Sounds Like Kevin Spacey is Villain in New Call of Duty (VIDEO)

A new trailer appearing on the @callofduty Instagram feed teases the involvement of actor Kevin Spacey. And he sounds totally evil.

Fresh off the uber-successful second season of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” in which Spacey plays notoriously conniving politician Frank Underwood, Spacey appears (or rather, a quadrant of his face does) in the short teaser. Given the monologue he delivers in the video, which feels like it’s channeling a slightly less Southern Underwood already, I think it’s probably safe to assume that Spacey is the villain of the upcoming Call of Duty title, which is being developed by Sledgehammer Games.

Either that, or he’s a morally ambiguous boss of a private military company. Maybe even the player’s boss.

We can extrapolate that bit of intel based on what little we’ve heard about the upcoming CoD project. Earlier today, Activision teased the fact that the game will be based on PMCs, those private companies that provide mercenary soldiers to, basically, the highest bidder. Based on Spacey’s monologue, which is all about the use of power, it think we’re in safe territory in putting those two elements together.

I’ve gotta say, I’ve just become much, much more interested in seeing where Sledgehammer and Activision are taking their billion-dollar shooter franchise this year. The Spacey development is adding to a shakeup this year with the franchise, which is adding Sledgehammer — which previously has worked on aspects of CoD games alongside developer Infinity Ward — as a third developer in the CoD rotation. That means that, with each studio making its own CoD game, the development time on each game will be around three years, as Sledgehammer’s games enter into the existing alternating development between Infinity Ward and Treyarch.

All that bodes well for potential shakeups in the series, like the ones we saw with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and more development time is potentially good news for each installment of the series.

We’re due to get more information about 2014′s CoD installment on Sunday, so stay tuned.

Anybody else suddenly having their opinion affected by Spacey’s involvement? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Phil Hornshaw is senior editor at GameFront. Read more of his work here, and follow him and GameFront on Twitter: @philhornshaw and @gamefrontcom.

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