We've heard it before, but I really do get the sense this year's Call of Duty is going to be a significant step forward to some degree. Maybe it's that word 'Advanced'. Maybe it's because it isn't technically a sequel to something or other and a new 'brand' in its own right. Whatever. Activision has worked its marketing magic on me and I'm ready to believe again.
Call it a response to Titanfall, call it whatever you like, I just like the idea of a team finally getting to unleash the ideas it had been holding back for years. I remember when I first saw the demo for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. We were told back then that Infinity Ward had been waiting a long time to make a game set in the modern era, and therefore poured every single idea they had into the project.
I wonder if we might be witnessing something similar with Advanced Warfare? I sure hope so.
Either way, the game feels like an uncharacteristic risk for the series, so at the very least I'm intrigued. I'm intrigued to see how it all fits together, intrigued to see how the new mechanics affect the game's balance. In general Advanced Warfare has just sparked my interest into a franchise I thought I was done with. Here's hoping they deliver something special.