Activision are keenly aware that if the multi-million selling franchise Call Of Duty is to remain on top, they need to make some changes. Call of Duty, despite its huge success has been under criticism for many years for regurgitating the same game, with minimal changes. Campaigns have been lacklustre since Call of Duty MW2 and there has been an over reliance on the ever popular multiplayer to help continuing sales. Even the promises that Call of Duty: Ghosts would feel like a brand new COD game fell completely short.
However, judging by the latest game trailer “Power Changes Everything,” which includes a glimpse into the new co-op mode Ex0-Survival, this copy paste mentality could well be behind Activision. Three different studios (Sledgehammer, Treyarch & Raven software/NeverSoft) will take it in turns each year to make a new Call of Duty game, giving each studio three years to make significant changes and improvements.
This year Sledgehammer are stepping up to make 2014’s Call of Duty: Advance Warfare. The new trailer finds that Call of Duty has more in common with Destiny (another Activision published title) and rival shooter Titanfall, coupled with a dose of the intense shaky cam effect often found in the Battlefield series.
However, this mesh of ideas appears to be working in Activision’s favour, because when watching the new trailer you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was a brand new shooter. Anyone would be hard pressed to say that this is definitely a Call of Duty game. The cinematics and in-game action merge beautifully and look stunning. Gameplay looks intense and frantic. If Activision and the three developers behind the franchise are serious about their new three-year plan, Call of Duty may well not only be one of the most commercially successful games of all time, but one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time.
Enjoy the trailer.
Call of Duty: Advance Warfare is available worldwide from 4th of November on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Fans who pre-order have access to the Day Zero edition, which is available from the 3rd of November and includes double XP, an advance arsenal DLC and 2 bonus weapon variants.