Commitment to telling an interesting story has been one of Sledgehammer Games’ primary promises since the futuristic Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was announced. And to that end they’ve made some interesting choices that differ from the usual Call of Duty formula, such as focusing on one protagonist, Pvt. Mitchell, and letting his story play out over a decade or so of game time. Oh, and hiring Kevin Spacey.
This new trailer is another chance to remind you of that, with Sledgehammer Games Creative Director Bret Robbins talking about how the Advanced Warfare team interviewed consulted with military personnel and futurists to create a story that feels authentic and believable.
“Everything had to go through this filter of, ‘It’s 40 years in the future, but it has to be real,'” Robbins said.
The trailer also gives some details about how the game will use a more realistic character animation system captured from actor’s performances, to make them feel more lifelike.
So, it’s PR hype, but it is intriguing hype. Can a Call of Duty story compete with a good movie? Sure, I guess anything’s possible, but we’ll have to wait until November to see if the story in this one can.