Activision and Sledgehammer Games have released a brand new seven minute video detailing some of the features of Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer experience. While some videos of the multiplayer’s gameplay have been circulating on YouTube, this video gives a more in-depth look at the new features added to spice up the familiar Call of Duty formula.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare introduces a futuristic look that not only affects the way customization works, but also influences gameplay to create a more fast-paced game style that will add more intensity to gunfights and melee attacks.
The main new feature highlighted is the Exoskeleton which will allow players more freedom in the way they move. This gives players the ability to perform things such as the boost jump, boost dodge, boost slide, boost dash, and the boost slam which will introduce a brand new way to use a melee attack.
In addition, there are several different abilities that can be used with the Exoskeleton to create a more diverse and tactical approach to gameplay.
This includes features such as the Exo Shield, a quick-deploy shield attached to your Exo’s arm, the Exo Overclock which increases footspeed, the Exo Stim which temporarily generates health beyond normal levels, and the Exo Cloak which allows players to visually conceal themselves for a short duration of time.
The Exoskeleton also offers an Exo Launcher which substitutes the normal action of throwing different grenades. The wrist-mounted launcher shoots off the different grenades available, including the new tracking drone.
New perks also surround the Exoskeleton, presenting a balanced system that will allow players to create an unique strategy based on their own particular skills.
But beyond the new features of the Exoskeleton, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare also introduces more ways to customize your character and loadout.
Inspired by Black Ops 2’s Pick 10 system, Advanced Warfare introduces a new Pick 13 system to help players create their own loadouts to enhance their playstyles. The Pick 13 system offers a familiar layout for returning players, including wildcards that offer selections like more perks. In addition, there are four scorestreak slots to cater to a player’s specific skills.
Scorestreaks can also be customized for added functionality, and the brand new Firing Range, available at the press of a button, will allow players to immediately test out their weapons before hopping into a match.
The customization continues with the Create-An-Operator system which will allow players to switch the look and details of their own character. This includes male and female options and progresses through selections that can change the look and color of the character’s equipment.
More equipment can also be earned through the new loot system called Supply Drop which will allow players to unlock new equipment based on the amount of time played. Supply Drop gives players the change to acquire weapon loot and character gear to further customize their characters.
The supplies come in three rarity classes: Unlisted, Professional, and Elite; once a player’s character is customized, he/she can be shown off in the virtual lobby. All players in the virtual lobby can show off all of their customization options, allowing players to see what each operator has equipped and customized before beginning a match.
The introduction of the Exoskeleton has influenced the way each map was created in an attempt to bring in new ways to experience the multiplayer action. Only a small selection of the maps was revealed:
Defender takes place in a shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, deep inside an abandoned bunker. It’s meant to allow different ways to use the Exoskeleton abilities to create numerous avenues of action and possibilities in different gamemodes.
BioLab takes place in a bio-engineering laboratory which features narrow hallways to force intense combat. In addition, there are chemical containers that can be used to take out enemies with toxic gas.
Riot is a bombed prison in Baghdad that contains a functioning tracking system that can effectively track enemy soldiers with laser monitors to twist gameplay.
Ascend takes place inside a space elevator’s terminal. The Exoskeleton will help players avoid the installed defense turrets that can be activated by enemy players.
Advanced Warfare plans to bring more than 12 game modes on Day One. This includes favorites like Hardpoint, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Search and Destroy. But there are also new additions to shift the normality of gameplay, including gametypes such as Uplink which will enhance fast-paced gameplay with more tactical approaches to obtain goals.
There is so much to look forward to with Advanced Warfare, and I admit that this is the first time I’ve been sincerely excited about Call of Duty since Black Ops 2. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be released on November, 4, 2014 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, and PC.