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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer to experiment with new ideas

by William Schwartz

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer will experiment with the core mechanics of the game. According to an interview with Game Informer, the team at Sledgehammer Games are “bringing some big experiments to the core mechanics that will affect multiplayer and all modes of the game,” according to Activision’s Eric Hirshberg.

So just what will these “big experiments” be? Sledgehammer hasn’t revealed much about multiplayer at this point, but drops of information have begun leaking out to forums and websites across the web. Apparently these big experiements in Advanced Warfare will introduce new gameplay mechanics in the form of enhanced player movement, giving players more verticality with the ability to use boost jumps and grappling.

“With the advent of the exoskeleton and newly advanced armor and weaponry, every soldier commands tactical freedom in any terrain unlike ever before, fundamentally changing the way gamers play Call of Duty across all modes.”

The description of the game sounds very similar to some of the core mechanics found in Respawn Entertainment’s recently released shooter, Titanfall. It’s probably too early to point the finger at Sledgehammer Games for trying to ape their mechanics as we don’t know much about Advanced Warfare, but freedom of movement in Titanfall was one of the most highly praised aspects of that game, and one of the things that really separates it from other shooters.

If Activision adheres to their former marketing schedules, we won’t be hearing anything concrete about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer for a few months. While this is likely the game mode that the majority of Call of Duty fans are most excited to hear about, it’s likely that these new ideas will polarize fans if too drastic. Even following the game’s reveal just days ago, these small details already have some fans hoping it’s not too drastic of a change from the popular formula. On the hand, there’s a large community of shooter players who say that Activision and it’s Call of Duty studios fail to push innovation in their games.

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