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HardWired 2.0 Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Advance Warfare’s Motion Capture

AOL’s HardWired 2.0 takes us behind-the-scenes of Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare set, with host Justine Ezarik, for a peek at the game’s motion capture.

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“Nothing gets Hardwired 2.0 host iJustine more pumped than a certain video game. Watch as she gets a behind-the-scenes look at the Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare set and dons a motion capture suit for her own dramatic cameo in the game.”

During the session, Justine also got a chance to talk to Sledgehammer Games’ Animation Director, Chris Stone and Creative Director, Bret Robbins about the game’s development with the latest motion capture technology.

“Each of our talent, each of our characters has a one-to-one relationship with the actual characters in our game, so Gideon in our game looks exactly like Gideon in real life,” said Stone. “And we do that by capturing hundreds and hundreds of muscle shapes for every single expression that he could possibly make with his face.”  Read more »

Infinity Wards Teases Call of Duty: Ghosts Nemesis DLC

Earlier today, developer Infinity Ward dropped a teaser for the final Call of Duty: Ghosts downloadable content pack, Nemesis.

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Early next month, on August 5th, the fourth Call of Duty: Ghosts map pack will be launching first on Xbox LIVE, containing four brand-new multiplayer maps and the fourth episode of the Extinction saga. The content pack will be included with the Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass, while it can also be bought as a standalone pack for $14.99.

As of this time, not much has been shown of the upcoming map pack, although we expect more news in the coming days.  Read more »

Advanced Warfare Collectors Editions Officially Announced

Earlier this morning, Activision announced that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer will be officially revealed on August 11th, and that three collectors editions of the game will be available upon launch in November.

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During launch, on November 4th, fans will have their choice of the Digital Pro Edition, Atlas Limited Edition, and Atlas Pro Edition of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Each version, including the downloadable Digital Pro Edition, will come equipped with the Atlas Digital Content Pack, which features two new weapons — the Bal-27 AE Assault Rifle and Atlas 45 AE Pistol — as well as a unique Atlas exoskeleton, helmet, player card, and five bonus supply drops that unlock new in-game gear. Players will also be able to upgrade their exoskeleton in the campaign early with new powers and abilities via an extra upgrade token.

What’s more, the collector’s edition versions of the game will include Atlas Gorge; a bonus multiplayer map that reimagines Pipeline, a fan favorite map from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Both the Digital Pro Edition and Atlas Pro Edition will also come with the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass, which unlocks access to four forthcoming DLC multiplayer map packs.

For those that prefer tangible collectibles, the Atlas Limited Edition and Atlas Pro Edition will come with a unique steelbook case, the game’s official soundtrack, and the Atlas: Advanced Soldier manual — a collection of original concept art and historical and tactical information.

For more information, check out the complete OneofSwords blog post. After the break, check out images of all the contents of the Collector’s Editions. Read more »

Advanced Warfare Campaign Story Trailer and Multiplayer World Reveal Announced

Earlier today, Sledgehammer Games and Activision posted a brand-new campaign story trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and announced the date for the multiplayer reveal.

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“With nations brought to their knees by a global terrorist attack, the world turns to Atlas, the largest private military company on the planet. Power, though, changes everything,” reads the trailer description.

During the end of the trailer, Sledgehammer also left a small surprise for fans, by announcing the date for the Advanced Warfare multiplayer world reveal as well as a quick sneak peek at the mode. The Advanced Warfare multiplayer reveal will take place on August 11, so stay tuned. Check out the trailer following the break.  Read more »

Advanced Warfare’s Atlas Limited and Atlas Pro Editions Outed

Earlier today, an image showing the Collector’s Editions of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare appeared online. Apparently, there will be two exclusive editions that players can choose aside from the standard copy of the game – the Atlas Limited and Atlas Pro Edition.

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Essentially, the Atlas Limited Edition will come packed with “extensive digital and physical content,” detailed below.

  • Atlas Gorge Bonus Multiplayer Map: Atlas Gorge re-envisions the fan-favorite Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare map, Pipeline.
  • Atlas Digital Content Pack: Inspired by the Atlas Corporation, the most powerful Private Military Corporation (PMC) in the world, this pack features an array of customized in-game content and more:
    • Two (2) Weapons: The Be-27 AE Assault Rifle and the Atlas 45 AE Pistol.
    • Atlas Exoskeleton.
    • Atlas Helmet.
    • Atlas Player Card.
    • Five (5) Bonus Supply Drops.
    • Single Player Exoskeleton Upgrade Token.
  • Welcome to Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual: The Atlas Corporation Advanced Soldier Manual ensures that all recruits are equipped with the necessary intel to become a tier-one Advanced Soldier with Atlas.
  • Collectible SteelBook.
  • Official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Soundtrack.

The Atlas Pro Edition features everything in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Limited Edition, along with a Season Pass, which gives players access to the four upcoming action-packed DLC map packs.

Keep in mind that at this time, this is only a rumor and that Activision has not yet announced the Advanced Warfare Collector’s Editions, although, we should expect an announcement during the official multiplayer reveal. Check out the image after the break.  Read more »

Sledgehammer “Accidentally” Posts Blurry Picture of Advance Warfare’s Co-Op Mode

Earlier today, Sledgehammer Games’ co-founder posted a blurry image teasing Advanced Warfare’s still-to-be-revealed co-op multiplayer mode.

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Michael Condrey, Sledgehammer Games’ co-founder posted the teaser image of the game’s co-op mode on Twitter. For the most part, the picture is too blurry and we are unable to figure out what it is showing. We’ve added the image below after the break for you to check out.

Let us know what you think about the image and what you think the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare co-op mode will be like below in the comments section.  Read more »

VICE’s “Superpower For Hire” Documentary Looks At The Rise of PMCs

Earlier this week, VICE and Activision dropped a teaser for their documentary covering the rise of Private Military Corporations (PMCs). The entire documentary, titled “Superpower for Hite: Rise of the Private Military” is available today for viewing.

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Sledgehammer Games’ upcoming shooter, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, focuses on a future where Private Military Corporations have risen to power, becoming the dominant armed forced for nations all around the world. VICE’s documentary takes a look at the this new modern world of mercenaries, the rise of the PMC.

“Vice takes an unprecedented look into the shadowy industry of Private Military Companies. For the past two decades these private companies, like Black Water, Aegis and G4S have silently consumed military operations around the world, doing everything from back end logistics, protection of government VIP’s and diplomats to actual combat duties. In this documentary we explore the origins of this industry, their rise in the war on terror and their future operations around the world.” 

Watch the entire 14-minute documentary after the break.  Read more »

Have Your Gamertag Featured in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Fans can head over to the official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare website to enter for a chance to have their gamertag featured in Sledgehammer Games’ upcoming shooter.

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Developer Sledgehammer Games has opened up a sweepstakes giving four lucky players a chance to be a part of Advanced Warfare and have their gamertags featured in-game when the game ships on November 4th.

“Over the last three years, the team at Sledgehammer Games has worked to deliver a truly immersive experience in Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare€“ putting players in the boots of a Tier 1 Operator of the future. We felt like there was no better way to thank the loyal fans of the franchise than the opportunity to include your gamertag in the game. From all qualified entries, we will pick just FOUR gamers to have their gamertag featured in Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare. When the game ships Nov 4th, the world will get to see your gamertag in-game. It’s that simple, and we can’t wait to feature our fans in the game!”

Essentially, all you have to do to enter in the sweepstakes is head over to the sweepstakes page and fill out the required information. At this time, we’re not entirely sure as to where the gamertags will show up in the game.

Players in the United States can enter over here. [UPDATE] The sweepstakes is also open for players in the United Kingdom (see here), Germany (see here), and Australia (see here).

Advance Warfare’s Multiplayer is “Pretty Revolutionary” Says Sledgehammer

During an interview for the latest issue of Official Xbox Magazine, Sledgehammer Games said that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer will be “pretty revolutionary” and discussed a few of the features that we’ll be seeing when the game comes out this November.

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Founders Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey talked a bit about how Advanced Warfare’s gadgets and innovations will change up multiplayer and the way it is played.

“We’ve got heavy weapons, which is sort of another new class, verticality through the boost jump – you can imagine what that does to the multiplayer experience,” said Condrey. “And then cloak, super-strength, and then off-the-controller changes, like the exo-boost and the exo-slide.

“We’ve got a really great combo now with the boost jump and then a lethal slam from above,” he continued. “We feel like it’s a pretty fundamental change to the second-to-second combat, as well as the broader linear experience that you see in campaign.”

For the first time, multiplayer is getting a major change with the addition of the exosuit, providing players with all new combat and maneuvering capabilities, which according to Condrey, will be “revolutionary” for multiplayer gameplay.

“The shotgun is a close quarters weapon. A short ranged, broad angle weapon like the shotgun is pretty ineffective against a player who can boost out of the way really quickly, right? So there are a lot of really interesting and unique challenges and opportunities, and I think when we talk about MP in more detail you’ll get to see that, but the variety that the new controls and the exo bring to gameplay is pretty revolutionary.”

Although Sledgehammer Games is adding their own touch to the series, they are also making sure not to stray from the most popular aspects of previous online components.

“We know that there are some fundamental things we have to do with Call of Duty,” observed Schofield. “There are a bunch of weapons that people will always gravitate to, so we have to bring those forward into the future.”

“What we do is we look at an AK47, and in 50 years it hasn’t changed a heck of a lot, so for a future version, we’ve changed it as much as you would in 50 years. Others we’ve looked at, and they’ve just changed fundamentally in those 50 years, so we’ve made those adjustments as well – we’ve said ‘OK, that’s changed a lot’.”

For more, check out the entire interview on OXM.

Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Will Be Playable At Gamescom 2014

Fans attending Gamescom in Cologne, Germany will be able to play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer during August 13 to August 17 for the first time, MLG has revealed.

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MLG’s Chris Puckett announced this news during today’s MLG eSports report. Furthermore, Puckett also mentioned that “the gameplay is much fluid and much faster” and that it “puts more emphasis on skill” than other Call of Duty games. Take a look at the entire eSports report video after the break.

Essentially, this probably means that Sledgehammer Games is prepping up for the multiplayer reveal and that it will be happening shortly before Gamescom. Stay tuned!  Read more »

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