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'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' official with Kevin Spacey in key role

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The next “Call of Duty” wasn’t supposed to be officially announced until Sunday. However, a leak from Destructoid on Friday forced Activision to go ahead and make it official. “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” will be coming to the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC this fall and “House of Cards” actor Kevin Spacey will play a major role.

“This was scheduled for Sunday but it just leaked, so why wait?” an update on the official Call of Duty Facebook page reads. “Here's the first look at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. #ANewEra begins now!”

Based on this trailer and a documentary-type “Super Power for Hire” promotional video released yesterday, the concept for “Advanced Warfare” is private military corporations (PMC) available to the highest bidder. Kevin Spacey is clearly the head of one such PMC but it is unclear whether players will be working for him or not as he also comes across as the main villain based on his speech.

Toward the end of the documentary video released yesterday, there are two lines that likely drive the plot of the “Advanced Warfare”. The first was, "The only question that remains is what happens when the people that you pay to protect you get a better offer?" While the second was, "What happens if they stop taking orders and start taking over?"

This will be the first game in the franchise where Sledgehammer Games is taking the lead role. Previously, it helped a then struggling Infinity Ward complete “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” along with Raven Software following the loss of the Infinity Ward’s two co-founders and a sizable portion of the development staff. Sledgehammer was originally formed to create a third-person adventure game set in the “Call of Duty” universe before its help was needed on “Modern Warfare 3”.

It’s rumored that Activision is moving to a three developer rotation with the “Call of Duty” series. The two developer rotation with Infinity Ward and Treyarch put the development teams under a tremendous amount of pressure to develop a game and DLC every two years. Moving to a three team rotation will give each team an extra year of development which will be needed as the production effort for all games has increased with the release of the PS4 and Xbox One.

“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” will be released Nov. 4, 2014. It will be available for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

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