Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has been unveiled with an explosive trailer. The game’s fans have a lot to look forward to: the new game takes us all the way to the year 2052. In the midst of huge explosions and Hollywood-style action scenes, though, it’s possible you might have missed some of the details.
Luckily for you, we’ve studied the images from the game and found a few details that might have escaped your eye. Here we’ll analyze 10 key details from the first Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer to help you get the most information you can.
1. Exoskeletons in the closet
Exoskeletons play a central role in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. In real life, early versions of the motorized armor are already capable of helping wearers to handle heavy loads and movement by increasing their physical abilities.
In the world of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, exoskeletons are common and the main character will be equipped with one throughout the solo campaign.
After each successful mission, the player will receive experience points that will increase and improve their armor’s special abilities:
- Ultrafast escape to take shelter
- Super jumps
- Magnetic gloves to climb over smooth surfaces
- Invisibility with optical camouflage
- Ultrafast speed (time deceleration)
Although nothing has been officially leaked about other Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare modes, it’s likely that some of these powers will also be part of the multiplayer game following the example of Riley, the war dog introduced in Call of Duty: Ghosts.
2. On the shoulders of Atlas
The Atlas organization will be the main antagonist in the single player campaign of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Originally, this group didn’t have the paramilitary force we can see in the first images of the game.
In the world of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Atlas initially plays the role of a new kind of philanthropic organization: thanks to its unlimited private funds (see #3) and independence from the state, Atlas can intervene in large scale humanitarian disasters with a speed and efficiency that is out of the reach of traditional NGOs.
3. Jonathan Irons, a man of steel
Jonathan Irons is the founder of Atlas. Played by Kevin Spacey, this billionaire with an iron fist doesn’t hide his ambitions to control the United States. He plays a manipulative character that reminds us of the formidable Frank Underwood from the House of Cards series, which also stars this Oscar-winning actor.
4. Fog over San Francisco
Yep, you’ve seen what you think you’ve seen. One of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare missions will take place in San Francisco. If we believe what we can see in the trailer, this is a civil war between the Atlas troops and the regular army that will tear America apart.
In any case, it seems like Jonathan Irons’ actions will lead to the outright destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most emblematic monuments in the United States.
5. Cold-blooded murder(s)
Once again, controversy seems to surround the new Call of Duty series. The first images from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare seem to show the cold-blooded execution of a civilian (probably one of the journalists who is seen talking to Jonathan Irons in the trailer).
And for the icing on the cake, a character dressed in clothes that seem similar to the traditional attire of West African Muslims, witnesses the scene. Is he the next on the assassin’s list?
6. Hover bikes…on rails?
As we can see, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will have scenes that involve driving or flying a hover bike. A small disappointment though: analysis of the trailer reveals that the scripted sequences will probably take place in the corridors that the series has used previously.
What, you think Call of Duty is being a little extreme with the sci-fi stuff? Then you’ll be interested to know that the the prototype for real hover bikes is currently under development!
7. Grenades for everyone
In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare it will be possible to change the detonation mode of non-lethal grenades before tossing them. A loud explosion or detection of enemies and threats, it’ll be up to you to choose. The second mode will provide you with a considerable tactical advantage by revealing the position of enemies through walls.
8. Welcome to Nigeria
Lagos is currently the most populous city in Nigeria.The ‘Keep Lagos Clean’ billboards that can be seen in the trailer tell us that one or more missions of the single-player campaign will take place on the African continent.
9. Enough with the caterpillars, let’s have spiders instead
1, 2, 3, 4 … Yes, 4 legs! In addition to drones and half-man, half-robot soldiers, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players will have to deal with revolutionary tanks. With their all-terrain legs, armor and heavy weapons, these armored vehicles are more dangerous than ever, and could prove particularly treacherous.
And as crazy as it sounds, the U.S. military is already interested in very similar quadruped devices. We’ve told you before, the future is now!
10. Railgun! Did you say railgun?
If you pay attention you can catch a glimpse of a firing sequence from a turret that seriously resembles a railgun. This technology, currently being tested by the U.S. Navy, uses electromagnetic force to propel projectiles that reach the staggering speed of Mach 10 (approximately 114oo ft/s).
After this article, the first trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare should hold no more secrets. Although one last mystery makes me wonder. How do you explain the line that cuts through the letters A, L, U and T in the in the Call of Duty logo?
Aesthetic choice or hidden meaning?
Is it simply a designer’s aesthetic choice – the cuts are placed symmetrically on either side of the center of the logo – or is there some kind of hidden meaning? For now, we just don’t know.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be released on November 4, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to share your theories in the comments!
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