CoD: Advanced Warfare Dev Says "You've Never Played Call of Duty This Way Before"

Sledgehammer Games co-founder explains how the game benefitted from a three-year development cycle.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare represents such a major step forward for the brand that one of its key developers even says, "You've never played Call of Duty this way before." That quote comes from Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey, who said during a recent Best Buy Google Hangout that having three years to develop Advanced Warfare meant the studio had more time than ever before for experimentation.

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"I think that was really what that extra year gave us, the chance to break a few things," he said. "To maybe alienate a few ideas to bring Sledgehammer's take to Call of Duty. And maybe push boundaries further than people were comfortable and then pull it back if we went too far."

One of the marquee features of Advanced Warfare is the exosuit, which gives players a range of super-abilities that expand their range of motion in ways never before seen in the Call of Duty franchise. Though Advanced Warfare does push things forward with the exosuit, it will also still feel like Call of Duty at the end of the day, Condrey assured fans.

"It feels like Call of Duty and everything about that gun-on-gun action that you know and love; and high production values of campaign," he said. "But, you've never played Call of Duty this way before."

Advanced Warfare is the first Call of Duty game developed on Activision's new, three-year cycle for the juggernaut franchise. In announcing the new schedule earlier this year, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said this move will allow developers to have extra time to not only create new features to help push the brand forward, but also so they can spend more time polishing each game.

Advanced Warfare launches November 4 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Preorders for the game, however, unlock on November 3 through the Day Zero Edition. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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