever they can to stay relevant with all these other killer titles coming out later this year. Why can't they just STFU and just give us a solid video game. Visuals that look photo realistic my ass.. 

genjuroT
genjuroT

They predicted something that has been in research for decades. By definition, that is not a prediction. When my dad was in the army he played a very small role with exosuits in the late 80s or early 90s. Good job "predicting" something that was already happening.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

I doubt like CoD paints them so we won't see paraplegics ripping the doors off cars and jumping over buildings for a few years yet. 


I'll be first in line to enlist though when they develop some Valkyrie fighters or powered armor/mobile suits though.

Techtroll
Techtroll

Seriously,how much is activision paying gamespot to promote their game through silly, unimportant articles. "COD esque" LMAO 

gunneysean
gunneysean

DARPA has been looking in to exo-skeletons for over 20 years. and it will be another 10 or so before GIs start seeing them issued. Try again.

daviz88
daviz88

this is a very stupid article 

exo suit have been in develop long before COD

Hurvl
Hurvl

It's great that the (exo)suits at FDA approved this.

AssaultMonkey9
AssaultMonkey9

This is the worst piece of gaming journalism Eddie has done yet.


I'm Israeli, and I've known about the "Rewalk" for years, as it was developed by an Israeli company. Heck, it even appeared on Glee a few years ago.


It is NOT an exoskeleton, but a device to help paraplegics walk. It has nothing to do with Call of Duty or gaming or anything outside of the medical industry


Please upvote so people know what the actual story is....

rarerichz
rarerichz

of course the us government will approve it , they are the ones supporting call of duty every year to dwerp the brains of you morons.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

Wait, so the paraplegics will now be able to jump from skyscrapers and toss car doors at people. Right on!

MegamanX97
MegamanX97

The FDA is honoured Sledgehammer that you applauded their move :3

realguitarhero5
realguitarhero5

Who the hell asked Sledgehammer for their opinion on military hardware??

yogibbear
yogibbear

Call of Duty didn't ever come up with exoskeletons. Um... this article is dumb as fuck. Fuck off paid for advertising articles.

vackillers
vackillers

Call of Duty didn't really predict anything as Tenrail said but I do think this is kool news none the less though. Perhaps this is the start of the new future?

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

I hate to say this, but Call of Duty didn't "predict" anything. People have been developing exoskeleton technology for quite a while now. It's not like no-one knew about it.

luert
luert

I think they used this as mean to advertise about it, I mean evryone knows call of duty and an announcement of this kind is bound to be seen by many without major expences, that's my idea at least

nickpeck36
nickpeck36

You guys do know things like this have been worked on for decades right?  No one is looking at a video game then giving it the green light lol.  The exo suites have been in development since forever but have never been small enough to actually use in these types of situations.


It's one of those, the idea has been there and developed but they had to wait for the tech to catch up to make it really worth spending the time and money on, let alone to actually build and use/sell it.

berserker66666
berserker66666

So when Crysis had an exo, no one cared but along came Activision and their copy-paste exo model and the US government is suddenly interested. Hmm.........

yzeng
yzeng

OMG! The scientists are inspired by CALL OF DUTY!!! THis is big, no bigger then big, its huge news, completely gaming and COD related!

beast70
beast70

Stalker did it first not cod just saying. (Also I'm sure something did it before stalker)

hystavito
hystavito

@genjuroT Yeah that first line of the article does make it sound like they predicted it :).

genjuroT
genjuroT

wiki/Powered_exoskeleton

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@daviz88 Based on COD designs... COD is beyond it's time like star trek. 


Next we will see jets that hover and guns with digital readouts.... 


Dumb article but still got us to click so.....

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

Yes so beware and never park in a disabled zone.

Smosh150
Smosh150

@TenraiSenshi Yea, hell you can even find videos and other articles about the US Army testing(as in actually using) exoskeletons that date back a few years before this.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@nickpeck36 you guy do know that exo skeleton was small enough long ago right?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@seanwil545 That was a great movie, with the awesome Matt Damon, youtube.com/watch?v=BUa5oHgYV2k.

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

@berserker66666 "Activision" has 10 letters in it. "Government" has 10 letters in it. 
10=10

Seems like a conspiracy is going down, to me.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@berserker66666 crysis had nano tech that's just a sci-fi. Exo is just hydraulics + SW + sensors

imajinn
imajinn

@beast70 Stalker, then Crysis. C.O.D. is definitely not the first.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@wasakawaka @Sl4cka   Pregnant women will be next to get them.