Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games has revealed that it created the world and plot of its shooter with a sequel in mind. The team has also explained how its 2054 setting differs from the 2025 era depicted in Black Ops 2.
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Now, speaking with GameInformer, Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey said, “I think Call of Duty resonates because it’s believable and relatable. And it’s always been one of the strengths of the franchise.”
So that's exactly why you won't see total sci-fi concepts like full mechs or pew-pew laser guns. According to the team, this 3D-printed bullet gun and Advanced Warfare's plasma-powered hover bike are plausible tools of the military trade.
Condrey added, "Some of the the things we found through research of what’s going on in the military today and around the world was more fantastic than even the things we were coming up with. And so I think that time period and that ability to keep it rooted means that our fans, ourselves – you know, it’s not that fictional leap to a science fiction world you can’t relate to.”
“Science fiction icons, we stayed away from,” co-founder Glen Schofield chipped in. “So you won’t see the traditional mech. Even though that may happen, people automatically go, ‘Sci-fi.’ So, we’re kind of trying to stay away from that.”
On any potential overlap with Black Ops 2's future setting, Schofield explained, “We do talk with Mark Lamia [Treyarch studio head] and his designers and artists as much as possible, and that’s so that we don’t duplicate things.
"But I think we realized after the first six months or so when we had this huge amount of information and we had sort of a vision, that if we just kind of followed that and we used Sledgehammer’s style, that we will be different.”
“It’s almost like two artists create a landscape and one’s going to be so much different than the other and I think that there’s enough differences between the two that – I know there’s enough difference between the two that they both can exist.”
But in the end, Advanced Warfare was written with longevity in mind. That means a sequel, naturally.
“There has to be some thinking of not ruining the story and everything or the world so you can’t have another game," Schofield concluded. "We’re keeping it in a place where another game can exist.”
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is out November 4.