We’re getting a more detailed look at the new weapons and tricks users will have at their disposal when Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare makes its highly-anticipated debut later this year.
A new promotional video featuring developers from Sledgehammer Games profiles most of the new armory that’ll be at players disposals with the game.
The video begins with Glen Schoefield of Sledgehammer Games, the game’s developer, discussing how it went about introducing futuristic weaponry into the classic Call of Duty experience. He goes on to talk about the weapons themselves.
Threat Detection Grenades won’t explode like typical grenades in past games. Instead Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players will use the tool to scan for enemy players around them. The idea is to let the player gather more information about their surroundings without necessarily putting them in direct danger. Mobile barricades will also follow the player around, protecting them from any threats directly ahead of them. When players are ready to shoot a glass will window drop to allow their bullets through. Finally a Directed Energy weapon will allow users to quickly target enemy players with a burst of energy.
Hover tanks and hover bikes will also feature heavily in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Another key component of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare experience is going to be the exoskeleton. This exoskeleton will give players super strength and cloaking abilities. Additionally, users will pick up other abilities like being able to move more quickly than the rest of the environment. There’s also a scene in this video where a player uses the Exoskeleton to climb a wall.
According to Schoefield, Sledgerhammer didn’t want to just go off on a tangent and create futuristic weapons that weren’t believable. Instead, Sledgehammer based in game weapons and upgraded vehicle in reality. Each of the new weapons introduced in the title are inspired by technology that’s already available today.
It’s worth noting that most of what we’ve seen in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is available in other games today. For example, it’s hard not to notice that the Exoskeleton mechanic here sounds very similar to the suite that users wear in past Halo games. So too do the Exoskeleton power-ups that are known as Armor Abilities today. Some hard-core gamers are definitely going to have something to say about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare borrowing heavily from other franchise.
The thing is that they shouldn’t. Like it or not, games like other art forms are inspired by other games. Mechanics that work well in other titles are bound to appear in other games. If users like them there’s little to no reason to not include them. Call of Duty has a huge fan base that will run out to stores to get their hands on these new weapons and abilities. That is – provided that Sledgehammer is able to deliver these experiences in a way that doesn’t harm the experience fans already enjoy.
Thankfully, Sledgehammer is relying on new weapons alone to entice users into purchasing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at launch. This title seems to put more emphasis on the single player story than games in recent memory. A trailer early this year revealed that the campaign will star actor Kevin Spacey. Spacey is most well-known today for playing a scheming member of the United States House of Representatives in the Netflix series House of Cards. His character’s motives aren’t yet clear but the speech he gave in the game’s reveal trailer indicates that Spacey’s character in the game isn’t that dissimilar from his role in House of Cards.
We don’t yet have a firm release date for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, it should arrive on store shelves sometime later this year. When it does it’ll be available on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3. It will not be available on the Wii U.