New ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Battlefield’ Have Common Fuel for Fan Hate

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

We all know by now the Activision has the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise set to come out later this year — November 4, to be precise. We also know that Electronic Arts has the next Battlefield game coming out this year as well, but just a couple weeks before Call of Duty. Hardcore fans know that Call of Duty is Call of Duty, and Battlefield is Battlefield, and never the twain shall meet — except when one is consistently accused of being a cheap rip off of the other, and vice versa. For the latest games, those arguments couldn’t be any farther from or closer to the truth.

Both games are distancing themselves somewhat from the action found in the previous franchise installments. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has a very clear difference from the previous Modern Warfare moniker, and it shows in the gameplay. Taking place forty years in the future, Advanced Warfare features loads of high-tech military gear that the studio had futurists help imagine up.

Soldiers will be loaded out with grenades that can function as ordinary frags, homing bombs, or remote sensors that locate enemies. They’ll have exo-suits to enhance their strength and send opponents flying with melees, as well as jump-jets for boosted jumping, safe falling from heights, and quick jukes from side to side. Let’s not forget full mech suits, hoverbikes, and something that looked like it was definitely a laser gun. There will also be plenty of new, larger war machines, including a tank that walks on four legs, new helicopter concepts, and swarms of drones.