Activision is sneakier than Frank Underwood.
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will voice the lead character in the next Call of Duty game, sources close to the matter have confirmed to Yahoo Games. But you wouldn’t know it unless you did some pretty serious internet sleuthing.
Which is exactly what we did.
Spacey’s involvement comes courtesy of a curious, leaked sound file making its way around the interwebs on Thursday. The audio track, which many suspected was simply a tease for the next season of the outstanding House of Cards, is seemingly little more than a rant about the difficulties of warmongering and foreign government-building. That might seem a perfect fit for the Netflix show…except it’s missing the unmistakable Southern drawl of Spacey’s Cards alter-ego, Frank Underwood. Have a listen:
The real key is found in that peculiar seven seconds of hiss at the end of the recording. It’s not actually just an errant bit of audio – it’s a Spectrogram. Essentially an image built using audio frequencies, it’s a clever way to bury images.
And that’s just what Activision did. Running the audio through a visualization program (we went with Sonic Visualizer) yields this:
The left side is the Spacey audio. The right side is the hiss. Or, if you look at it another way, it resembles a slightly warped shot of a soldier holding a rifle.
Okay, okay, we know, a bit of a thin premise. Except today also brought us news from Game Informer that the next Call of Duty game would be revealed on Sunday, May 4. A quick trip to the official Call of Duty website and we find what appears to be a scrambled image that, if you squint, isn't far off from the Spectrogram.
Put two and two together and you’ve got perhaps the kookiest confirmation since Frank Underwood was sworn in as VP. (Update: looks like Variety agrees with us!)
Activision has gone gaga over Hollywood types in past Call of Duty games. Gary Oldman, Ice Cube, Sam Worthington, Ed Harris and Kiefer Sutherland are just a few of the names to have lent their pipes to a Call of Duty game over the years.
The next installment is being created by Sledgehammer Games and will very likely launch this holiday. We’ll know more about the game when Game Informer’s story hits on Sunday.
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