What do Jon Bernthal, Rose McGowan, John Malkovich and Bill Paxton have in common? If you’re playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, life just got a little easier when one of these names pop up because they’re all lending their voice talent to the Exo Zombies co-op game in the upcoming Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The popular wave-based zombie survival mode, conspicuously missing from the basic game, is returning as a DLC update.
As things were wrapping up around launch, we started playing around with the idea of what happens when zombies were thrown into the mix with exoskeleton gameplay. What we came up with is Exo Zombies – an entirely new breed of zombies and an entirely new co-op experience that is truly unique to Advanced Warfare.
They’re zombies, but they’re wearing armored exoskeletons! It’s like a Syfy movie, but with much larger paychecks for the actors.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Day Zero Edition has players dying by the millions in battles between exoskeleton-enhanced super soldiers today. Why not take a little quiet time in the single player campaign to honor those brave warriors’ sacrifices? Press F for thoughtful introspection during a lull between explosions.
Call of Duty live-action trailers are nothing new. Jonah Hill, Megan Fox, and even Robert Downey Jr. have appeared in them. They feature various celebrities shooting each other and mugging for the camera in what Activision would probably like you to think a multiplayer match feels like. Booyah! Explosions! We’re all buddies here! High-five while smiling at the bro love! The latest trailer (shown above) falls more in line with our live-action videogame commercial theater. Your buddy Taylor Kitsch, of John Carter and Friday Night Lights, does his best to super soldier his way through Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s implausible action. Bonus points for getting Peter Berg to direct.
The military and intelligence forces of the United States are often tasked to operate in tricky situations. Dismantling a corrupt regime, policing a newly “democratized” government, or responding to terrorist threats requires more policy nuance than we gamers typically see in the normal military shooter. That didn’t stop former Call of Duty developer Dave Anthony, director on Black Ops 2, from giving advice to members of a Washington think tank regarding the military. Speaking to a roomful of policymakers from the Atlantic Council, Anthony urged them to take lessons from video game marketing to “sell” unpopular concepts to voters.
“When we have a new product that has elements that we’re not sure how people will respond to, what do we do as a corporation? We market it, and we market it as much as we can – so that whether people like it or not, we do all the things we can to essentially brainwash people into liking it before it actually comes out.”
“I look at the U.S. military and government, ironically, as having some of the very same problems as what the Call of Duty franchise has. We are both on top of our game. We are both the best in the world at what we do. We both have enemies who are trying to take us down at any possible opportunity. But the difference is, we know how to react to that.”
Speaking of which, here is the latest video from Activision selling Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The game launches in November.
Whether you’re fighting under the Golden Gate Bridge, in Monument Valley, or inside a space elevator, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer appears to take all the stuff you’ve seen from previous big-budget shooters and combines them into one crazy game. Jetpacks, exo-suits, cloaking, and basketball disguised as satellite retrieval. The only thing missing is the anti-chopper dog. Where’s your helicopter-killing canine, Advanced Warfare? You can customize operators all you want, but without Riley, you’re nothing!
This is Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer. It’s got guns to shoot, levels to grind, and jetpacks. Swoosh! Jump up and fly gruff military guy! Fly away to safety!
Activision held a global media event (which can be watched here) to talk about all the special features of the new Call of Duty multiplayer. Sledgehammer Games has the reins of this installment and the major change is verticality. Exosuits and jetpacks allow players to traverse the arenas in all new ways, which means a reassessment of what works and what doesn’t. The class customization from Black Ops II is back and has increased from “Pick 10” to “Pick 13” allowing greater flexibility. Scorestreaks from Modern Warfare 3 are returning, but with modifiers that can change the rewards like an option to add rockets to turrets. The biggest progression change is item drops. Yes, loot has come to Call of Duty in the form of Supply Drops that can give players cosmetic skins as well as rare weapons with increased stats. You’ll have to grind for that bacon-themed Uzi now!
That’s a digital Kevin Spacey hamming it up in the trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Sledgehammer Games and Activision have been teasing the big reveal for the next installment in the long-running shooter franchise for days and this is it. The official site isn’t up yet. (There’s still two days to go on the countdown.) We do know that the game is set sometime in the future and that private military companies are the focus. Activision and VICE have even teamed up to produce this synergistic mini-documentary on the subject.
In an earlier earnings call to shareholders, Activision described the new game as “next-gen first” implying that it will be available on the older consoles, but it won’t be the focus of development. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches on November 4th, 2014.
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