Activision have this week announced the development of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Day Zero Edition for release alongside the standard and collector's versions of the product later this year. Despite their similar branding, Advanced Warfare's futuristic storyline takes place in an isolated narrative continuity which won't intersect with the Modern Warfare trilogy or last year's poorly-received Ghosts (or either of the Black Ops titles for that matter, but that was never in doubt).
In contrast to the vast majority of special edition video game packages, the Day Zero Edition of Sledgehammer Games' much-anticipated fully-fledged COD début will offer franchise veterans two remarkable perks which are sure to more than justify the additional entry fee. First and foremost, anyone who pre-orders this extremely limited incarnation of the Titanfall-inspired FPS will be able to start testing out its refined multiplayer experience twenty-four hours ahead of other players (hence the product's pseudo-satirical name), an opportunity which those who've found themselves frustrated by online retailers sending their colleagues previous instalments a day before their official release will surely relish this time around.
As if that weren't enough of an incentive, Day Zero players will gain double experience points online for the duration of their extra day of play, plus exclusive weapons such as the Crossbow B-2 and EM1 Quantum Directed Energy Weapon, giving them quite the edge over their soon-to-be competitors. Long-term readers of On-Screen will hopefully have worked out that we're hardly the most keen advocates of Activision's long-running online behemoth (let's be honest, does anyone purchase it for the single-player segment these days?), but when all's said and done, the publishers do appear to be offering up a premium-value package here that should more than warrant the attention of the series' devotees.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Day Zero Edition will explode onto Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC this November 3rd, while the Standard Edition of the title is set to launch the next day (November 4th).