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'Advanced Warfare' antagonist 'more complex' than just a villain
'Advanced Warfare' antagonist 'more complex' than just a villain
'Advanced Warfare' antagonist 'more complex' than just a villain - photo courtesy of Activision/Sledgehammer games

Activision, never one to pull punches, has undoubtedly shelled out a bit for a marquee actor like Kevin Spacey to play Jonathon Irons, CEO of Atlas Corporation for the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Aaron Halon, Senior Development Director at Sledgehammer Games, took time to talk exclusively with Examiner about the games perceived villain, and how that moniker may not necessarily fit the bill of Irons complex character.

“He’s an ex-military guy himself,” said Halon, “and just feels like he can do things in a more efficient way than governments can.”

Initially unveiled in the Advanced Warfare reveal trailer, Irons seems to pull more than a few pages out of Spacey’s character Frank Underwood, of Netflix’s huge hit House of Cards. Showing his stone cold tenacity, as well as that his plans have more working beneath the surface than is initially apparent. Halon described Irons,

[Irons] sees himself as a master of efficiency, where a company gets bogged down with bureaucracy, he can cut through that. He’s a pretty interesting character.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare from developer Sledgehammer games and publishing giant Activision, looks to reiterate the series in a drastic way. Gone are the incremental story and surrounding upgrades, swapped out for a future where war is run and won by the country with the most funds. Private Military Contractors, or PMCs run the battlefields and sell their services to the flags with the deepest pockets. Iron’s Atlas Corporation is the largest PMC in this future war landscape, with Exoskeleton clad soldiers boost jumping, ground pounding, and dash-dodging their way to global dominance.

While Halon was scant on detail as to what Irons motivations may be beyond profit and efficiency, he assures us that surprises still await players for the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

“I’m not saying he’s really a villain or not,” Halon added, “he’s got a more complex role than that in the story. “

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare comes out November 3 for Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Current incentives for preordering the game include 24 hours of Double XP as well as two custom weapons, a custom exoskeleton, and a "directed energy weapon".