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CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE reveals next-gen experience, Kevin Spacey in the lead...

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There's that meme that always floats around - you know the one, with Fry from FUTURAMA, eagerly waving a stack of bills with the caption, "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!" That's sort of where I am with this - a longtime CALL OF DUTY and XBOX loyalist, taking a peek at the press release for CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE, that landed in my inbox from Activision yesterday. Available on November 4, and developed for "next gen" consoles (Xbox One, Playstation 4) and PC, the next installment of the storied CALL OF DUTY franchise looks like nothing that's come before it. And it's got Kevin Spacey playing the lead. Take a look at the reveal trailer below, and then I'll talk some more...

"It's been a lot of fun working with the team to bring Jonathan Irons to life. The technology is truly remarkable and unlike anything I've done before. I'm excited to see where this goes."Kevin Spacey

The bottom line for me is that I need to get an Xbox One. 

I've been a hold-out, still doing just fine with my Xbox 360 (which I still don't get to play as much as I'd like), but by creating this game quite under-the-radar, as part of a three-year development window led by first-time COD studio Sledgehammer Games, Activision seems to be pushing me toward that "next-gen" leap. Here's what they have to say about the game...

"We've made several key decisions with an eye towards creative excellence on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We've really approached this game differently. This is our first three-year development cycle. It's our first time with Sledgehammer Games at the creative helm. And we're shaking up the formula in several ways. New core gameplay mechanics with the exoskeleton suit. A riveting new story. An iconic new character played by one of the world's best actors in Kevin Spacey. We're having a lot of fun making this game, and we think the world is going to have even more fun playing it." Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing

CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARECALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE  jolts players forward in a groundbreaking experience that's ripped-from-the-headlines-of-tomorrow, envisioning a future where both technology and tactics have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise. Set in the year 2054, a private military corporation (PMC) has emerged with the power to rescue humanity from a devastated world struggling to rebuild after a global attack on its military and infrastructure. You are the advanced soldier. Empowered with new, cutting-edge exoskeleton abilities, technological advancements and high-tech gear, players join the ranks of a highly-trained, specialized unit committed to restoring order in a state of advanced warfare.

Pre-order CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE now via (my affiliates) Gamestop or Amazon:
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