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Rumor: Zombies are coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

It appears that legions of the undead will return in this year's Call of Duty game, based on a leaked trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that's positively teeming with zombies.

While the leaked trailer has since been pulled from sites like YouTube and DailyMotion, the unannounced mode for Sledgehammer Games' futuristic take on Call of Duty appears to feature a powerful strain of zombie that's equipped to take on Advanced Warfare's super soldiers.

Unlike Treyarch's Call of Duty games, the zombies in Advanced Warfare are fast-moving, high-leaping creatures that travel in huge packs. The swarms of undead pile upon each other like the great zombie floods of World War Z... and they may even have the powered exoskeletons that players will wear throughout Advanced Warfare.

Last year's Call of Duty: Ghosts swapped in alien creatures for zombies in its episodic fantasy mode, and included the Predator and Halloween's Michael Myers as guest characters. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games hasn't said anything yet about a zombies mode for its game, but it sure looks like they're coming.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare officially releases next Tuesday, Nov. 4, but the game will go on sale a day early at select retailers.

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