It's clear that developers Sledgehammer Games are looking to freshen up the now-standard Call of Duty formula in the upcoming Advanced Warfare. The addition of near-future tech like the exoskeleton looks set to offer some new wrinkles to more familiar aspects of its gameplay, and the return of multiplayer mode 'Kill Confirmed' will tie in to that effort rather nicely.
In a 'Kill Confirmed' match, making a kill counts for nothing - it's all about collecting the dog tags that your prey drops after they die. This is intended to discourage players from camping in one spot to accumulate kills; you'll have to make your way out into the map if you want to collect your bounty are score any points.
It's a neat twist on the standard deathmatch that promotes the use of the expanded set of movement options that the exoskeleton affords players. You'll be competing not just to get the kill, but to reach the dog tags before they're snagged by someone else, with mastery of abilities like your boosted jump and slide being the key to success.
The inclusion of 'Kill Confirmed' - first featured in Modern Warfare 3 — is a perfect example of the way Advanced Warfare is taking well-loved elements from the series' past and putting a fresh spin on them with new gameplay mechanics. This marriage of past and present is just what Call of Duty needs to remain competitive in its genre; while last year's Ghosts was a success in its own right, its sales were disappointing considering the status of the series.
Just a few years ago, Call of Duty was the undisputed king of the multiplayer FPS scene on consoles, but there's an argument to be made that the genre is changing while the series has not. This year, games like Titanfall, Destiny and Sunset Overdrive will offer their own take on the multiplayer FPS, and whether or not any of them individually beat out Call of Duty in terms of player count, they will undoubtedly eat into its audience.
As such, it's imperative for the first bona fide new-gen instalment in the Call of Duty series delivers something new and fresh, while still maintaining its own identity. Based on what we've seen so far, it seems that Sledgehammer Games know exactly what they're doing.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is set for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on November 4.