Well folks, it’s coming up to that time of year again. Earlier today, Activision and Treyarch released a new teaser trailer for its upcoming installment in the Call of Duty franchise. Dubbed “Ember”, the trailer cinematically explores the pitfalls and philosophical implications of technology’s role in human enhancement. Much like the previous Call of Duty, Treyarch are continuing the franchise along its near-future narrative. Good news for all you Advanced Warfare fans.
The three minute teaser gives various hints as to the themes of the upcoming game, displaying shady military happenings, civilian unrest and the blurring of the line between man and machine. Fair play to the folks over at Treyarch, it was a pretty cool little teaser with a lot of interesting things to think about. But, this is Call of Duty we’re talking about here; we want to see the shootbangs!
As if by half decent marketing, the teaser also… well, it teases the grandiosely named ‘world reveal’ which will be going live across the entire planet on April 26th! Hopefully here, we can have some gameplay and get a decent feel for how the latest instalment is shaping up. Who knows, maybe this year will be the year that the franchise finally decides what it wants to be. I honestly believe that there is room for a really well-made single player campaign here. With a little bit of care, Treyarch could no doubt pull off a thought provoking story mode that explores the themes discussed in the teaser.
Or, it could gloss over the single player campaign as we all expect and focus all effort on the multiplayer. Either way, let’s hope for something new and interesting with this iteration. With its last efforts, Treyarch have brought a number of new additions to the series, many of which have been discontinued and forgotten. But who knows, we’ve seen a fair amount of innovation in the Call of Duty series of late. Maybe Treyarch will add even more. We’ll find out on April 26th.