It came as somewhat of a shock and a hugely pleasant surprise for such an iconic face as Kevin Spacey’s to make its digital appearance in the trailer for the recently announcedCall of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Of course gamers have been seeing familiar faces popping up more and more as the industry edges further and further into the mainstream, last year’sBeyond Two Souls on the Playstation 3 taking real-world actor involvement in games to brand new heights.
For Activision and Sledgehammer to land the Spaceman, however, is them pulling off a massive coup. A respected and prolific modern actor, Spacey is undeniably part of the Hollywood A-list, and landing him for their game really shows how far into the big leagues Call of Duty has come, its reach extending beyond the world of gaming and into the broader sphere of pop culture in general.
Game Informer have run a feature detailing the technological processes behind Spacey’s involvement in the trailer and the new game, complete with interviews with the actor and founders of Sledgehammer Games, Glenn Schofield and Michael Condrey:
“People thought we were crazy when we made the Netflix deal forHouse of Cards,” says Spacey in the same interview. “’They’re out of their minds, it’ll never work.’ I’m used to people thinking I’m nuts. And you know what? I kind of love it.”
The eccentric actor’s immersion in a new medium and the new performance capture technology that comes with it is an extension of his outspoken mindset. “
Landing Spacey as the seething, smouldering Irons character has certainly not harmed the early PR campaign to jetisonAdvanced Warfare into the headlines and there are no doubts that being involved with such a talented actor could make the upcoming title’s campaign one of the most involving and well produced yet.
Click through to Game Informer for the full article.
See the reveal trailer (and K-Space) here.