Hired gun: Newly revealed Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare stars Kevin Spacey
Details are scarce, but Activision has revealed at least one noteworthy fact about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: It'll star Kevin Spacey.
The first trailer for the new COD shows Spacey—in uncanny valley video game form—lecturing about who deserves democracy. His speech is interspersed with the requisite action shots, replete with explosions, burning wreckage, fighter drones, advanced vehicles and a whole bunch of gruff-looking soldiers.
As Engadget points out, the trailer hints at some new game mechanics, but doesn't dwell on them for long. One soldier activates a cloaking device, while another is able to view enemies through walls. A couple of soldiers seem to have powerful exoskeletons, allowing them to carry heavy machine guns. We also see a soldier activating hand grips, allowing him to scale a wall.
This is clearly a futuristic setting, far from the series' historical roots, and the game's tagline, “Power changes everything,” suggests that these super powers will play a major role in the action. For a white-knuckle action series, that at least sounds more appealing than the dog-based combat of last year's Call of Duty: Ghosts. (Though it probably won't be as unintentionally hilarious.)
As for the plot, another video from Activision says that private military corporations will play a large role in the game. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will apparently explore what would happen if these corporations became world superpowers. Spacey's roll remains somewhat of a mystery, and it's unclear whether he's good, evil or some combination of both.
Activision says it will reveal more details about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on May 4.