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The New ‘Call of Duty,’ Starring … Kevin Spacey?

The New ‘Call of Duty,’ Starring … Kevin Spacey?

A new Call of Duty game will be launching in November, but there’s something about the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that seems a bit different.

It might be the tone, which appears to be darker than previous games in the series (which were hardly chuckle-fests themselves). Or it could be the prominent presence of a fully-rendered Kevin Spacey, whose starring role in the game was foreshadowed yesterday.

One thing’s for sure: It’s not the name.

The Call of Duty franchise may have millions of fans and its fingers on the pulse of military technology, but it sure lacks a wide vocabulary. This is the fourth time in the past seven years that Activision has included “Warfare” in the game’s subhead, though what really drives us crazy is the title’s similarity to Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter. In the future, apparently, no one owns a thesaurus.

But judging by the debut trailer, they own all sorts of other stuff, including exoskeletons, jump jets, wallclimbing gloves, and hoverbikes. Hoverbikes! Some weapons have cloaking technology, and we’re pretty sure we spotted a mech suit in there as well.

We weren’t supposed to spot any of this yet, however, as Activision had initially planned to reveal the game this Sunday. A leak changed all that, though this is really just the beginning of a long campaign by Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games. Together, they’ll drip out bits of information about the game over the next few months.

What’s certain is that in Advanced Warfare, the focus is on private military corporations fighting for the highest bidder.

"In the next Call of Duty, the world’s most powerful military is not a country. It’s a corporation," the developer noted in a promotional tease video released Thursday.

It’s also a corporation run in some way by Kevin Spacey, who seems to be playing some sort of power-hungry corporate overlord. Not exactly a far cry from House of Cards’ Frank Underwood, but at least he ditched the Southern drawl.

He’ll certainly reach a lot of people by starring in a Call of Duty game. Last year’s Call of Duty: Ghosts, while considered by most critics to be a bit underwhelming, has still gone on to sell a good 20 million copies worldwide. That’s nothing to sneeze at, though analysts point out that it hasn’t performed particularly well compared to previous Call of Duty games.

We’ll learn more about Advanced Warfare soon enough. Despite the trailer leak, Game Informer will be posting a more in-depth preview of the game this Sunday.

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