|[August 11, 2014]
New Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Delivers Game Changing Experience
SANTA MONICA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Activision (News - Alert) and Sledgehammer Games today unveiled a new era for Call
of Duty® with the world premiere of Call of Duty®:
Advanced Warfare multiplayer. Built for next generation gaming
systems, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare fundamentally
changes Call of Duty multiplayer, delivering new player movements
and capabilities, along with the deepest customization and player
engagement features in franchise history.
With the all-new exoskeleton, players can boost jump, dodge, dash,
slide, slam and more as the action goes vertical, while using
future-tech, cutting-edge capabilities and a brand-new weapon class as
part of nearly 350 custom weapons. Offering a new reward system,
including more than 1,000 in-game player rewards, and nearly limitless
customization options that create more than 2 billion unique player
combinations and more, the title offers the most in-depth, robust and
advanced Call of Duty multiplayer experience ever on both next
generation and current generation systems.
In addition to the multiplayer premiere, Activision today announced the Call
of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, which offers fans
for the first time 24-hour early access to the game starting November 3rd.
The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition is available
on all platforms to customers who pre-order the game* and pick up on day
zero - at no added cost. Collector's Edition copies of Call of
Duty: Advanced Warfare will also be available for Day Zero early
purchase and play, and will include the special Day Zero Edition
content. In addition to the early access of up to 24 hours in some
territories, the Day Zero Edition also includes two new, custom
weapons as well as the previously announced Advanced Arsenal incentive.
"With Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare we introduced the
first new lead developer to the franchise in a decade and our first
three-year development cycle, with one mission: bring breakthrough
innovation to the franchise, while also honoring its roots. We feel
Sledgehammer Games has risen to that challenge," said Activision
Publishing, Inc.'s CEO, Eric Hirshberg. "Advanced Warfare
introduces significant new mechanics to multiplayer that truly change
the game, but more importantly just speaking as a gamer it's a hell of a
lot of fun."
Three years in the making, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare delivers
a new level of tactical combat on all platforms, giving players all-new
frenetic ways to move, starting with the power of the exoskeleton. The
new gameplay abilities, movements, perks and mechanics expand the
verticality of sightlines and maneuverability, increasing the amount of
strategic options available to players, while staying true to Call of
Duty's fast, fluid multiplayer experience. Players can combine these
new mechanics for offensive, defensive and overall evasive maneuvers
unlike anything ever seen in Call of Duty.
Also, the much loved Pick 10 create-a-class is back with even more
customizable options than before with Pick 13. Gamers can now choose
their favorite scorestreaks, which are fully customizable, and include
them in their preferred class, raising the bar on personalization from
top to bottom. The introduction of co-operative scorestreaks also allows
friends to experience Call of Duty multiplayer together in a new
way, as for the first time ever, two players can now join�a scorestreak
and work co-operatively.
The technology of the future in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare wouldn't
be complete without advancement in weapon technology, beginning with the
debut of a directed energy class of weapons. This all-new weapon class
for Call of Duty uses the power of focused energy to overcome
enemies and relies on tactical heat management instead of reloads.
Players can test out this new class, along with all their weapons, on
the new Virtual Firing Range, a brand new feature that allows players to
instantly test-drive their favorite weapon loadout with the click of a
button before the next match starts.
"When we set out to envision the 2054 world of Call of Duty, we
spent a lot of time focused on evolving the multiplayer - offering all
new experiences to the fans," said Glen Schofield, co-founder and game
director of Sledgehammer Games.
"We can't wait for players to discover all of the new movement,
mechanics, equipment, and modes built into Call of Duty: Advanced
Warfare, as well as the depth of customization
layered in for the most personalized Call of Duty multiplayer
experience to date," added Michael Condrey, co-founder and head of
development of Sledgehammer Games.
Featuring 12 modes out of the box on day one, led by fan-favorites Capture
the Flag and Hardpoint, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's
multiplayer modes not only include classics such as Team Deathmatch,
Domination, and Search and Destroy, but also new
options for the playlist such as Uplink and Momentum (News - Alert), a
new take on the classic War mode.
Sledgehammer Games is also taking personalization to the next level with
Create-an-Operator, a new character system, which allows players to
personalize their soldier however they want from heads, helmets,
eyewear, shirts, vests, kits, gloves, pants, knee-guards, boots and even
the exoskeleton itself. Create-an-Operator is bolstered by a brand new
reward system called Supply Drops. The more someone plays, the
more they earn. Supply Drops can contain anything from custom
weapons to unique character gear in different classes of rarity, all
giving players multiplayer bragging rights.
In addition to showing off their Supply Drops gear in-game, the
new Virtual Lobby lets players display their hard-earned
challenge rewards and rare items, while waiting for the map to start.
Billions of possible combinations exist, allowing gamers to personalize
nearly everything on their in-game operator from head to toe. Players
can finally see what their friends and opponents are bringing to the
match, as the Virtual Lobby is a quick and easy way to size up
the competition and also plan your next move in create-an-operator.
Led by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
is being developed for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
The title is published by Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned
subsidiary of�Activision Blizzard, Inc.�(Nasdaq:�ATVI).
Designed for next gen systems, Advanced Warfare is the
first Call of Duty utilizing an expanded three-year development
delivering a new experience on all platforms. The title is rated M for
Mature with Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Strong
For full product information, visit www.callofduty.com/advancedwarfare.
Fans can access the Multiplayer World Reveal Featured via Global
Premier on Xbox Livestream via http://www.callofduty.com/advancedwarfare/media/mp-world-premiere.
For the latest intel, check out: www.callofduty.com,
or follow @CallofDuty on Twitter
*Day Zero Edition quantities limited, availability subject to demand
and inventory at retailer locations. If Day Zero Edition not
available at retailer, pre-order customer may receive a pre-order
refund, or may purchase a launch unit and obtain a code to download all
Day Zero Edition special content. Visit www.callofduty.com/dayzero
for more information.
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is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of
interactive entertainment and leisure products.
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United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway,
Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, mainland China and the
region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can
be found on the company's website, www.activision.com.
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