Come See Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exoskeleton-Powered Multiplayer in Action for the First Time

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Call of Duty draws a lot of hate for offering the same basic gameplay template with each new installment, like an annually updated sports game with new rosters and minor tweaks and additions. How successful Advanced Warfare‘s attempts to bring the series into the future turn out to be will be decided when the game launches in November, but right now it’s pretty clear that Sledgehammer Games is taking the franchise in a bold new direction. In the multiplayer arena most of all.

Yeah, okay, so the multiplayer, unveiled today in the world premiere of the first gameplay trailer embedded below, isn’t all that original. Based on what’s been shown, Advanced Warfare essentially boils down to the fast-paced twitch action Call of Duty is known for combined with exoskeleton powers similar to Crysis and acrobatic map traversal like Titanfall. Which is fine, because good mechanics from other good games should be adopted by other games, and so far Advanced Warfare appears to be borrowing ideas and making them feel distinctly Call of Duty. That’s how evolving game design should work.

Beyond the flashy future-tech weapons and exoskeletons, Advanced Warfare‘s multiplayer promises the deepest experience in series history, including features like: Pick 13 create-a-class; Create-an-Operator soldier customization; a brand new Supply Drop loot reward system; the new directed energy weapon class in an arsenal of close to 350 custom weapons; a Virtual Firing Range for testing weapon loadouts before matches begin; cooperative scorestreaks; and 12 match types, including newcomers Uplink and Momentum. See, lots of shiny new toys to play with!

Finally, capitalizing on the multiplayer reveal hype, Activision has announced immediate pre-order availability of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition. (I guess Day One Editions are no longer in style.) While supplies last, pre-ordered copies, including the Kevin Spacey approved collector’s editions, will come with special Day Zero perks like early access to the game 24 hours before official launch (yes, one whole day, yippee!) with double experience, two custom weapons (AK-12G Assault Rifle and Crossbow-B2) and an Advanced Arsenal pack containing two other pieces of gear (Bullet Brass exoskeleton and EM1 Quantum directed energy weapon).

Are you feeling the power of Advanced Warfare?

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