After the big reveal of this year's Call of Duty game, the futuristic Advanced Warfare, developer Sledgehammer Games has released more details of how the game's sci-fi setting will impact the gameplay and what the storyline will be.
The story takes place in 2054, and concerns the aftermath of a global terrorist strike by an organisation known as the KVA. The game follows US Marine Private Mitchell as he's recruited into the private military force belonging to Jonathon Irons, the character played by Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey. Mitchell will be voiced by veteran game actor Troy Baker, most recently heard as Joel in Sony's The Last of Us and Booker in Bioshock Infinite. In a change from the usual COD formula, Mitchell will be the only character you control throughout the story mode.
Mitchell is given an EXO suit, which you can upgrade with XP after each story mission. This allows you to cloak, boost at speed, jump higher, climb sheer surfaces and even hover in mid-air. You'll also have special multi-purpose grenades which change their function the longer you cook them: they can explode, or act as motion detectors. There are also hoverbikes. Hoverbikes!
The game will come with a co-op mode, the details of which have not yet been released, as well as the obligatory multiplayer modes. As for what we can expect there, Sledgehammer's Michael Condry told Game Informer magazine: "You can probably imagine the possibilities of a lot of the stuff you saw in single-player and how it would apply online."
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be out for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 4th. As with previous COD titles, all DLC will be exclusive to Xbox consoles for a limited time.