The Call of Duty franchise is synonymous with multiplayer. The series is renowned for its focus on the multiplayer experience, and the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is no different. The shooter, from developer Sledgehammer Games, is already offering early access to gamers who get hold of the Day Zero edition of the title, alongside custom weapons and other pre-order bonuses.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is setting itself up to be a little different from previous titles in the series, though. The multiplayer aspect of the game has a variety of new toys on offer to players, with the future tech exoskeletons promising to change combat from the standard Call of Duty style. Even though this shift from the norm raises a number of questions and concerns, there is plenty for fans to be excited about.
Michael Condrey, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, has given fans more details over the multiplayer - the bread-and-butter of the Call of Duty series. Speaking with fans on his Twitter account, Condrey answered queries about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and its multiplayer mode. Condrey gave details about the Supply Drop feature, and revealed that it will unlock multiplayer content from within the single player campaign. Meanwhile, the Sledgehammer Games guru also confirmed that the game will contain a "Combat Readiness Mode" including bots.
Finally, Condrey was asked about the potential for a third person mode to the title. Although Condrey stated that a third person viewpoint wasn't planned, his exact wording was that it would not be included "at launch." The decision to not simply state that the mode wouldn't be included sounds as though a third person mode will eventually become available to players - just not when the game immediately releases.
It's not the first time that Sledgehammer Games has worked on third person for a Call of Duty title. The company was originally brought into the Call of Duty fold to create a third person spin-off of the series. Although the game was eventually cancelled, it appears as though Sledgehammer Games is ready to at least bring from of their experience with third person into the mix.
Sledgehammer Games has not only focused on the multiplayer, however. Plenty of time has been devoted to the game's single player. According to Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, the improved three-year development cycle for Call of Duty titles has given creators "freedom to fail" and experiment with new ideas.
The game certainly looks impressive thus far - the single player campaign allegedly took two and a half years to write, whilst the characters are apparently more nuanced than those in previous games in the franchise. Let's see whether the single player lives up to its promise - and whether the multiplayer has the quality expected from Call of Duty.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare releases on November 4, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.