There's no doubt that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brought the kind of next-gen success and spectacle that the series needed to keep skeptics and competitors at bay for a few more year, and as usual, developer Sledgehammer Games is set to keep the content coming for the foreseeable future. For Advanced Warfare, that means the arrival of the Havoc DLC Pack, bringing with it new maps, new weapons, and something deadlier than Zombies - Zombies in Exosuits.
But staying on top of the mainstream gaming can't be achieved through content alone - it's all about how you sell it. Having called upon the likes of Taylor Kitsch and even Captain America himself to sell audiences on the Call of Duty experience, the newest trailer introduces a much, much more unsung hero: Randall Higgins, the franchise's veteran KillCameraman.
Proving that any joke worth making is worth spending absurd amounts of money on, the KillCameraman trailer goes to incredible lengths to add a new lens to the new weapons and locations coming with the Havoc package. And after Randall Higgins (played by Rob Huebel) has lived through every time and place Call of Duty has taken him, the promise of something brand new with Advanced Warfare carries significant weight (within the admittedly glorious fiction of the trailer itself, that is).
Aside from the standard multiplayer offerings, Havoc will also be bringing the new Exo Zombies mode; a story-based campaign starring John Malkovich, Jon Bernthal, Rose McGowan and Bill Paxton as a ragtag team looking to escape from inside the Atlas Corporation following a zombie outbreak. That means taking out undead hordes equipped with cutting-edge weapons AND armor, as if the usual breed of CoD Zombie wasn't enough of a challenge.
If the appeal of fighting off hordes of boost dashing Zombies runs dry, there are still the new maps - Sideshow, Core, Urban and Drift - for players to master, and solve all the mysteries and easter eggs no doubt buried within.
Will you be picking up the Havoc DLC when it comes first to Xbox later this month? Is it the new maps and weapons that have you interested, or the stars joining in on the Zombie fun? If Sledgehammer can find success with its new spin on an old mode, it's possible that Exo Zombies could be just the tip of the iceberg for future content updates.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc releases January 27, 2015 for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.