Sledgehammer Games' first solo outing in the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, will leap forward even further into the future than Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Set in 2054, the game will put players in the shoes of Private Jack Mitchell as he is recruited into the private military organization Atlas, and introduce a new range of weapons along with a military exoskeleton that offers new strength and versatility to the player's abilities.
Whether or not this will actually make for a ground-breaking Call of Duty experience or whether it will still feel like more of the same remains to be seen, but Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare already has some pretty excellent trailers on its side, as well as the presence of House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, who plays Atlas CEO Jonathan Irons.
Activision has now released a launch trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that also lays claim to being a gameplay trailer, although it's mainly comprised of cinematics. Like the original reveal trailer it works largely due to the use of music, but unlike that trailer this new promo seems to pushing the idea of warfare as a fun thrill ride, complete with cheery choruses of "Oorah!" and action shots of characters flying through the air while firing their guns. The choice of accolades also seems to be heavily pushing the cinematic aspects of the story campaign.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare recently faced predictions that it could sell up to 3 million fewer copies than its immediate predecessor, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and while some of this may have to do with the transition from last-gen to current-gen consoles, it's also possible that the franchise's annual release schedule has been getting wearying for both the developers and gamers.
For those who have eschewed consoles entirely, or have simply decided to play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PC, Steam has just revealed the minimum specs required to run the game. Luckily for those who haven't upgraded their rig in a while, it doesn't look like there's been a huge leap upwards in requirements since Call of Duty: Ghosts.
-OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit / Windows 8.1 64-Bit-Processor: Intel® CoreTM i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD PhenomTM II X4 810 @ 2.80 GHz or better-Memory: 6 GB RAM-Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 @ 1GB / ATI® Radeon™ HD 5870 @ 1GB or better-DirectX: Version 11-Network: Broadband Internet connection-Hard Drive: 55 GB available space-Sound Card: DirectX-compatible
With Sledgehammer now onboard alongside Treyarch and Infinity Ward, the Call of Duty franchise currently has a three-year development cycle that could offer the studios the breathing room they need in order to change things up with each new entry. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be the first test of whether this extended development cycle has had a positive effect on the franchise, and we're certainly interested to see what Sledgehammer has brought to the table.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare releases November 4, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.