New CoD, just like the old CoD? "Nay!" Activision claims in the voice of an offended British gentlefop. Advanced Warfare is technologically slightly further in the future than Ghost's near-future setting. This brave new medium-future future trumps Ghost's remote controlled dog with jetpacks that let you scoot around enemies! Whatever next.
We're also getting laser rifles and a game mode that has you throwing metal balls into floating holographic balls, which is a prime pastime for soldiers in the quite-but-not-too-distant future. This, we're promised, is a recipe for excitement that will revolutionise the art of shooting men in the head in a videogame. We'll know for sure when it's released in November 4. It does look reassuringly quicker than your Bovril-grade CoD of old, and few things aren't improved by the addition of an orbital laser strike. Find our more in our MP impressions from Gamescom.