We’ve replaced dogs with mech suits.
The new trailer for the game looks sweet and it’s good to see the series changing things up a bit. Even though the series are incredibly popular, with each new game that appeared it seemed like players were getting the same thing each time. And when there’s a release every year, you tend to see these things more clearly.
So I’m glad that things are changing a bit. It does remind me of All You Need is Kill, which is great since I love the manga for that and can’t wait for The Edge of Tomorrow, but I think some people won’t be happy with the changes here.
I mean, when you look at this trailer does it scream COD to you? In some ways, yes, but in other ways no. So too much of a change may push fans away. Everyone like to complain about how games are the same and there’s no new innovation anymore, but the moment game companies start changing their franchises fans complain. They start saying that they’ve killed the series and how should stick to what is tried and true.
Fans want different experiences, but if you change it slightly they complain too.
You can’t win.
Since COD is a popular series, I think they can get away with trying new things though. Even if this game fails, they still have a large enough fan base to keep making games, so it’s not really an issue.
I don’t know if this will be a good game or not, but I’m excited to see the changes. I kind of wish they held off releasing a new game till next year, because it’s not so much the changes or the same gameplay that kills a franchise. It’s the yearly releases, because when you over saturate the market with your games it makes people not want to buy them right away. You want to give players some time to salivate about what’s coming, instead of saying, “Oh look, another COD game.”
In any case, I’m hoping they show more, especially gameplay, at E3 and that we see more from Kevin Spacey. Perhaps the game will feel more political since he’s there. And maybe, just maybe, he’ll even make an appearance at one of the press conferences.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is dropping on November 4th.