Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Offers Cutting-Edge Weaponry And Kevin Spacey's Firepower

Kevin Spacey's acting chops are on full display in Activision's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, which is now available worldwide. It's an interesting launch on a number of levels, not the least of which is that this is the first CoD title led by developer Sledgehammer Games, the first time for a three-year development cycle, and it uses a entirely new game engine.

"Three years ago we made some big decisions to invest in a three-year development cycle and to enlist Sledgehammer Games to be the first new lead studio for Call of Duty in a decade," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. "We believe that those decisions have paid off, resulting in a fantastic game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which features a kickass story, an epic performance by Kevin Spacey, beautiful graphics and new core mechanics that make Advanced Warfare even more of an adrenaline rush than Call of Duty already was. And that’s saying something."

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Also new to Advanced Warfare is the highly touted exoskeleton, which Activision considers "the biggest core movement change in franchise history." These advanced tactical suits allow players to boost jump to incredible heights, boost dodge to shift sideways in an instant, boost slam (kind of like Hulk-smash), and much more. In short, it offers a new element of gameplay not found in previous CoD titles.

Actor Kevin Spacey joins the fray as Jonathan Irons, founder and president of the private military corporation Atlas Corporation. Following the death of his son Will Irons, he becomes a powerful and dark persona obsessed with vengeance at any cost. He's also the main antagonist in a game that seeks to break down the barrier between traditional gaming and Hollywood storytelling.

"Calling Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare a passion project is an understatement," said Glen Schofield, Co-Founder and Studio Head, Sledgehammer Games. "The studio’s commitment to excellence has driven every decision made about the game, big and small, and has resulted in an unparalleled, packed-to-the-brim experience we’re extremely proud of."

Also available today is the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass ($49.99), which gets you access to all four DLC packs to be released in 2015 at a bundled discount. Otherwise, they run $15 each, or $60 for all four when purchased individually.