Snipers in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be fully balanced and not be “over-powered” when compared to other classes.
This was confirmed by Michael Condrey, Chief Operating and Development Officer of Sledgehammer Games, when speaking with 3News.
According to the developer, each weapon and class has gone through a tentative testing period of three years to ascertain that everything is balanced.
The sniper class is a popular class and role in almost every first-person shooting title. However, the ability to take out enemies from afar is sometimes deemed too powerful when put against other classes.
Not to mention they are usually powerful enough to kill anyone with a single shot and hence comes the topic of quick-scoping. “At the core of it, Call of Duty is meant to be about skill, rather than an overpowered create-a- class,” said Condrey.
“We’ve spent three years focused on that. So a player that has perfected play as a sniper, we want to allow that to be a really fulfilling experience, equally balanced to someone who has spent time perfecting their ability to use an assault rifle, a SMG, a shotgun or whatever.”
So while he didn’t really explain as to how Sledgehammer has balanced out the sniper class, he did mention that players will not be able to equip the quick-draw ability because that leads to quick-scoping.
“The ability to quick-draw with an assault rifle is important, but you don’t want to have the ability to quick-draw with a sniper rifle because that lends itself to being a faster, quick-scope model.”
I take it that there will be other abilities as well that snipers won’t be able to make use of.