Fans of Call of Duty have noticed a trend, starting with Advanced Warfare this past year. It seems every installment in the popular first-person military shooter takes players further and further into the future. While this is something that Modern Warfare did back in the last-gen console era, moving from World War II to modern combat, Advanced Warfare has brought that fighting even further into the future.
So is the upcoming Black Ops III just going to be another Advanced Warfare?
Those who have enjoyed Call of Duty have been able to rely on the fact that each of the different development studios have created separate storylines. Infinity Ward made Modern Warfare and its arc, while Treyarch brought Call of Duty fans back to the Cold-war era of combat. While Treyarch’s Black Ops II had fans experimenting with future technologies, Advanced Warfare brought that technology to a more human level. It wasn’t just the weaponry that was upgraded, but the way players moved about the battlefield. Exo suits added another layer of mobility not found in a Call of Duty game, making Advanced Warfare feel fresh and new to many fans.
With the news that leaked, as reported by the Inquisitr, many fans are looking at Black Ops III and seeing it as potentially just another Advanced Warfare title in the Call of Duty series.
Now, although Advanced Warfare is hardly the first title to have futuristic themes in the series, it is interesting to see that the two newest Call of Duty titles will have a similar setting, with Black Ops III taking place a decade or so after the events of Advanced Warfare. Call of Duty game universes have always been separate between the different developers, so it’s unlikely we’ll see any overt references to the previous title as well.
Advanced Warfare isn’t the only game people are drawing parallels with Black Ops III.VG247 reported on the Deus Ex devs poking some fun at Treyarch’s setting and premise, which can be seen as similar to their futuristic world, with “wearable tech, augmentation and futuristic vibes.”
Fans will just have to wait and see tomorrow when Black Ops III is “officially” revealed whether or not it and Advanced Warfare have anything more than simply mechanics in common. One thing is for certain, however: given how well-received Advanced Warfare was last November, Treyarch will have to do something extraordinary to surpass it this year.