Originally, the reveal for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was supposed to be part a timed marketing push scheduled for Sunday May 4th. But, as is typically the case with these things, those plans didn’t work out.

Instead, Activision was forced to play their hand and reveal the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer a few days early, and in the process they confirmed a few rumors surrounding the project. The trailer specifically outs Kevin Spacey‘s involvement with the game, and also reveals the near-future setting we had been hearing about for months.

Aside from that, though, details regarding Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are hard to come by. We suspect those more concrete details are likely coming on Sunday when Game Informer begins their coverage of the game, but Activision has decided reveal a little more information early.

More specifically, the developer confirms that Advanced Warfare will be set in the year 2054. That’s far enough in the future to make tech like exosuits, hover bikes, and active camo a believable possibility, while still telling a somewhat far-fetched story.

We also now know that Kevin Spacey’s character is named Jonathan Irons, and he is the founder and president of Atlas Corporation, the largest PMC (Private Military Corporation) in the world. In fact, Irons is who the yet-to-be-named main character of Advanced Warfare works for, which calls into conflict prior rumors that Spacey would be voicing the villain.

The trailer for Advanced Warfare certainly sets Spacey’s character up as a villainous character, but that may not be the case. Or maybe the game plays into the typical “you were working for the bad guys all along” trope. We certainly hope it doesn’t, but that seems like a possibility.

According to GI, there is still plenty more to learn about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare beyond a setting and main character. At this point, we actually know very little about the game aside from those brief glimpses in the trailer.

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On the development side, though, we know that developer Sledgehammer Games has been working on this title for the past three years — they began development shortly after Modern Warfare 3 shipped — and it is billed as a “next-gen first” experience. The game certainly looks more polished than previous entries, but whether or not that will be enough to woo fans back to the franchise is unclear.

Would you prefer Spacey’s character was the villain or the hero? Do you think the near future setting is “played out,” or do you want to see more of what Advanced Warfare can offer?

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare releases November 4, 2014 for last-gen and current-gen platforms.

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