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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 »

Behind the Scenes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Story

Developer Sledgehammer Games posted new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer discussing the development and making of the game’s storyline.

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During the behind-the-scenes trailer, Sledgehammer Games’ creative director Brett Robbins talks about the studio’s “pedigree with storytelling,” which includes titles such as Dead Space, Modern Warfare 3, and most recently, Advanced Warfare.

During the development process of Advance Warfare’s storyline, Sledgehammer Games worked with real-life military personnel, such as Delta Force operators and Navy Seals, and futurists, to create a realistic, authentic experience for players. “Everything, from weapons, to the production design, to the uniforms, everything had to go through this filter of ‘ít’s forty years into the future, but it has to be real,” explained Robbins.

Furthermore, the studio is taking full advantage of the latest performance capture technology and are employing ‘new storytelling techniques,’ to make the experience more ‘compelling.’ For more, take a look at the full trailer after the break.  Read more »

Details on “Bio Lab” and “Collapse” Advanced Warfare Missions

During the Electronic Entertainment Expo, developer Sledgehammer Games showed off three missions from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, one of which was shown to the public at Microsoft’s press conference, and two behind closed doors to members of the press.

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First of the missions shown was set in Seoul, South Korea, following a small group of US Marines who are involved in a major shootout against drones and enemy soldiers, assisting in the defense of the city. Sledgehammer Games debuted this mission during the Xbox media briefing. For those who haven’t seen it yet, check it out here.

Behind closed doors, the press was shown a mission titled “Bio Lab,” which sees the protagonist advancing on a suspected bio-weapons facility after barely escaping a helicopter sniper.

For this mission, the player was forced to employ a stealth approach, avoiding most of the enemy patrols while attempting to progress through the Bulgarian forest. Additionally, making things more complicated, the player’s EXO suit begins to malfunction, although its cloaking functionality is still available for use.

During this portion of the mission, the player is guided by a character called Gideon. Gideon provides a path through the Bulgarian forest, advising the player on when to advance, where to move, when to stop to recharge the cloak, and whether or not to attempt stealth takedowns – much like the gameplay of the classic “All Ghillied Up” mission.

Eventually, after making it to the bio-weapons facility, the duo meets up with two more squad mates to finish the objective – infiltrate the base and steal the information. Following the data extraction, an unexpected alarm triggers, causing the squad to hijack an enemy hover tank (equipped with machine guns, cannons, and EMP projectiles), and make an escape from the massive horde of enemies.

Following that demo, Sledgehammer showed off “Collapse,” a mission set on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The protagonist is seen driving towards the bridge in pursuit of the enemy. After arriving at the bridge, the squad is attacked by a group of heavily armed enemies, shifting the scene to a massive battle. Every enemy soldier is equipped with an enhanced EXO suit, complete with high-powered boost-jump capabilities, but fortunately, so are your squad members.

During these missions, the improvement in sound design was very apparent, according to sources. Sledgehammer Games’ Don Veca, senior audio director, previously mentioned that Advanced Warfare “is going to be the best-sounding and certainly the best-mixed game ever.”

Sledgehammer Confirms Female Character With “Strong Role” in Advanced Warfare

Polygon spoke to Sledgehammer Games’ co-founders Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey at the Electronic Entertainment Expo to talk about Advanced Warfare and the game’s single-player campaign, during which they confirmed that it will feature a major female character that has “strong role” in the game’s storyline.

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“We have a very important female character in single player” explained Schofield. “We just look at it…that’s just part of the future right, it’s a part of now so why wouldn’t it be then?” She has a very, very strong role in the game and we’ll see a lot of her after the first or second level.”

Furthermore, Condrey has also confirmed that female soldiers will be making a return in Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer. Call of Duty: Ghosts was the first game in the series to introduce playable female soldiers in multiplayer, and Sledgehammer is doing the same with their upcoming game’s multiplayer portion.

Take a look at Polygon’s complete interview with Sledgehammer Games after the break.  Read more »

Future Technology and Weaponry of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Developer Sledgehammer Games is bringing players into the “battlegrounds of the future” in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, “boasting a new hi-tech advanced arsenal and ability set, arming players with all-new equipment, technology, perks, and vehicles like hoverbikes and highly specialized drones.”

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For part of their month-long coverage of the upcoming game, Game Informer have posted an article providing an in-depth look inside the future technology, weaponry, and vehicles of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Check out a glimpse of the brand-new military technology which will be used in the game after the break.  Read more »

Advanced Warfare Story Took Over Two and a Half Years to Write

Earlier today, Sledgehammer Games’ co-founder Glen Schofield revealed that the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare story took more than two and a half years to write.”

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This morning, a fan tweeted out that the Advanced Warfare single-player campaign is the first in the series they’ve ever looked forward to, to which Glen Schofield replied “it should be. The story alone has taken over 2 ½ years to write.”

During this time, not much of the details of the game’s campaign are known, but what we do know is that the story takes place in a plausible future, set in the year 2054, in which the world’s largest military force is not a country, but powerful military corporations.

“Private Military Corporations (PMC’s) have become the dominant armed forced for countless nations outsourcing their military needs, redrawing borders and rewriting the rules of war. And Jonathan Irons, the founder and president of the world’s largest PMC – Atlas Corporation – is at the center of it all.”

Essentially, it appears that Sledgehammer Games is taking the game’s single-player very seriously. Glen Schofield mentioned that he wants players to finish the campaign saying “Wow, there was a great story in a video game. It can be done.”

Thanks, VideoGamer.

First Campaign Details on Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Lots of retailers have begun putting up their listings of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for pre-order, and along with it, the first details and descriptions of the game’s single-player campaign.

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Earlier today, GAME UK unveiled the exclusive bonus they would be offering with pre-orders of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Additionally, they also posted up a description of the upcoming game, which says:

Power Changes Everything. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will deliver a Call of Duty experience like no other on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare takes a grounded look into the future of warfare that sees Private Military Corporations’, such as Atlas Corporation led by Jonathon Irons, Academy Award Winning actor Kevin Spacey, becoming the dominant military force for nations around the globe. Through this use of PMC’s borders have been redrawn and the rules of war have been re-written.

Become empowered with a powerful exoskeleton that will enhance your abilities giving you unparalleled strength, awareness, endurance, and speed. Not only do your natural abilities receive an upgrade but you’ll also gain access to all-new gameplay mechanics not yet seen in a Call of Duty title such as covert cloaking abilities, boost jumps and grappling.

This is a new kind of warfare, where Hover bikes and an all-new class of directed-energy weapons are the norm. where you can use your exoskeleton to get unprecedented tactical freedom! Answer the Call of Duty and experience Advanced Warfare.

Both Amazon UK and GameStop have also made Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare available for pre-order. The product descriptions on their sites for the game reads:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, developed by Sledgehammer Games (co-developers of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3), harnesses the first three-year, all next-gen development cycle in franchise history. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare envisions the powerful battlegrounds of the future, where both technology and tactics have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise. Delivering a stunning performance, Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey stars as Jonathan Irons – one of the most powerful men in the world – shaping this chilling vision of the future of war.

An Advanced World:

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare takes place in a plausible future in which technological progress and today’s military practices have converged with powerful consequences.
  • In this carefully researched and crafted vision of the future, Private Military Corporations (PMCs) have become the dominant armed forces for countless nations outsourcing their military needs, redrawing borders and rewriting the rules of war.
  • And Jonathan Irons, the founder and president of the world’s largest PMC – Atlas Corporation – is at the center of it all.

An Advanced Soldier:

  • Powerful exoskeletons evolve every aspect of a soldier’s battle readiness, enabling combatants to deploy with an advanced lethality and eliminating the need for specialization.
  • The introduction of this gameplay mechanic delivers enhanced player movement and verticality through boost jumps and grappling, covert cloaking abilities, and biomechanics that provide unparalleled strength, awareness, endurance, and speed.
  • With the advent of the exoskeleton and newly advanced armor and weaponry, every soldier commands tactical freedom in any terrain unlike ever before, fundamentally changing the way gamers play Call of Duty across all modes.

An Advanced Arsenal:

  • Harnessing the power of next-gen platforms, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brings players into the battlegrounds of the future by boasting a new hi-tech, advanced arsenal and ability set, arming players with all-new equipment, technology, perks, and vehicles like hover bikes and highly specialized drones.
  • Players can also choose between standard ammunition and an all-new class of directed-energy weaponry that enables totally new gameplay dynamics.
  • And with exoskeletons delivering a massive force multiplier and unprecedented tactical freedom, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare evolves every firefight.

Zelda and Doctor Who Easter Eggs Discovered in Ghosts

Reddit member plotcoupon recently uploaded an image which reveals hidden “Legend of Zelda” and “Doctor Who” Easter Eggs in the Wii U version of Call of Duty: Ghosts.

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Looking at the image, it is seen that in one of the rooms in the game, there are a number of awards, including one that references the popular Legend of Zelda game. Infinity Ward supposedly put in a trophy which is shaped like Zelda’s rupee currency. Its inscription reads “Awarded for Most Bushes Cut and Pots Smashed.”

Furthermore, another one of the trophies is shaped like a TARDIS, clearly a reference to the popular BBC TV show Doctor Who. Placed to the left of the Legend of Zelda trophy, it reads “Award for Largest Interior with Smallest Exterior.”

Presently, it is unknown whether these hidden Easter Eggs are present only in the Wii U version of the game or included in other non-Nintendo platform versions as well.

[Update] IGN has reported that all the trophies are hidden around midway through the Federation Day campaign mission, scattered throughout offices alongside the main route during your escape from the skyscraper.

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Meet the Men Behind the Masks: Keegan Russ

Infinity Ward has been revealing members of the Ghosts squad since last week and today, they have updated Facebook to reveal the last member – Keegan Russ. Earlier, they introduced David Walker, Alex “Ajax” Johnson, Logan Walker, Thomas Merrick, and Riley, the canine companion.

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Today’s reveal, Keegan P. Russ is the sixth member of the Ghosts squad. Keegan Russ fights alongside the other members of the squad against the Federation, a newly emerged technologically-superior super power. Infinity Ward has posted an image of Keegan Russ and an Enemy Sniper Field Journal, which you can see after the break. More intel on the Ghosts is coming soon so make sure to stay tuned.

[Update] Infinity Ward has uploaded another audio clip, which includes an interview with Capt. Gabriel Rorke talking about combat and loss. Take a look at it below.  Read more »

Meet the Men Behind the Masks: Logan Walker

Infinity Ward has been revealing members of the Ghosts squad since the last week and today, they have updated Facebook to reveal another – Logan Walker. Earlier, they introduced David Walker, Alex “Ajax” Johnson, Thomas Merrick, and Riley, the canine companion.

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Today’s reveal, Logan Walker is the fifth member of the Ghosts squad and the character you play as in the campaign. Logan Walker, along with the other members of the squad, is in a major battle against the Federation, a newly emerged technologically-superior super power.

Infinity Ward has posted an image of Logan Walker and an image of a Recon Map on the official Call of Duty Facebook page. The last member will be revealed leading up to launch so stay tuned. Additionally, they have released another audio file, including an interview with Elias T. Walker, the father of Logan and Alex Read more »