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  • COD WW2 Dev Very Dedicated to eSports

    COD WW2 esportsCall of Duty has always had a strong eSports focus - in recent years the developers and publisher responsible for the Call of Duty franchise have worked hard to push out more support for eSports in the series, and this support isn't going to stop with Call of Duty World War 2.

    In fact, Sledgehammer Games, the developer in control of COD WW2, has been in contact with professional Call of Duty players to help shape the competitive aspects of World War 2.

    Michael Condrey, co-founder of Sledgehammer games, had a few positive things to say about their interaction with pro players and their work on making COD WW2 an eSports friendly title.

    When asked about pro players, Micheal Condrey mentioned that "They've been fantastic and excited and in many ways, I think they enjoyed returning to a grounded experience with more strategy without the mechanical element. It plays right into what they've been asking for."

    Michael was impressed by the amount of positive comments they received for COD WW2 after the recent Infinite Warfare release. Recently, WW2 was playable at E3 2017, and many top competitive players and COD content creators were invited.

    "Apart from having hands on the floor and at our building with influencers and eSports athletes over the last few days has really shown what we expected all along which was a huge appetite for a return to boots on the ground, to have it feel strategic and have it reinforce team play a lot more."

  • Destiny 2 Announced, Call of Duty WW2 Rumored

    destiny 2 announcedDestiny 2 has been announced and rumors of a Call of Duty WW2 release in 2017 are circulating the internet.

    The biggest news this week comes from the Bungie camp. Finally, after months of us knowing it was coming, Bungie has announced Destiny 2. The upcoming game is set to release later this year and should come to PS4, Xbox One and PC.

    This time around, Bungie may have learned from their mistakes on their first release for the Destiny universe. So far, we have had a single Destiny reveal trailer, and it already showcases more character and liveliness than perhaps the entirety of the first Destiny game.

    Fans that were disappointed about the lack of story and scale in the first Destiny title are definitely going to be excited about Destiny 2.

    We've also heard rumors that the next Call of Duty game will be inspired by the events of WW2. After seeing EA's back-in-time success with Battlefield 1, it comes as no surprise that Activision may have ordered one of the three COD developers to work on a world war shooter again.

    The new Call of Duty game will be developed by Sledgehammer Games. According to rumors, the title will simply be Call of Duty: WW2. Quite honestly, we're excited about seeing Call of Duty go back to its original roots, even if Battlefield did beat them to it first.

    We'll share more news about Destiny 2 and Call of Duty WW2 as it comes in.

  • Call of Duty 2017 Going Back in Time

    Call of Duty 2017Over the past few years, the Call of Duty franchise has made plenty of changes thanks to a big transition towards future based combat. Unfortunately for Activision, it hasn't exactly been received that well.

    The Call of Duty franchise has been one of the biggest and most successful first person shooter series of all time, but it was clear after Infinite Warfare that the fan appeal had started to wither away.

    Due partly to the poor performance of Infinite Warfare and arguably partly due to the success of Battlefield 1, the Call of Duty title planned for this year has been confirmed to be going back to the series roots.

    The information comes straight from Activision as they have looked back at and shared their successes and failures in 2016. Whilst Activision has now confirmed that the upcoming Call of Duty game will take inspiration from previous games, nothing was said about how far back the publisher would be going.

    It was confirmed that the next Call of Duty title will be developed by Sledgehammer games, however. Considering Sledgehammer has already had experience with developing Modern Warfare 3, perhaps the next Call of Duty game will return back to the modern combat setting. Alternatively, Activision may have meant even further back through Call of Duty's roots, all the way back to the original world war games during Call of Duty 1-3.

    What are your thoughts on Sledgehammer Games and Activision taking a step back in time with the 2017 Call of Duty title?

  • Crazy Advanced Warfare Stats Revealed

    Sledgehammer Games has recently released a large infographic that contains a variety of information relating to player's accumalative stats in Advanced Warfare since the game has been released. In the infographic, details about player kills, weapon usage and grenade usage has been displayed. Other details give information about the exo zombie survival mode, whilst some stats share details on the various exo suit abilities.

    2,591,920,137, or roughly 2.5 billion exo zombies have been killed since the release of Advanced Warfare, and 223 million zombie waves have been cleared by players.

    Players have collected 1,397,836,776 supply drops, and over 2 billion items have been collected, with roughly 300 million of those being elite items.

    One of my favorite stats on the new info-graphic includes details about how far players have jumped with the new boost jumps in Advanced Warfare. Over 105 trillion jumps have been made by players online. Sledgehammer Games has stated that this is enough distance to cover the circumference of the earth 14 thousand times. Now that is a lot of boost jumping.

    Unfortunately the info-graphic did not give stats on player average kill ratios or any other information about player performance or weapon preference. The info-graphic did state that 24% of weapons used were assault rifles, 19% were SMGs, 16% were heavy weapons and just 13% were snipers.

    If you could learn any stats about Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, what kind of stats would you be interested to learn about? I personally think it would be great to see details about player performance and general weapon usage, instead of just weapon class usage.

  • Third Person Option Coming to Advanced Warfare After Release

    advanced warfare third personThis won't be the first time, but recent news reveals that the upcoming Call of Duty game, Advanced Warfare, will have a selection of third person modes for the multiplayer portion of the game which will release some time after the game officially launches worldwide.

    Sledgehammer Games have put quite a lot of effort into renewing the multiplayer experience of the Call of Duty franchise in Advanced Warfare, and what we've learned so far is that Sledgehammer will offer a range of new mechanics to make the game feel fresh, but the experience will still be recognized by Call of Duty fans across the globe.

    On top of putting effort into new gameplay mechanics, Sledgehammer are thinking hard about the various multiplayer playlists available. It's already been revealed that the game will have a set of standard playlists, and a set of traditional non-exo suit playlists too. On top of this, it's now looking likely that Advanced Warfare will also get a third person playlist at some point after the game's release.

    This news is quite exciting; I've always been a fan of the third person modes for previous Call of Duty games, and it gives players a new take on the online gameplay. The only trouble is that as the game ages, it may be hard to find players within each sub-playlist. There is already the standard playlist and the traditional playlists, and if they add third person playlists there will be three separate areas that fragment the online player capacity.

  • August 11 Reveal Planned for Advanced Warfare Multiplayer

    advanced warfare multiplayerThe next game in the Call of Duty franchise has been revealed to be Advanced Warfare, a title that will be solely developed by the series's third developer, Sledgehammer Games, for the first time.

    So far, we have been treated with a wide range of teasers and content reveals for the story and setting for Advanced Warfare, but our multiplayer taste buds have not yet been touched. However, that is about to change, because Sledgehammer Games have revealed their plans to showcase the multiplayer in Advanced Warfare at Gamescom 2014, on August 11th.

    The brand new multiplayer gameplay reveal for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare will be in Microsoft's hands, and Major Nelson has revealed that he and the creators of the next COD title will be ready to show off multiplayer content of the game soon.

    As well as showing off the content to those attending Gamescom 2014, Microsoft will be streaming the whole event on Xbox Live for the world to see. Along with gameplay content, Microsoft has said to be giving live interviews with some of the developers who are working on Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, so we can expect to learn a lot more about the new game later this month on August 11th.

    We're hoping that Advanced Warfare will have enough to bring back the old Call of Duty crowd, many of which felt that the latest game in the franchise, Ghosts, was a big let down.

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  • Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Could Have Been Third Person

    advanced warfare newsBefore Sledgehammer Games worked on maps for Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, they had another, more secret project unraveling in their development studio.

    In fact, Sledgehammer Games spent around 8 months working on a Vietnam War era shooter title, and unlike other games in the franchise, the title was going to be completely third person.

    Glen Schofield revealed to Game Informer that they were getting quite involved with the project before it got cancelled. "We were really getting into the story," Schofield said. "We had a big moment that I would love to get into a game someday, but it's not something we could do in first-person."

    After around 8 months, only 15 minutes of gameplay was actually playable, at which point Activision asked if they'd like to help with Modern Warfare 3 instead. The title was then scrapped, and Sledgehammer Games went in-house to work on Modern Warfare 3, and the rest is history.

    Sledgehammer Games are currently working on Advanced Warfare, a new Call of Duty title planned for release later this year. Whilst Modern Warfare 3 was a joint effort between Sledgehammer Games and another development team, Advanced Warfare will be the first solo title created by Sledgehammer under the Call of Duty moniker.

    From what we've seen so far, the gameplay looks quite fresh, and it really takes things to another level when it comes to future weapons and equipment.

    Call of Duty Advanced Warfare will be released on November 4th for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PS4 and PC.

  • Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Announced

    COD Advanced WarfareThe next Call of Duty game that is planned for release this year has just been revealed, and so far it's looking pretty interesting. As we know at this point, the Call of Duty title for 2014 has been developed by a new developer, Sledgehammer Games, and they have been working on it for around 3 years now.

    The new Call of Duty title will focus on advanced future combat, and has been titled Advanced Warfare. In Advanced Warfare we can expect to see advanced weaponry, aircraft and drones, as well as a wide variety of other technical gear, including wearable exoskeletons that makes Call of Duty comparable with something out of Halo or Dead Space.

    Personally, I think this is a pretty interesting direction for Sledgehammer to take, but seeing as Black Ops has been touching on 'future combat' a little bit already, it isn't entirely surprising. Hopefully there will be enough new content to refresh the series a little.

    Another interesting thing about Advanced Warfare is that Kevin Spacey has been chosen to voice the bad guy, who can be heard in the Advanced Warfare reveal trailer. Whilst a lot of Call of Duty's popularity has branched off from the multiplayer experience, Sledgehammer Games seem pretty enthusiastic to offer a great singleplayer experience this time round.

    Sledgehammer will be focusing on just the PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions of the title, however another development studio will be working on a last gen version for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

  • Screenshot Shown of Next Call of Duty Game

    Call of Duty 2014 ScreenshotBesides the diehard fans, there aren't that many of us out there that can still get excited at the announcement of a new Call of Duty game, however the next COD title planned for release this year may actually be worth checking out.

    The next COD title, or Call of Duty 2014 as it has been informally called, has been planned for release this Fall, however, despite only being a year after the release of Call of Duty Ghosts, the development team behind it have been quietly working on it for around 3 years now.

    Typically, the Call of Duty titles have been created by two different development studios; Infinity Ward and Treyarch Games. This gives each development studio two years to work on a title, and a Call of Duty game can still be released each year.

    This year round, Sledgehammer Games have gotten involved, and that means the COD franchise will be entering a three year development cycle for the first time.

    A new development team working on a COD title, along with an extra year's worth of development could just be enough to breathe new life into the franchise, and if it doesn't, then at least the game will look nice.

    The screenshot shown above was revealed late last week by Sledgehammer games to show off the graphical potential of Call of Duty 2014, which will primarily be targeted towards the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, giving Sledgehammer more space for improvement.

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