This spectacular car chase sequence took COD devs 18 months to make

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Say what you will about the Call of Duty franchise, but damn this year’s game is looking good. Check out this three-minute clip of a car chase in Lagos, Nigeria, where two futuristic soldiers use the roofs of buses as platforms from which to launch assaults on the enemy cars that are chasing them. It’s pretty spectacular.

The video is from IGN; they sat down with Glen Schofield, the co-founder of the studio behind this year’s release, who talks players through what they’re seeing as well as some background on the development of the level.

He mentions that his guys have been working on this particular sequence for 18 months, something that the franchise’s three-year development cycle allows for. So by the time you’re the one behind the controls, the Lagos car chase and every other level should be polished to a bright shine.

(Should be: I reserve the right to be completely wrong about it, but I’m at least hopeful.)

But looking at the evidence, I think I’ve got reason to hope. The video showcases judicious use of the ability-augmenting exoskeletons shown off in trailers that has the soldiers jumping impossible distances, throwing enemy soldiers high in the air using just one arm and hanging onto the cars and buses for dear life in unrealistic yet fantastical ways.

Schofield is doing the PR rounds at the moment, talking to Digital Spy as well about the development process. It’s an enlightening interview, where he talks how the studio’s single and multiplayer teams collaborated quite closely on features like double-jumping and ground-slams, resulting in much map iteration which should mean streamlined, perfected multiplayer maps come launch time. Read the interview here.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is out on November 4th, so there’s just under a month to wait to see for ourselves just what sort of results three years of development time can deliver.

[Source – IGN, Digital Spy]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.