As the Call of Duty franchise has already moved from past warfare to modern warfare, the logical next step is to move into the near future and craft a combat experience based on concepts currently being developed for use by the military. We've already seen some of this in recent titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, but upcoming release Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will leap 40 years into the future and introduce players to all kinds of futuristic tech.
In the plot of the story campaign, the player takes on the role of a new recruit into a private military corporation that has stepped in after an an attack on the infrastructure of national military forces worldwide. In the tradition of the Call of Duty franchise employing Hollywood talent for its main cast, Kevin Spacey plays the power-hungry leader of this corporation, while video game voice acting celebrity Troy Baker plays Private Mitchell, the protagonist.
A new trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - subtitled "Power changes everything" - largely focuses on the multiplayer and co-op gameplay while also offering some more cinematic footage from the story campaign, mixed together with critic accolades from previews of the game. In particular it introduces the new Exo Survival co-op mode, which pits up to four players against waves of enemies that range from attack dogs to drones to other exoskeleton-suited grunts.
The addition of powered exoskeletons to the traditional Call of Duty gameplay means a lot more verticality, which in turn means that players will have to spend more time looking up for enemy players that may be running around on the rooftops. It also offers new ways of traversing the map, including jumping extra high to escape from or attack enemies, and powered slides that allow the player to reach cover or items a little bit faster.
The new trailer also shows off a Just Cause style grappling hook that allows players to drag enemies in and take them down with a melee blow. It might not be as practical or efficient as simply shooting them, but it does look like fun.
Could this be the new Horde Mode?
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is set for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on November 4.