It's that time of year again when Call of Duty fans get their hands on the latest firepower. Here's a quick look at what to expect.
While Call of Duty: Ghosts took us to an alternate near-future, Advanced Warfare leaps decades ahead to 2054. The gameplay takes a similar jump, with new developers Sledgehammer Games adding more significant changes to the series than one can remember.
The literal game-changer is the exoskeleton, giving players super-power-esque abilities and pushing Call of Duty into the realms of games such as Halo and Titanfall.
The exoskeleton adds a new level of mobility to the game, with abilities such as slides, massive jumps and even the ability to hover. COD players now have to factor in an opponent's potential slide out of their crosshairs, or death descending from above. Leaping up buildings means the gameplay now embraces a far greater verticality. The combined changes should force players out of old tried-and-tested tactics and the expected shake-up in competitive eSports is great.
There was grumbling amongst some fans that the radically different gameplay would mark the end of COD, but there were still queues late last night to grab the Day Zero edition at midnight. Based on the reaction on Twitter, the game is going down a treat with an overwhelmingly positive response, but it's still early days. While some publications (such as ourselves) are holding back on reviews until the multiplayer element is fully explored, the average review score is coming in at a very positive 85%.
Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare is out now on PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.