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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare announced, hits Nov. 4

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Activision announced today that this year's Call of Duty game, titled Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, will hit Nov. 4 and will feature future tech such as hoverbikes, mech suits and exoskeletons.

The Sledgehammer Games-developed title centers on a private military corporation that has turned on the United States government. The rogue organization is headed by a nefarious character portrayed by actor Kevin Spacey, whose villainous role was revealed by Activision earlier today.

The trailer hints at new abilities available to players such as an exoskeleton, equipping characters with superior strength along with the ability to scale vertical surfaces and leap further. The footage also features hoverbikes, a weaponized mech suit and cloaking for both vehicles and characters. The official trailer announcement follows a teaser page Activision posted earlier for the upcoming Call of Duty game that stated an unveiling was set for 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 4.

A promotional mini-documentary for the game released today centered on the rise of private military corporations (PMCs) over the past 20 years and stated: "In the next Call of Duty, the world's most powerful military is not a country. It's a corporation." The video highlighted how PMCs, who will fight for human-rights groups or terrorists for the right price, are pulling soldiers from national armies with higher payment for shorter deployment periods.

Sledgehammer Games will primarily focus on new systems such as PlayStation 4, Xbox One and modern PC architecture. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ushers in the three-year development cycle for each Call of Duty title, where Sledgehammer, Infinity Ward and Treyarch will take turns developing annual games for the franchise.