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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare wages war with exoskeletons, other high-tech equipment

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's campaign extrapolates the path of two current trends into the near future: the corporatization of war by private military contractors and the inexorable progression of military technology, according to the game's description on Amazon.

The story centers on the world's largest private military company, Atlas Corporation, which was founded and is run by Jonathan Irons (Kevin Spacey, image above). In Advanced Warfare, nations turn to Atlas — instead of their own standing armies — to handle military responsibilities. The game takes place in 2054, with the world devastated by an attack that deals a severe blow to infrastructure and military power.

Soldiers fight with advanced weaponry, with exoskeletons at the heart of their equipment loadout. These suits are force multipliers in and of themselves, boosting users' strength, speed, agility, stealth and more. Futuristic weaponry in Advanced Warfare will include a special type of ammunition beyond standard ballistics: a directed-energy option. And the soldiers will use specialized equipment such as hoverbikes and drones.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which is in development at Sledgehammer Games, will be released Nov. 4 on "next-gen consoles and PC," according to a press release from publisher Activision. For more, check out the announcement trailer below.

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