As you may have already found out, another Call of Duty game is coming our way towards the end of the year. No surprise there, right? However, this year’s iteration of the franchise has some differences from the previous games, differences that I consider make Advanced Warfare a game worth keeping a close eye on.
First of all I would like to point out that I like the first-person shooter genre but I am not a Call of Duty fan. I don’t buy it annually, just from time to time when there aren’t other games to satisfy my shooter needs. But this time around, after watching the reveal trailer for Advanced Warfare, something about it clicked with me, it made me excited and wanting to find out more about the game. This might be the first time a Call of Duty game has managed to achieve such a thing. In the following paragraphs I will discuss why I think you should be excited for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare as well.
A new developer, Sledgehammer Games
During the past years the Call of Duty franchise has been a two sided affair, with Treyarch and Infinity Ward alternating anual game releases . This time around Activision is throwing some fresh blood in the mix, in the form of Sledgehammer Games, the studio that is handling the development of Advanced Warfare. This might be just what the franchise needed.
Even though Call of Duty is one of the highest selling video game series, and Ghosts proves this by being the most sold game on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, I can’t help but notice the decline in sales and player interest. New developers with a new approach could turn this around and revitalise the franchise.
Being the new guys, Sledgehammer is having a lot of pressure on their shoulder because they are going to have a difficult job living up to fans expectations. And in order to do so they might even take some risks which will drive the game in directions the series has never been before. Watching the trailer and reading the director’s comments it seems this is exactly what they are doing. Sure, sci-fi elements have been present before in Black Ops, but Advanced Warfare takes it even further and these elements might even extend over to multiplayer. The exo-suit which offers enchanced abilities (increased strength, wall climbing and power jumping) could really spice things up if they bring it over to multiplayer.