The following preview is based on the Xbox One version of the game.
For the last couple of years Call of Duty has proven to be the go-to title for younger generations in each wave of fall releases. Providing some of the highest sales in the industry it certainly seemed there would be no stopping this behemoth of a franchise, but after Ghosts, Activision needed a new wildcard to keep it up and running before running into obscurity, and Sledgehammer’s first “real” next-gen interpretation of the Call of Duty IP may prove to finally introduce some much-needed change into the franchise. It may not be the first futuristic title in the franchise, as Black Ops II already holds that title, but Advanced Warfare does seem to provide a more technologically plausible take on its futuristic setting.
Set 40 years into the future Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare introduces the addition of the exo-skeleton, but will this addition prove to be the wildcard of the franchise, or will it fall into obscurity after just one title? We got to play a few rounds of Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer, and at its core is still the classic Call of Duty formula, but there are definitely some games layered over there that you might recognise in similarity.
After being set up at our demo stations we were introduced to the new lobby and customisation systems. The lobbies seemed pretty straightforward, and what we’ve come to expect from most first person shooters, but for the first time in the franchise you’ll be able to fully customise your character to adjust their appearance to your liking. After choosing a preset male or female character design you’ll be able to customise things such as your exo-skeleton, headgear, shoes, kneepads and pretty much all of the gear involved. Keep in mind that these customisations are purely cosmetic, and no character is stronger than the other. For some it might be a downside that gear doesn’t add any strategical advantages, but it offers a good sense of parity that certain players won’t be much more overpowered than others in this regard.