Sledgehammer Games released the very first screenshot from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer this weekend through Twitter. It's bound to disappoint you.
This image barely counts as a screenshot. Still, it does tell us a couple important things about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer. For starters, the two multiplayer factions are Atlas and Sentinel. Atlas Corporation is the private military company run by Kevin Spacey in the game's campaign. We don't know who Sentinel is yet, but they could very well be another PMC.
The screenshot also confirms that classic mode Capture the Flag will be coming back. No one doubted it would, but let this image further erase your non-doubt. It appears that CTF will be a six-on-six type as usual. There's a possibility this wasn't a full match, though.
While multiplayer is the reason that most players buy Call of Duty, Sledgehammer hasn't detailed the online gameplay of Advanced Warfare yet. They announced the game with a story trailer this spring that explained the futuristic setting. At E3, they showed off an early mission from the game's campaign.
This is consistent with their usual strategy for rolling out Call of Duty information. Last year, they waited until August to show off Call of Duty: Ghosts' multiplayer. They did the same with Black Ops 2. Modern Warfare 3's online modes were unveiled in the first week of September.
The approach seems to make sense. It allows them to talk about the most desirable feature of the game in close proximity to the release date, making it easier to rustle up pre-orders. Plus, a later multiplayer reveal gives the development team extra time to polish the part of the game that's most likely to reel in customers.
It's likely we'll see the first multiplayer gameplay trailer for Advanced Warfare in August or September, then. Activision manages to make hundreds of millions every fall with a new Call of Duty. There's not much incentive for them to change up their routine at all. It's working for them like clockwork.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will launch on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 on November 4th. There have been some clues that the game's coming to Wii U as well but Activision's yet to confirm that.