Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare's release date is still weeks away but Activision decided that today's the day for a launch trailer. They've released a new gameplay montage centered on the single-player campaign.
Advanced Warfare is set in the mid-21st century. A terrorist group destroys the nuclear reactors of several countries throughout the world. These devastated nations turn to Atlas Corporation, a private military company, for protection. Atlas is led by Jonathan Irons, a speechifying businessman played by Kevin Spacey.
The player character is Jack Mitchell, a former U.S. marine. He's gravely wounded during a mission in Seoul, which you may have watched during Microsoft's E3 press conference. He joins Atlas and is outfitted with top-of-the-line technology as he strikes at enemies throughout the globe.
I'm going to take a lazy glance at my crystal ball here and say that Mitchell probably ends up fighting against Atlas itself eventually. I mean, Kevin Spacey can't just be a good guy, can he? I don't think you get the guy from House of Cards to play a kindly boss without evil plans. Plus, private military companies tend to be popular villains in video games nowadays. If you make a military shooter, your bad guy's either going to be terrorists, PMCs or fictional Third World countries.
Atlas' soldiers will have some impressive gadgets at their disposal. These range from threat-detection grenades to directed-energy weapons. The most significant innovation in Advanced Warfare, though, is the exoskeleton. This suit gives them super-strength while also enabling them to nimbly jump and climb across environments.
"The exoskeleton carries over into Multiplayer, where an all-new movement system changes the way players traverse the terrain," Activision says. "Chain together boost actions like jump, dodge, and dash in a fast and fluid style of play. Equip all-new abilities and armaments in the revamped Create-a-Class. Earn additional weapons and gear through in-game Supply Drops, outfitting your operator in the deepest customization experience in franchise history."
Oh, and in case you're wondering: the song isn't by the White Stripes. It's "Salute Your Solution" by the Raconteurs. Jack White was the vocalist for both groups.