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Sledgehammer “Worked With A Pentagon Adviser” For Advanced Warfare

For Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, developer Sledgehammer Games wanted to create a much more authentic experience for players, and in order to do so, they sought out advice from many experts, one being the scenario planner from the Department of Defense.


“Three years ago, right after we finished Modern Warfare 3, we started thinking about how to change Call of Duty,” co-founder Michael Condrey told The Guardian. “We brought in a lot of outside help – military advisers, futurologists – we got together with a scenario planner from the department of defense, who is active in the Pentagon. His job is to think about future threats and prepare ‘what if’ scenarios for the US government. So we asked him, what do you think will be the conflict of tomorrow?”

Basically, the source quickly ruled out China, which he said would “eventually collapse under its own economic weight,” a resurgence of the Cold War with Russia, and a consolidation of Islamic extremist states. Rather, the source claimed that Private Military Corporations (PMCs) would be the next major threat to the security of the United States.

“We thought that was fascinating and provocative,” Condrey said. “What happens when an organisation that’s built for profit has access to all the latest weapons and technology – an organisation that can operate outside of the Geneva Convention, that can be purchased by the highest bidder? What if that got out of control?”

“This was around the time that Greece was collapsing economically, there were riots – and there was an understanding that, the reason PMCs have had such an opportunity to grow, is that funding a standing army is very expensive for a modern nation state. Why not outsource war? It’s better for PR – you don’t have to explain to parents why their kids are dying in battles on foreign soil.”

For more, check out the entire article on The Guardian.

Every Call of Duty Title 50% Off on Steam And Ghosts Multiplayer Free-to-Play Until Sunday

Earlier today, Steam announced their Call of Duty Franchise Sale, featuring 50% off on every title in the franchise from today, August 28 to Monday, September 1.


PC players can head over to Steam and check out the entire page of Call of Duty games and downloadable content on sale. During the sale, Steam is also offering complete franchise bundles and packs for World at War, Modern Warfare, Black Ops, and Zombies.

Each “Franchise Bundle” comes with the specific title and all of its expansion packs. Furthermore, every “Franchise Pack” comes packed with every title in the series as well as all of the DLC. Players can also get the massive Call of Duty Definitive Collection for 50% off, which features every Call of Duty game and every piece of DLC.

Plus, in addition to the sale, Steam is also offering players a chance to play Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer for free this weekend. From today, until Sunday, August 31 at 1pm PDT, fans can try out Call of Duty: Ghosts completely free of charge.

Double XP Coming to Ghosts and Black Ops 2 This Weekend

Double XP is coming to Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 this weekend, developers Infinity Ward and Treyarch have announced.


Beginning tomorrow, Friday, August 29 at 10am PST, players will be able to earn Double XP in Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer on all platforms. Double XP will continue until Tuesday, September 2nd at 10am PST.

Furthermore, as a reminder, the fourth expansion pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, Nemesis, is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC this Thursday, September 4, featuring four new multiplayer maps and the conclusion to the Extinction saga.

Destiny Bonus With Pre-Order of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Earlier today, GameStop announced a “Limited Time Offer” for players who are planning to purchase Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Destiny. Players who pre-order Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare by Sunday, September 21 will get the Blacksmith Armor Shader in-game reward for Destiny.


Pre-order Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and receive the Blacksmith Armor Shader, an in-game Destiny reward that personalizes the look of your character’s armor. Use the Level 20 Legendary Blacksmith Armor Shader to apply shades of gun metal gray, bullet brass yellow, and metallic silver to your Guardian armor.

Players must pre-order Advanced Warfare by 9/21 to get their code. Furthermore, players who have already pre-ordered can visit their pre-order store to claim their code. For more on this, head over to

Sledgehammer Games Explains “Supply Drops” in Advanced Warfare

Earlier today, GameStop unlocked another piece of exclusive content as part of their “Advanced Training” promotion. Today’s part is a three-minute video showcasing Advanced Warfare’s “supply drops” feature.


“Sledgehammer Games takes you through the new rewards system, Supply Drops, in Call of Duty Multiplayer. Supply Drops are rewarded to you through time played and in-game challenges earning you items like: weapon loot, character gear, and reinforcements. This loot paired with your play-style brings a totally customizable experience to multiplayer.”  Read more »

Freight 24/7 Playlist Goes Live Today And Showtime 24/7 Coming on September 5th

Earlier today, Infinity Ward announced that they are switching on the Freight 24/7 playlist today and the Showtime 24/7 playlist on Friday, September 5th.


Previously this week, Infinity Ward posted a poll on Facebook asking players which map they would like to see featured in a 24/7 playlist. Finally, after all the voting, the results have come in. Freight 24/7 will be going live on all platforms from today, August 22 to Monday, August 25.

Furthermore, Showtime 24/7 will be going live on Friday, September 5, in celebration of Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Nemesis DLC dropping on PlayStation and PC on Thursday, September 4.

Advanced Warfare Pre-Orders Spiked 385% Following Gamescom

Last week, following this year’s Gamescom, pre-orders for Sledgehammer Games’ upcoming shooter, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, spiked 385% according to Amazon.


Before Gamescom, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare suffered lower-than-expected pre-orders, but following Activision’s major announcement of a Day Zero Edition, pre-orders shot up around 385%. Essentially, the Day Zero Edition gives fans the chance to play the game a whole day early if they pre-order the game.

Furthermore, the amount of positive press coverage of the game’s multiplayer during the premiere, alongside the announcement of the Day Zero Edition, also contributed to the spike in pre-orders.

Source: MCV UK

Bungie Challenges Sledgehammer Games To Do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Earlier today, Destiny developer Bungie accepted the ALS “Ice Bucket” challenge from Warframe developer Digital Extremes, and further challenged Naughty Dog, George Lucas, and Sledgehammer Games.


“In response to an Ice Bucket Challenge, the Ghost from Destiny is answering the call to raise money for ALS research. To follow suit, the developers from Bungie are making donations to honor his frosty sacrifice.”

Following the challenge, Destiny’s Ghost challenged the Last of Us’ Joel, George Lucas, and also Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s antagonist, Jonathan Irons. Each of them have 24 hour to complete the challenge. See the video after the break.  Read more »

Sledgehammer Says Advanced Warfare’s Exosuit is A Response to Fans Asking For Innovation

During GameSpot’s latest episode of “Aim Down Sights,” Sledgehammer Games said that Advanced Warfare’s Exosuit, which provides players with upgraded abilities, was a response to fans asking for innovation in the series.


“We had heard loud and clear from fans that they wanted change, they wanted innovation; that we needed to bring something new to Call of Duty,” Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey said to GameSpot. “And change is scary sometimes, right? I can’t say everybody thought it was the right idea on day one, but I’m pretty sure most people think it’s the right idea today.”

Furthermore, Condrey also stated that the concept of the Exosuit was not prevalent with the public three years ago when development began, but since then, this has changed.

“Three years ago, the exo wasn’t in the mind’s eye of the public like it is today,” he said. “You think about it now; it’s films like Elysium and Edge of Tomorrow and Oblivion; and you see it all over the news of the military adopting it and healthcare. So everyone’s talking about the exo. But three years ago, it was a big step.”

Activision Partnering Up With Mountain Dew and Doritos For Advanced Warfare

Earlier today, Activision announced that they are partnering up with Mountain Dew and Doritos for the “Fuel Up for Battle” promotion for Advanced Warfare. During the promotion, players can get exclusive in-game gear, Double XP and Supply Drops with purchases of Mountain Dew and Doritos products.


‘FUEL UP FOR BATTLE’ with Mountain Dew®, Doritos® and Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare. The Fuel Up for Battle promotion allows players to customize their Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer experience by accessing in-game gear through the new ‘Supply Drops’ reward system.

Starting October 6, fans in the U.S. can collect codes from specially marked packages of DEW® and Doritos products and enter them online at to enhance their gaming experience and create a unique identity for their advanced soldier by unlocking exclusive (until Feb. 15, 2015) Dew and Doritos in-game gear.

Players can customize their character with accessories such as an exoskeleton, loadout vest, helmets, goggles, boots and more. Gamers will also be able to unlock double XP and rapid supply rewards. Every code entered from DEW and Doritos packages unlocks Call of Duty in-game rewards and each code entered will also provide a chance to win an Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.

For more details on the Fuel Up For Battle promotion, head over to

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