While Activision had hoped to officially unveil this year’s Call of Duty as part of an Internet-wide promotional push on Sunday May 4th, it appears the universe had other plans. Instead, the first official trailer from the game made its way online (read: leaked) late Thursday night, giving gamers their first look at Sledgehammer Games‘ new title.
As the trailer above shows, many of the rumors surrounding this year’s iteration were, in fact, true. This year’s game is an extension of the Modern Warfare brand, titled Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and it features a ton of near-future tech. And most importantly, the trailer confirms the game is slated to hit store shelves on November 4th.
In addition to the talk of a near-future setting from earlier in the year, there was also a rumor floating around that claimed Kevin Spacey was up for the villain role in the game, and that seems pretty clear now. Spacey, or rather a CGI version of him, takes center stage in the trailer, delivering a scintillating monologue that’s filled with talk of religious ideologies, purchasing freedom, and building democracy. Basically, the type of stuff you would expect from the leader of a Private Military Corporation.
Of course, the main talking point for the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer, beyond the improved graphics and facial animation, will be the abundance of future tech peppered throughout the footage. From exosuits to drones to hover bikes, it appears COD: AW offers almost every conceivable piece of advanced weaponry under the sun, and uses them in the most bombastic way possible.
Unfortunately, aside from Spacey’s character’s narration, we aren’t any closer to understanding the story in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We can assume whatever global conflict is at hand will include some domestic battles — the Golden Gate Bridge sequence tells us that much — but there are very few tangible clues included with the footage.
Who is Kevin Spacey’s character? What is his end goal? And how are these souped-up soldiers going to stop him? These are all questions that will likely have answers on May 4th, when the official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare reveal was supposed to take place.
For now, though, we’re left with a trailer that not only features the bombastic explosions and destruction that we’ve come to expect from the Call of Duty franchise, but also a crisper visual presentation that’s befit a next-gen experience. Even so, The game still looks an awful lot like Call of Duty – just a better version of the billion dollar franchise.
What do you think of this first trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Are you interested in seeing how Sledgehammer leverages a near-future setting?
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare releases November 4, 2014 for current and last-gen platforms.