Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer is about to be unveiled. Sledgehammer Games plans to show off the game's online modes during a special live event right before Gamescom.
"Join me, Xbox Live’s Aceybongos, and the creators of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for the world broadcast premiere of the next generation of Call of Duty multiplayer during a special live event streamed on Xbox Live," said Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb on his blog.
The Cologne, Germany event kicks off on August 11th at 1pm Eastern, or 10am Pacific. Microsoft will interview Sledgehammer Games and then premiere the new multiplayer trailer. While Microsoft says that this is an "exclusive" event, I'm sure that the trailer will be available everywhere almost immediately.
Microsoft's exclusive Call of Duty event is just another product of their long-running relationship with Activision. Their partnership also includes timed exclusivity for all Call of Duty DLC. Xbox consoles have received add-ons at least a month before other platforms for every game since the first Black Ops. That tradition will continue with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare as well.
We've only gotten little hints at Advanced Warfare's multiplayer thus far. Sledgehammer released a screenshot in June that confirmed 6v6 Capture the Flag matches will be returning. The shot also revealed the names of two multiplayer factions: Atlas and Sentinel. We don't know who Sentinel is, but Atlas is a private military company owned by Kevin Spacey's character.
The other multiplayer teaser came days later with an interview of the Sledgehammer's co-founders. They promised that Advanced Warfare's online modes will make abundant use of the futuristic tech seen in the single-player. The exoskeletons that give soldiers super-human strength and agility will be the "core of the game."
"Our multiplayer has what I’m going to call the biggest set of new, as you call it, cool gear that you’ve seen in a long time," said Sledgehammer Games' Michael Condrey at the time. "It’s a big step forward, from three years in development we’ve been able to innovate across the game. Everything you saw today… just imagine what that’s going to mean for multiplayer."
I'm expecting something close to Crysis' multiplayer: traditional gunfights mixed with superpowers that can be used sparingly. The enhanced mobility brought by the exoskeletons should make matches more fast-paced and less prone to bottlenecks. We'll find out just what Sledgehammer's planning in 10 days, though.
Gamescom 2014 will officially begin two days after the Advanced Warfare multiplayer reveal. The Cologne-based convention will run from August 13th to 17th.