This year’s addition to Activision’s power-selling franchise is looking to be the most ambitious and inventive to date. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has already shrugged many of the series’ long-standing tropes, doing away with generic antagonists while also bringing a glut of new features to the table.
One of these is the new “Supply Drop” system being introduced to multiplayer. For the past few years, customisation has been the core focus of Call of Duty’s online component, Advanced Warfare taking it that one step further.
These drops are earned both gradually through progression and in co-ordination with in-game challenges. The main draw here is that the contents of these drops are completely random and allow players to customize not only their load-outs but their appearance too. Additionally, some drops will contain one-use support items that can be deployed during a match.
It’s a clever twist to the existing formula and one that taps into the addicting appeal of loot-driven role-playing games. Hopefully Sledgehammer will have a couple more little tricks up their sleeve before Advanced Warfare releases in November.