Activision has officially announced Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (formerly referred to as Call of Duty 2014) with a trailer of in-game footage. The new shooter will bring players into a futuristic era.
The exact year of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare wasn't mentioned but from the look of things, it's several decades into the future. The trailer shows soldiers in exoskeleton suits that let them jump great distances and toss enemies like ragdolls. They ride into battle in tiltrotor aircraft with cloaking devices.
Based on yesterday's tease, it's safe to assume that these soldiers belong to a private military company. Their leader seems to be a character voiced by and modeled after Kevin Spacey. He does a lot of speechifying in the trailer.
"Democracy isn't what these people need. It's not even what they want. Hell, America's been trying to install democracy in nations for a century and it hasn't worked one time," he begins.
"The countries don't have the most basic building blocks to support a democracy. Little things like, 'We ought to be tolerant of those who disagree with us. We ought to be tolerant of those who worship a different god than us. That a journalist ought to be able to disagree with the president. And you think you can just march into these countries based on some fundamentalist religious principles, drop a few bombs, topple a dictator and start a democracy? Gimme a break."
His mention of a "century" of installing democracy is a clue to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's date. It's not clear when he's counting from, though. If he's talking about the aftermath of World War 2 where the United States and their allies constructed new governments in Japan and Germany, this game takes place in the 2040s.
The 2040s seems like a plausible time period for Advanced Warfare because some of the other technology viewed in the trailer (like civilian cars) don't look all that futuristic. The mercenaries have fantastic gadgets but they're the outlier. They have the most advanced weaponry around - and that's a problem, because Kevin Spacey has some sinister plans for his PMC. Here's the last sentence of his speech:
"People don't want freedom. they want boundaries, rules, protection from invaders and from themselves. People need a leader who can give them the support and the constraints to keep chaos at bay. You give them that and they'll follow. And that's where I come in."
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will launch on November 4th worldwide. The platforms aren't clear yet, though. Will this game be released on current-gen and last-gen consoles like Call of Duty: Ghosts, or will it be limited to PS4, Xbox One and PC? It's possible they might make separate games entirely for last-gen and current-gen, similar to what Ubisoft's doing with Assassin's Creed Comet and Assassin's Creed Unity.
The official announcement for Advanced Warfare was supposed to happen on Sunday. The trailer leaked early though so Activision was forced to release it themselves. Hopefully they'll have some other details to share this weekend.