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Sledgehammer Games has released the first image from the 2014 Call of Duty. It tells us many things about the upcoming shooter, few of which are useful.
"We can't talk at all about Call of Duty for this year," Sledgehammer's Michael Condrey said during a presentation at GDC last month. "[Activision] said you can't show anything from Call of Duty this year, and you certainly can't show in-game rendered characters from this year's game."
Condrey then showed the above image from the game. A note indicated that it was an in-game character. The image was later spotted by IGN, who found the video of the presentation at the GDC Vault. The archive's since been purged of the video.
Who can blame Activision for trying to scrub this image from the Internet? It reveals a number of things about the game. Let's break down everything we know about Call of Duty 2014 just from this image:
"Sledgehammer is approaching this as a next-gen-first development,” Hirshberg told IGN in February. "Obviously in the console-transition year, anyone who developed a cross-generational game last year had to deal with the fact that the technology of the next-gen platforms was still coming into focus and changing quite a bit during the development process…. Now that we have the next-gen hardware out in the marketplace and solid, that is our primary development."
Activision typically announces the next Call of Duty in either April or May so expect an announcement soon. Presumably they'll maintain the November release date tradition as well but they haven't confirmed that. Until they do, keep staring at this virtual dude's cheek.