Sledgehammer Games developers have revealed some details about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer maps and co-op mode.
In a Q&A session with IGN fans, Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey let on that there will be thirteen new multiplayer maps in the game, and a bonus “Atlas Gorge” map in the Collector’s Edition.
“Atlas Gorge” is inspired by the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare map “Pipeline,” and its inclusion in Advanced Warfare is due to popular fan feedback that “great classic maps” from the Call of Duty franchise be ported over to the latest title.
Condrey says that “Atlas Gorge” is the “only classic COD map available at launch,” and it is implied that Sledgehammer could introduce more classic maps in future updates or DLCs.
As for multiplayer game modes, classic CoD fan favorites like Team Deathmatch, Domination, Search and Destroy, and Kill Confirmed will be featured in the multiplayer Hardcore Playlist.
Co-op mode wise, Sledgehammer will be introducing Exo Survival mode, which is similar to the Survival mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Players can choose between light, heavy, or specialist Exo tiers, and will have to fight off wave after wave of enemy Exo soldiers, mechs, dogs, and drones and attempt to reach the highest wave round possible.
Although this is somewhat similar to the Modern Warfare 3 Survival mode, Sledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield told Eurogamer that the main difference is that players can keep their unlocked abilities even after they’ve finally lost to a wave.
“One of the things we heard on the last game was, when you died you have to start all over again,” Schofield said.
“We found people really like to invest in their character. This one is about investing in a character, investing in your team and working your way through the different waves in different levels on different maps.”
In fact, this one change plus the fact that Exo Survival is a four-player co-op mode (MW3’s co-op is two-player) means that players will likely go into higher rounds than in MW3.
“60 or 70 is the highest number we’ve had,” Schofield said.
“The thing is, you’re also upgrading more and more. So we don’t know where it ends.
“Because the enemies are different, because you’re working four-player co-op, because the armory system is so much more customizable, we have no idea what the highest people will get.”