Can ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Live Up to the Hype?

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After a few leaks and a lot of sleuthing led to a slightly premature reveal, Activision (NASDAQ:ATVI) has officially lifted the curtain on the next Call of Duty game. It’s called Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and it’s coming out November 4. As with each year’s new installment, fans’ expectations are running high. Raising the stakes further, Advanced Warfare is the first installment of the series to be developed by Sledgehammer Games. Can the relatively new studio pull it off, and will the game live up to the hype?

Based on the lengthy trailer Activision released last night, it’s certainly going to try. Every year, the new Call of Duty game features a single-player campaign that plays out something like a twelve-hour Michael Bay action film, plus a multiplayer mode that keeps players coming back until the next installment is released. So far, Activision has only revealed information about the single-player mode.

At the start of the trailer, it’s revealed that the developers have tapped House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey to lend his voice and likeness to the lead villain in the game. Spacey plays the head of a private military corporation who has turned on the government of the United States and wants to impose a dictatorship on the country. Presumably, players will lead the charge against his private military.

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