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Activision Enlists Kevin Spacey To Sell Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare's New Brand Of Combat

Posted by Damien McFerran

Last gen versions are coming, but will Wii U be included?

Activision has shown off the reveal trailer for the latest entry in its massively popular Call of Duty series, and this time you'll be playing with even more futuristic toys.

The footage for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare shows exo-suits, hoverbikes and special gloves which allow the wearer to scale tall buildings, Spider-Man style. However, taking center stage is famed Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey, who provides vocal duties and has allowed his likeness to be used in the game as the head of a private military organisation. In terms of story and setting it's all a bit Metal Gear Solid if you ask us, but that's no bad thing.

The other big news is that neither Infinity Ward or Treyarch are handling this new title — Activision-owned Sledgehammer Games is taking the controls for the first time in the history of the series. Sledgehammer previously worked with Infinity Ward on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

As the trailer so proudly states, the footage shown is taken from the Xbox One version of the game. However, unlike Batman: Arkham Knight, it would seem that Advanced Warfare won't be skipping current-gen consoles — former Transformers developer High Moon Studios is apparently responsible for covering those formats, but it's not known for sure if this will be a port of the next-gen offering or an entirely new release:

If the Xbox 360 and PS3 are indeed getting this new title, then that means there's a reasonable chance that the Wii U will also be invited to the party. The past two Call of Duty games — Black Ops II and Ghosts — have both made their way to Nintendo's machine.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches on November 4th this year.

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Peach64 said:

I like that setting a lot more than the previous ones, but I think CoD is done. A change in hardware generations usually wipes the slate clean for top selling franchises. CoD was the big new things last gen, replacing Medal of Honour, and I think a combination of Titanfall and Destiny will kill off CoD.



luminalace said:

It will happen. It may not even get announced and Sledgehammer games won't even speak about the Wii U version in future, but come November 4, magically the Wii U version will launch alongside the other versions. The game will also be handled by Treyarch on Wii U. This cycle has repeated itself the last 5 games in the Call of Duty series and across both the Wii and now the Wii U.



Shiryu said:

Sold! Will happily buy this on Wii U, hope Treyarch is handling the Wii U version like always.



cookiex said:

If it's coming to Wii U it won't be made official until a only a few months before release (Black Ops II was made official during the Wii U conference in New York, Nintendo confirmed Ghosts sometime in August) and will probably be ported by Treyarch, unless they've gotten rid of their Wii U team or something.

Kevin Spacey tho. <3



ArcanineArco said:

This is what I think (in order)

1) Activision is on the fence about Wii U release
2) They keep quiet on Wii U release
3) Mario Kart 8 is hot, sells tons! Wii U consoles fly off shelves
4) Activision: "Dayum, we have to put it on Wii U now fo sho"
5) Treyarch port it to Wi U like they always do
6) CoD: AW Wii U Confirmed



Giygas_95 said:

Why not call it Black Ops III? It sure looks like an even more futuristic Black Ops II, but I'm guessing the characters will all be different.



PJR0cks said:

yeah all theses top AAA game sold between 100-200 k in Wii U, this really doesn't justify a port to Wii U, I hope Mk8 bundles sell and provide a better platform for 3rd party releases, Wii U will be my only home console, sad to miss out on some great games, although I am a PC gamer and I rather play FPS on my PC, but games like Assassin's Creed and watch dogs are definitely console games.



kyuubikid213 said:

Likely not getting it since the next Call of Duty I plan to get, should it ever come out, is Black Ops III.

I think it will come out on Wii U since pretty much all of the Call of Duty games came out on the Wii and DS. I mean, really, the DS? I enjoyed them and thought they were mostly well put together (hated Black Ops), but I don't think anyone asked for Call of Duty on the DS.



EverythingAmiibo said:

COD KEEPS COPYING GHOST RECON!!! First CoD: Ghosts... remind you of anything? Yep, that's what the agents in GR are called, Ghosts. Now CoD: Advanced WarfARE!! What was GR's 2nd series called again? Oh yeah, GR: Advanced WarfIGHTER... hmmm. I say their next game is CoD: War Recon



Caryslan said:

I enjoy the COD series, and unlike alot of people, really enjoyed Ghosts. I'm gonna pick this up on the PS3 when it comes out.



JosieC84 said:

Why can't Activision just let go of COD?? We want new fresh ideas, not recycled content. I don't even care if it looks realistic and blockbuster like. Kevin Spacey is a fantastic actor but still doesn't make me want buy this game. There are probably more COD titles games than Mario Kart now...wait...hang on...!

COD 6 MW 2
COD 8 MW 3 - surpasses Mario Kart series
COD 9 BO 2
COD 10 Ghosts

So this means this will be the 11th entry.

Time for a change, Activision!



MoonKnight7 said:

There is no way this is coming to Wii U. The last two didn't sell well at all on the Wii U, they won't waste their time with it.



Jimmy_G_Buckets said:

Im done with COD but it will be interesting to see how well it is received this generation. I would think people moved on to Titanfall and then Destiny. On another note: I thought Spacey was the President.



Captain_Gonru said:

@JosieC84 No "probably" about it. And the critics say Mario is overused.
Activision won't give up on CoD until people stop buying it. If this skips Wii U,, I'm not going to lose any sleep. It's not like people were going to rush out to buy one just for CoD.



Captain_Gonru said:

@MoonKnight7 Bear in mind, though, that Ghosts didn't get the retail push that the 360 and PS3 versions did. My local Target, for instance, had versions for those two systems in no less than four places in the store at launch. For Wii U, by contrast, they got two copies. Which had no shelf spot assigned. And were already in the Target inventory system as "Discontinued", according to an anonymous employee.



Caryslan said:

@JosieC84 Because each entry sells millions each year and are still fairly popular games. Ghosts was the second best selling game last year, despite the mixed reviews that it got.

Asking Activision to stop making Call of Duty is like expecting Microsoft to stop making Halo games, or asking Nintendo to stop making Mario or Pokemon.

Call of Duty will not go away unless it stops selling. Ghosts still managed to sell 19 million copies last year despite everyone insting Battlefield 4 would beat it and everyone acting like its a dying brand.

And why does everyone think Titanfall is going to kill Call of Duty? It has barely broken 2 million units across 3 platforms. Maybe it will pick up or the sequel will push the series further, but its kinda like the FPS shooters that were labeled Halo killers during the 2000s. Besides Killzone, how many of those are still around? And even Killzone's sales are nothing compared to Halo's.

The Call of Duty series may be in decline, but I think its a brand that will have a hard time going away.



XCWarrior said:

Kevin Spacey, in his first real Shovelware since Superman returns!

It's COD, I wish I could say nobody cares, but any gamer with good taste doesn't care.



Caryslan said:

@XCWarrior Why does everyone think that anyone who enjoys a COD game must either have bad tastes in gaming or is a dudebro gamer who is playing COD while gulping down Mountain Dew and Doritos?

I like Call of Duty and I'm looking forward to this game. Just like I'm looking forward to Smash Bros, and several other games that are coming out this year. I've played video games since the Sega Genesis, and I enjoy all kinds of games.

Call of Duty is one of the series that I happen to enjoy. Now, can we please stop with this bashing and idea that every single person who likes Call of Duty must somehow have bad taste in gaming....



taffy said:

Even if it does come to Wii U it's not going to get any of the DLC or Elite. Don't get me wrong I'm enjoying Black Ops 2 but refused to buy it brand new when I realized that we weren't going to get the same support as the other versions. Why should I pay the same price as the other versions when I'm getting the inferior product.



Caryslan said:

@taffy I play COD games on the PS3, but I can understand the frustration. On the Wii, there was always the argument that the map packs and other extras had to be cut out to make the game work. But on the Wii U, it would be nice to see versions on those systems get the same level of support as the other platforms.

I don't get Activison's logic with this. They stand to make money by putting out camo packs, extra slot packs, and other extras on the Wii U.



Giygas_95 said:

@PvtOttobot Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Oh and don't forget the futuristic setting and practically useless optical camo in Black Ops II (Future Soldier).

@MAB Ditto.



ULTRA-64 said:

I hope it has a new animal side kick, something cool and 'in' like a meerkat or a Fox!!!
Seriously though.....I only buy cod games with zombies and since this has none revealed, I'm out.



MAB said:

Wrong! Halo fanboys eat Doritos and drink Mountain Spew... CoD fanboys are into Mother




TheWhiteFalcon said:

I wonder how much MS paid to get the little "Captured from Xbox One" tag at the front.

CoD games have a long shelf life, so while they may not have sold gangbusters at launch on the Wuu they'll continue to sell over the years.



UnknownNico said:

None of the new features will be actually used in the multiplayer, and let's face it, the only reason that COD is still around is because of the multiplayer.

If they do actually use the features, well, good on them.



Viagro said:

How about a non-racist, non-xenophobic COD game where United Statesians work on building democracy in the USA?



Kicked2TheKirb said:

'Last gen coming but is Wii U on the list?' They make it sound like Wii U is worse than PS3 and XBox360 .... horrible.



Viagro said:

@Shadowyugi It's criticising the USA's failed attempts to install 'democracies' overseas due to their lack of infrastructure... I'm not sure CoD would ever be bold enough to make the USA the real enemy (that would alienate a lot of players) though I really hope it does!



Dark-Link73 said:

Wait. Where did you get your information Damien? I read yesterday on the internet, and even saw on the official CoD website that the official reveal won't be until Sunday.

Also: "The other big news is that neither Infinity Ward or Treyarch are handling this new title — Activision-owned Sledgehammer Games is taking the controls for the first time in the history of the series."

That's no really "news". It was announced last year after the release of Ghosts.



Meaty-cheeky said:

I don't understand Activisons business model by running their games into the ground, They are their own worst enemy by releasing the same game over and over again. Activision killed off Tony Howk pro skater, guitar Hero, and DJ Hero, and their doing the same thing all over again with Call of Duty, hopefully Destiny doesn't get the same treatment.



jakysnakydx said:

@Meaty-cheeky I realy appreciate you pointing this out. Seriously, so few people recognize it. They argue Mario and Legend of Zelda have already been processed through a blender but Call of Duty is still fresh and magnificent. It's complete horse crap. This game doesn't even appeal to me because it has the Call of Duty name. I'm serious. I'm so sick of 'Call of Duty' that if this was just re branded as something else I'd be 20x more interested. IN a perfect world the gameplay would change up a bit, it wouldn't be the slightly more complicated Halo 4 1/2 it appears to be and they'd allow all of these new concepts they're developing to turn into something fun and interesting!



shingi_70 said:

Game looks to change up a lot and its Kevin spacey so I'm there day one. I hope the campgain takes a lot of ques gameplay wide from black ops 2.

Activision has quite the pay day ahead of them between this Destiny and Skylanders.



yokokazuo said:

It looks interesting, but MW3 was my least favourite CoD so I'm not sure if I will enjoy this one.



markybbop said:

The wiiu is suppose to be far more powerful than ps3 and xbox360 so why tie it in with them. Was we all missold on this product



Meaty-cheeky said:

@jakysnakydx agreed

So many Xbox & PS fanboys say Mario is rehashed and overused yet, Nintendo only release a real 3D Mario adventure game one or two times per system generation, but the Xbox 360 gets NINE! Call of Duty games for one systems generation. Thats simply insane and overkill.



memoryman3 said:

@outburst Why do they give us the low tier games such as Spider Man, but not announce CoD at the same day? It's like we're being singled out again! At least I have PS4.....



armoredghor said:

so now we've seen the single player trailer. Is there going to be anything new on the multiplayer front where most of the time is spent?



kereke12 said:

Kevin Spacey in COD duty, IM SOLD!!!!!! <3 but if its not coming for Wii U. I'll just buy it on Xbox 360 instead. I just hope Nintendo gets this one.



Giygas_95 said:

@Meaty-cheeky @jakysnakydx Yeah, and if you look at the frequency of their releases, there have been about nineteen mainstream Mario platformers since 1985 (that's not counting racers or RPGs as those aren't really Mario games in the traditional since). That's nineteen games in almost thirty years. Call of Duty will have had eight games since 2007 as of this year. That's almost half the number of games in only about a quarter of the time. And I'd say this series has seen far less deviation and variety than Mario...I'm not trying to be a raging Nintendo fanboy or a CoD hater, but it's worth mentioning.

Plus, all those guys jumping through the air and climbing walls is reminding me of the Matrix or something...

@MAB I ain't a CoD fanboy if that's what you're hinting at!



JaxonH said:


Exactly. Sure, CoD is in decline, but when you're declining from tens of millions in annual sales, it's a LONG WAY to the bottom. CoD will remain a force to be reckoned with the duration of this gen, and perhaps even the generation to come.



JaxonH said:

I'll pick this up if it comes to Wii U. I always do. If they care enough to bring it, then I care enough to buy it (might not necessarily get around to PLAYING it for a year or two, but I will buy it day one).



Caryslan said:

@JaxonH I also think Activision has options with Call of Duty if they feel its decline in terms of sales is getting too dangerous. One thing they can do is withdraw the series from the market for several years, develop a new engine, and hype up a new Call of Duty that has had years of development.

There are ways to jumpstart a brand.

The thing is, people need to understand that Call of Duty is not a dying brand. If Ghosts which got a mixed reaction from critics, sour reception from fans, and was generally considered a step back from Black Ops II could manage to sell 19 million copies and still remains on best-seller lists as recent as last month, then Call of Duty has a long way to go before it dies.

Plus, all the hyped COD killers have pretty much failed to uphold their hype. Medal of Honor is once again on the backburner and being retooled, countless military shooters have all tried to take down Call of Duty and have failed, and perhaps most tellingly, Battlefield 4 despite massive hype, has sold less that Battlefield 3, and is not even close to the numbers Ghosts has.

So, I don't see Call of Duty going anywhere anytime soon. At 19 million copies, Ghosts is only a few million short of Black Ops II's sales. As for Titanfall and Destiny, those seem like FPS games that cater more towards the Halo crowd then the Call of Duty crowd.

Unless Titanfall explodes in sales or Destiny breaks all kinds of records, I think Call of Duty is fine. But even of those games prove to be a massive success, that does not mean Call of Duty will suddenly fail. Halo has thrived on the Xbox despite Call of Duty's popularity. Why would it be any different with Call of Duty?



Caryslan said:

@JaxonH I don't care about what people say, I'm getting Advanced Warfare on the PS3 when it comes out. I personally enjoyed Ghosts and did not think it was as bad as every said. To me, Call of Duty is one of many games that I'm hyped for this year(Smash Bros is another major one), and I'm really not into the whole "COD is ruining gaming movement that seems to be popular". To me, its a pretty fun series that I tend to get my money's worth out of.



JaxonH said:


Right again. CoD isn't a GotY contender by any means, but it's still a very solid FPS and tbh, I've never played one I haven't enjoyed, ESPECIALLY on Wii U with the Wiimote/Nunchuk. Best FPS control setup ever.



MadAdam81 said:

Call of Duty generally has a dumb single player campaign, but the multiplayer can be very fun. If you can ignore the bad parts of the campaign, that can be enjoyed as well.
As this is a different developer, it will be interesting to see if anything changes. I own Black Ops 2 for Wii U, hut when it come to fps, I prefer games that are a hit more intelligent.



Mahe said:

Based on the trailer, this actually seems to have an interesting setting.



Excep7ional said:

@Caryslan I'm getting Advanced Warfare for the PS3 as well. The only Call Of Duty game I played for a great amount of time was the first Modern Warfare, although I did play all of them, just not as much. So this game will practically be fresh for me in a way. I think the only reason why people hated ghost so much was because you couldn't really run and gun like you could in the previous versions. Activision put more emphasis on teamwork with the bigger maps and all. People just weren't used to the gameplay, died a lot, and hated it because of that.



memoryman3 said:

@Mahe Getting it for PS4, because I don't think the PS3 and 360 will be 60fps this time (port is outsourced to High Moon Studios)



BinaryFragger said:

I'll be getting it for the Xbox 360, unless there happens to be a Wii U version.

I agree 100%. The Call of Duty games aren't masterpieces but if you want a good FPS with excellent controls, fun maps and solid multiplayer, you really can't go wrong. Best of all, the games just WORK (unlike the Battlefield 4 fiasco). Quite frankly, I think a lot of people hate the series simply because it's "cool" and trendy to do so. Then you have ignorant and insulting comments like XCWarrior's...



Caryslan said:

@Excep7ional The thing with the maps, is that they are not really far off from the design of World at War and Black Ops I's maps. World at War especially had some huge maps, that ofter employed changes in terrain and encouraged players to stick together. Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops II went in the opposite direction with their maps, making them smaller and putting more emphasis in having corridors as opposed to wide open stages.

World at War and Black Ops II were my favorite games in the series, so that's why the maps in Ghosts did not seem so jarring for me. Ghost's maps felt like a mix of the best elements from both World at War, Modern Warfare I, and Black Ops I in terms of stage design.

Something Ghosts did not get any credit for was the awesome changes to create-a-class. That system is arguably the most flexible create a class in any COD game, and you could pretty much customize the loadouts to suit virtually any playstyle.

Its a much better system than the Pick 10 from Black Ops II, which often felt too limiting.

Not to mention, with Ghosts you have the freedom to unlock anything in multiplayer if you have enough tokens to buy the item, regardless of level. Its an awesome change, and allows players more freedom to play their style much more quickly as opposed to slogging though levels. Overkill was one of the first things I bought, since I like having a long range rifle and a close range weapon on me at all times. In other Call of Duty games, you would have to wait until Level 30 to get Overkill. In that game, you could have it early on. Again, a nifty change that no review bothered to mention.

As for the rest of the game, I thought Ghosts had an excellent campaign mode. As for losing the multiple choice endings and choices throughout the single player, those would not have worked in Ghosts. The impact of the ending would have been lost had you been given a multiple choice to avoid what happens and the story does not really set itself up to allow you to do the RTS missions like in Black Ops II.

There are some things that I wish had come back from Black Ops II, but I think people were so obsessed with comparing the two games, they often ignored the changes that Ghosts brought to the table. Was it the wholesale revolution that changed Call of Duty as we know it? No, but it was a great game, and there are certain things it does better than Black Ops II did.

I'll never understand how Ghosts got 3s and 4s when its a pretty game overall. To so degree, I think people wanted Ghosts to be a Black Ops 2.5 that had all the stuff of that game, and when Ghosts went in its own direction, it got bashed to no end.



JaxonH said:


You know what I say? I say everyone should just play what they like, and I know it might take some adjusting but people should make a concious effort to not hate any video game. If you don't enjoy playing a certain game, don't play it. But just like Nintendo fans don't like it when other gamers tell them how much Nintendo games suck, I'm sure CoD fans don't appreciate Nintendo fans telling THEM how much THEIR game of choice sucks.

People really should learn how to play and let play.



CapeSmash said:

I don't know about you guys, but I hate the idea of yearly franchises.

Assasain's Creed - Every October
Skylanders - Every year
Just Dance - Every year
Call of Duty - Every November
Fifa - Every year
Madden - Every year

(Ironicly, those were the top best-selling games of 2013)



jon45030 said:

@memoryman3 oh please ps4 is reallyfreakingsilly sony wishes they were as cool as nintendo if it wasnt for nintendo we wouldnt even have playstation



Vincent294 said:

@Caryslan I know. CoD is overrated, but it's so annoying when you're hated just for not hating it. I guess there's always hipsters who deviate from the mainstream just to be counter-culture as opposed to having a reason. There's not liking CoD, which is perfectly fine, and then there's hating those that don't hate it. It's the latter that annoys me.



Laxeybobby said:

According to Activision support (UK) (via email response to the question of is it coming to the WiiU), there are no plans for Advance Warfare or any future CoD games for the WiiU. "The WiiU is an unviable platform for the future of the Call of Duty series and therefor Call of Duty Advance Warfare is not in development for the WiiU"



Ichiban said:

Say what you will about COD, but its the only fps i know that has 4 player split screen these days. Ive had many a great time playing Blops/Blops 2 with friends and my nephews. Its like a modern Goldeneye in that regard, and i can tell you if Rare were pumping out a new 007 game every year, my younger self woulda been stoked!



XCWarrior said:

@Caryslan I feel ya man. It's fun to knock on COD b/c it's COD and knock on all yearly installment games. It's a travesty to the gamer they come out with a new game each year, make you pay extra for a season pass and DLC. You end up spending almost $100 a year on game (or more?)!

If you like them, fine, but try Team Fortress 2. It's about 157x more fun, and you can play it for FREE. On Steam. And it's amazing.

Side Note: This is the laziest game in the series yet, they are upporting a GBA game for crying out loud!



Caryslan said:

@XCWarrior You don't have to buy the season passes, camos, or extra maps to enjoy a Call of Duty. I own several COD games on the PS3, and Ghosts is the first one I have gotten a Season Pass for and that came with the Hardened Edition I picked up as a Birthday Gift. Otherwise, the only maps I have for the other games, were bundled with the games for free.

I buy the Camo Packs, and that's about it.

Why play this argument? Every COD game is complete on its own. You never have to buy a single extra thing to enjoy the games.

And yeah, I could play Team Fortress 2 if it were not for the fact that I really did not enjoy it when I tried it on the PS3. And the Steam thing means nothing for me, since I will never use a PC for gaming anyway. I only use a PC for writing stuff and surfing the internet. When I want to play a video game, I want to do it as far away from a PC as I can get. I've grown up on consoles my life, so I'll play games on a console or handheld.

My computers have enough problems with browsers, I'm not going to play a game on them outside of maybe Simcity 3000.

I enjoy Call of Duty for what it is. That's why the argument of just go play Battlefield, Halo, Team Fortress, "insert FPS title" here does not work for me. If I wanted to play those games, I would have them. Call of Duty is pretty much the only FPS game that I enjoy the multiplayer in. Most others like Doom 3, Half-Life 2, Wolfenstien 3D, Classic Doom(Doom I & II), Duke Nukem 3D, and Duke Nukem Forever(yes, I enjoyed that game), and Bioshock I played those for the single player and never touched the multiplayer.

I don't see what the problem with Call of Duty is. People act like they are being forced to buy each new one and all the extras that come with it. Call of Duty is what it is, and I enjoy the series for that reason. Its not like I've even bought most of them at full-price anyway. Ghosts was pretty much the only one I got on launch day.

By the way, what are you talking about with the GBA comment?

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