The reveal trailer for the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise wasn’t scheduled to drop until Sunday but a flood of leaks forced Activision to publish the clip early. As many speculated leading up to the reveal, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will take place in the future and includes a big name special guest in Kevin Spacey.
As seen in the clip below, Spacey plays the game’s main antagonist – the leader of a private military company waging war against the US government. But the bigger questions about the game revolve around whether or not it’ll be able to reverse the declining sales in the franchise since peaking with 2011’s Modern Warfare 3.
Black Ops 2 sold a little less than MW3 the next year but it was 2013’s Ghosts that really disappointed. Are fans simply growing tired of the Call of Duty franchise or is there more at play than meets the eye?
Some believe Ghosts was destined for a smaller following due to the fact that it launched around the same time as next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony. As a result, many saw Ghosts as a title designed for last generation systems that was simply upconverted to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Additionally, most of the game’s audience was still playing on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
With the next release, there’s no doubt that it’s being designed with next generation in mind.
Sledgehammer Games is in charge of development for Advanced Warfare, the same company that co-developed MW3. It’s expected to ship on November 4.