A former developer at Sledgehammer Games explained why they never made a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sequel in a recent interview. Sledgehammer’s first original Call of Duty game, Advanced Warfare, was representative of the series’ shift toward future settings.
Released in 2014, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare transported players to the year 2054 and featured futuristic features including Exo suits and laser guns. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in 2012 was not the first game in the franchise to make use of a futuristic look, but the addition of the Exos and energy weapons gave Advanced Warfare its unique flavor.
Although not all gamers like the changes, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare still has a dedicated following and there have been persistent whispers of a sequel ever since it was released over ten years ago.
In a recent interview with MinnMax, Bret Robbins, a former creative director at Sledgehammer Games, explained some of the mystery behind Advanced Warfare 2. According to Robbins, Sledgehammer was offered “a better opportunity” to work on Call of Duty: World War 2, therefore the successor to Advanced Warfare was shelved after an early prototype was developed. Like Medal of Honor, the Brothers in Arms series, and even certain early Battlefield games, Call of Duty got its start as a World War II shooter franchise.
Uncharted meets Call of Duty is how Robbins described another unpublished Sledgehammer project, a third-person action game. The development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, a collaboration between Sledgehammer and Infinity Ward, led to the cancellation of this project. Robbins said that he would prefer to concentrate on a sequel to Advanced Warfare than bring up this project.
He said that “everything about it was Sledgehammer’s,” referring to the fact that, unlike Modern Warfare 3, which continued where Infinity Ward left off, Advanced Warfare was their own original concept. Former Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said that Sledgehammer Games was interested in developing Advanced Warfare 2, but the studio eventually moved on to other projects.
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare may be most remembered by casual fans for two things: its badly aged celebrity casting, and the “press F to pay respects” meme, which has now become one of the most memorable video game memes of all time. In spite of this, it’s clear that the game still has a dedicated following, as rumors about a sequel have persisted for years.
It has been nearly ten years since the publication of Advanced Warfare, and Bret Robbins’ departure from Sledgehammer makes the development of a sequel doubtful. Yet, the possibility of an Advanced Warfare sequel remains if enough fans make their voices heard. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare may be played on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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