If it wasn’t already clear that Sledgehammer Games was looking to make their mark on the Call of Duty brand with their first outing in the series, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare , then the latest story trailer should do the trick. Laying out the plot from beginning to end, the new footage gives even more of a glimpse at the next-gen visuals and animation, while also providing a first look at hero Jack Mitchell. The video still keeps the exact nature of the game’s villains and heroes somewhat of a mystery, but it’s clear the entire globe will suffer in the battle.
When you build a shooter franchise on armed conflicts spinning the globe, it’s not easy to escalate the stakes from one annual entry to the next. After Black Ops 2 saw the US military turned against itself, Ghosts upped the damage by peppering the Southwestern states with orbital weapon platforms. With Advanced Warfare marking the series’ first undeniable leap to next-gen consoles, Sledgehammer has gone even farther: the event which sets the plot in motion will be a “global terrorist attack” so widespread and dangerous, it plunges the entire world into chaos.
That premise might sound more at home in Team America: World Police than a video game claiming to take its story seriously, but the developers also claim that they have worked with real armed forces and private military companies (PMCs) to ground the story as much as possible. For when the world’s armies are scattered (somehow), it’s Atlas, the world’s largest PMC that comes in to save the day for democracy – for a price.
Players will be dropped into the battle for power and international influence that followed in the role of Jack Mitchell, a contractor for Atlas that has been given new life by their futuristic exosuits (having lost his arm in combat). Unlike many previous games, Advanced Warfare will follow Mitchell alone, with the voice supplied by Troy Baker (and going by the look of his in-game model, his facial performance was captured as well). Fans can be equally thrilled to see the hero entrusted with such a proven actor, and disappointed that for a majority of the game he will be concealed behind the player’s field of view.
On the bright side, the accuracy with which Baker’s face has been recreated in-game is an endorsement of the next-gen character models Sledgehammer has promised; far more impressive than the model of Kevin Spacey, for our money. But whoever is behind the characters of the game, the spectacle and seemingly non-stop explosions confirm that a shift in target console generation won’t be changing the CoD formula too much.
But as successful or promising as the game’s singleplayer campaign may be, it’s the multiplayer that many will look to for a sign of what to expect from the series going forward. Thankfully, OneofSwords has released new details on the special editions of Advanced Warfare, containing details on the Season Pass and unlockable items available in each. Beginning November 4, 2014, players will get to choose between the Atlas Limited Edition, Digital Pro Edition, and Atlas Pro Edition, priced at $79.99, $99.99, and $119.99, respectively.
Each version, including the downloadable Digital Pro Edition, will come equipped with the Atlas Digital Content Pack, which features two new weapons – the Bal-27 AE Assault Rifle and Atlas 45 AE Pistol – as well as a unique Atlas exoskeleton, helmet, player card, and five bonus supply drops that unlock new in-game gear. Players will also be able to upgrade their exoskeleton in the campaign early with new powers and abilities via an extra upgrade token.
What’s more, the collector’s edition versions of the game will include Atlas Gorge; a bonus multiplayer map that reimagines Pipeline, a fan favorite map from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Both the Digital Pro Edition and Atlas Pro Edition will also come with the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass, which unlocks access to four forthcoming DLC multiplayer map packs.
For those that prefer tangible collectibles, the Atlas Limited Edition and Atlas Pro Edition will come with a unique steelbook case, the game’s official soundtrack, and the Atlas: Advanced Soldier manual – a collection of original concept art and historical and tactical information.
What do you think of the story and visuals seen in the new trailer? Has the singleplayer campaign gotten your attention, or is it the multiplayer or chance to land some souvenirs that has your attention? Sound off in the comments.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare releases November 4, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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