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Video Game: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
"People donít want freedom. They want boundaries, rules. Protection. From invaders and from themselves. People need a leader who can give them both the support and the constraints to keep chaos at bay. You give them that, and they'll follow... And that's where I come in."
Jonathan Irons, reveal trailer

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is an upcoming First-Person Shooter that will be the next entry in the Call of Duty series, serving as the direct successor to the Modern Warfare series, in contrast to the previous Call Of Duty game, Call of Duty: Ghosts, which was intended as the first entry in an entirely new series. The game is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, who took over development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 after the infamous troubles between Infinity Ward and Activision.

Advanced Warfare takes place in the not-so-near-future setting of 2054, similar to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (which was set in 2025), and features such speculative-fiction equipment as exosuits, mechs, transforming spider-tanks, hover-bikes, combat drones, wall-climbing gloves, and adaptive camouflage. The story involves a Private Military Contractor, Atlas, which has evolved to become the most influential military force on the planet. Atlas is led by Jonathan Irons, played by Kevin Spacey.

Advanced Warfare is set for release on November 4, 2014 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

Tropes appearing in the game include:

  • Action Girl: Although not prominently featured, the reveal trailer does indicate the game will have female soldiers in some capacity. Gender selection in multiplayer returns, and further campaign trailers have shown glimpses of an as of yet unnamed female Atlas soldier throwing down.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In the reveal gameplay, Mitchell loses his arm after the transport that his squadmate loaded with an explosive device, blows up and debris from the destroyed transport takes his arm off.
  • Big Bad: Seems like Johnathan Irons is going to serve as this, though you work for his company anyway.
  • Democracy Is Bad: Jonathan Irons seems to believe that the Third World simply is incapable of supporting democracy. What they really need is a good ol' firm-but-fair iron fist, courtesy of his PMC, Atlas.
  • Expy: Jonathan Irons is basically a corporate non-Southern version of Frank Underwood.
  • Fallen States of America: The game takes place years after a major coordinated global terrorist attack, which has severely weakened the world's major governments and given Atlas the opportunity to step in and fill the power vacuum. Also doubles as Oppressive States of America as footage shows civilians being locked up and executed.
    • Alongside that, the Golden Gate Bridge is shown to get trashed.
  • Follow the Leader: The apparent gameplay changes to the standard Call of Duty formula created by the exosuit and its superhuman abilities have already drawn many comparisons to Titanfall and the Crysis series.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: The new EM 1 Heavy Rifle introduced in this game shoots a concentrated laser beam, which doesn't require reloading. A cooldown mechanic is still present for balance.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Jonathan Irons is basically a video game version of Kevin Spacey.
  • Knight Templar: Mr. Irons has no compunction about declaring the world to be in dire need of someone who can save them from themselves.
  • Madeof Iron: Mitchell survives having a van full of drones explode in front of him and being launched dozens of feet into a parked car. Yes, He's wearing body armour and an exosuit, but that's still impressive considering an explosion at that close of a range would of seriously injured or killed most people.
  • Might Makes Right: Literally spoken for verbatim by Johnathon Irons in the second story campaign story trailer:
    "Ideas don't determine who's right. Power determines who's right. And I have the power...so I'm right."
  • Mini-Mecha: Bipedal mech suits with mini-guns for arms, similar to those seen in the Red Faction, First Encounter Assault Recon, or Section 8 series are due to make an appearance in the game.
  • More Dakka: One of the weapons is the XMG-1, a dual-wield only pair of miniguns that can also be deployed to be used as a stationary turret.
  • Mythology Gag: The game seems to share a number of design elements in common with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, such as the wall-climbing gloves, active camouflage, and armed quadrotor drones. The holograms in the briefing room Jonathan Irons give his New Era Speech in is even almost identical to those in the briefing room from Black Ops 2.
  • New Era Speech: Jonathan Irons gives one in the reveal trailer.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: Atlas is so enormous and so influential that it has a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
  • Powered Armor: Exosuits similar to those seen in Elysium feature prominently in the reveal trailer, being worn by a large portion of Atlas soldiers, including the apparent protagonists. They apparently give the user increased strength (able to punch open a shipping container or the armored window of an APC, or backhand an enemy hard enough to knock him several feet through the air) as well as increased jumping ability (with the apparent protagonists being seen to make horizontal leaps of several dozen feet and vertical leaps of more than a dozen feet), utilizing boosters that make use of compressed air. These boosters can also allow for US Marines, Atlas contractors and enemy opposition with the exosuits, to move across terrain with great speed, even allowing for them to sidestep dodge attacks at high-speeds.
  • Private Military Contractors/N.G.O. Superpower/Mega Corp.: The game will revolve around a PMC, Atlas, which has grown to the point of being the most influential military force on the global stage.
  • Scenery Gorn: The Golden Gate Bridge gets pretty hammered, as seen in the trailer.
  • Semper Fi: Mitchell is a former US Marine who joins up with Atlas after being medically discharged from the USMC due to being injured in the line of duty.
  • Super Strength: Aside from being able to shove a shipping container door open and punch through the armoured window of a transport vehicle, the Exosuits make Atlas contractors and presumably US Marines and other users, strong enough to hit and throw people with tremendous force. In the recent trailers, Jack, Mitchell's partner, kicks another contractor into a monitor window with enough force to pulverize the entire wraparound window.
  • Shown Their Work: Sledgehammer Games has looked into relevant in-development future tech for this game, including 3D printers and powered exoskeletons.
    • The tunnel and highway note  leading up to the Golden Gate Bridge are as accurate as they are futuristic. Even for a Bay Area developer its good attention to detail.
  • Totalitarian Utilitarian: Jonathan Irons strongly believes that implementation of democracy has failed in many countries, and feels that people need strong law and order with an iron fist.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: Filled with exosuits, spider-tanks, grenades with selectable modes such as threat detection and smart-targeting, drop pods for military insertion, 3D printer rifles(as in the weapon manufactures its own ammo), directed energy weaponry, hoverbikes, and more.
  • Walking Tank: The reveal trailer shows a spider-tank, which starts out as a normal tank, but the treads are capable of separating and transforming into legs.
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