Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Activision has been embroiled in a massive scandal as of late — its sister studio Blizzard has been accused of misogyny and fostering a toxic, abusive culture. Some of the accusations are so nauseating that sites have had to post a warning before describing them. CEO Bobby Kotick’s response was typically Koticky (read: tone-deaf, arrogant and avoiding the issue), prompting Activision’s employees to stage a massive walk-out. It’s in this firestorm that Activision has been forced to reveal its next Call of Duty. So, uh….how is it?
After several years of pushing the franchise forward and far-flung into the future, the Call of Duty series has officially returned to its roots with the arrival of Call of Duty: WWII. This game take the franchise back to its roots, but with a modern graphical twist, as well as new gameplay features, here is some of what you can expect:
The upcoming Call of Duty game is taking things back to the beginning for the franchise, World War II. But, the team at Sledgehammer Games isn’t just rehashing old material, rather, they’re bringing the boons of the new age of gaming to make this a title that will stand out. For example, they have just announced the new Headquarters part of the game.
Zombie hordes are invading the Call of Duty universe in the new Havoc DLC pack. The DLC release arrives on Xbox Live next week. For now however, Activision and Sledgehammer Games have released a new trailer video for the Exo Zombies Mode in the Havoc DLC pack, which is available below.
The first downloadable content pack for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Havoc, will be out later this month for Xbox Live. In anticipation of the DLC release, Activision and Sledgehammer Games have released a new behind-the-scenes video featurette for the upcoming Havoc DLC pack. The video is available in the player below.
The first DLC offering for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare includes four new multiplayer maps, new weapons, including the AE4 directed energy assault rifle and the the AE4 Widowmaker custom variant, plus the first chapter of the new zombies cooperative mode called Exo Zombies.
The Exo Zombies co-op mode looks like it will be the highlight of the DLC release. Exo Zombies features a new story scenario that is told through eyes of four employees of the Atlas corporation. A DNA bioweapon gives birth to hordes of infected, mutant zombies. An entire secret Atlas research facility has been overrun, and personnel are on the run for their lives. After a failed evacuation, four survivors must face the zombies, despite being un-trained and un-prepared. The new gameplay mode features an all-star celebrity voice cast, including John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGown and Jon Bernthal, who all provided their voices and likenesses for the game.
The Havoc DLC pack for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is due out on January 27 via Xbox Live for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. The DLC pack will be available for other platforms at a later date. The Havoc DLC release is the first of four planned DLC packs for the game to be released throughout 2015. The DLC pack is available separately for $15 or together with the Season Pass.
The first DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which was first revealed just a few days ago, is set to launch worldwide on January 27. That release date though is exclusive to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 due to an agreement between Activision and Microsoft that will see all of the DLC for the game release first on Xbox consoles. PlayStation and PC gamers should be able to get their hands on the content in late February.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare may have only just hit store shelves but the development team behind the first-person shooter are already hard at work in addressing fan feedback and implementing improvements. Speaking in a Reddit post, Michael Condrey of Sledgehammer Games explained how the developer is hard at work on a number of modifications and gameplay changes and asked fans to provide further feedback. “Here are some of the polish items that we are working on (not in priority order),” said Condrey. “Would love to hear from you on other top opportunities for improvement. Please share your voice and help Advanced Warfare be the best community built game to date.”
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will run natively at 1080p on the PlayStation 4, but will run at a minimum resolution of 1360×1080 on Xbox One, Sledgehammer Games has confirmed.
Activision has revealed the content you’ll get with the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass.
Talking to Game Informer Sledgehammer co-studio head Glen Schofield revealed that the developer was working on a third-person shooter version of Call of Duty. According to Schofield the game was set in Vietnam and would have featured players having to adapt to the battlefield and overcome a number of obstacles.
It’s no secret that Sledgehammer Games, co-developer of 2012’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, is working on a new Call of Duty title. Job listings have been popping up all over the web since early February, including Gamasutra, and more recently LinkedIn. However, given the context of Call of Duty: Ghosts’ reveal a week ago, we’re baffled as to what it is Sledgehammer is currently recruiting for.
An eagle-eyed NeoGAF forum user has spotted that Neversoft Entertainment, the studio behind the finger-flipping Tony Hawk Pro Skater and finger-flexing Guitar Hero, is actively hiring staff for a future Call of Duty title.(more…)