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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare cover
Sledgehammer Games
Multiplayer Raven Software
Release dates
Windows November 4, 2014
Metacritic 78
OpenCritic 81
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi
Series Call of Duty
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Key points

Multiplayer matchmaking will not work when any DLC map pack except the free Atlas Gorge map is installed. See Issues fixed below, for fixes and workarounds.

General information

Official Call of Duty series site
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Contains 6 DVDs.
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Gold Edition.
All versions require Steam DRM.

Version differences

The Gold Edition includes the first map pack, Havoc.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Atlas Gorge Map Included in the Digital Pro Edition
Australia Exoskeleton Pack
Backdraft Personalization Pack
Barong Exoskeleton Pack
Canada Exoskeleton Pack
Championship Personalization Pack
Creature Personalization Pack
Creature Premium Personalization Pack
Extra Armory Slots 1
Extra Armory Slots 2
Extra Armory Slots 3
Extra Armory Slots 4
Extra Armory Slots 5
France Exoskeleton Pack
Germany Exoskeleton Pack
Havoc Included in the Gold Edition.
Hot Rod Exoskeleton Pack
Italy Exoskeleton Pack
Japan Exoskeleton Pack
Lagoon Personalization Pack
Lightning Personalization Pack
Lightning Premium Personalization Pack
Magma Personalization Pack
Magma Premium Personalization Pack
Nanotech Personalization Pack
Nanotech Premium Personalization Pack
Netherlands Exoskeleton Pack
Panda Exoskeleton Pack
Psychedelic Personalization Pack
Season Pass Included in the Digital Pro Edition
Spain Exoskeleton Pack
Steampunk Exoskeleton Pack
Tiki Personalization Pack
United Kingdom Exoskeleton Pack
United States Exoskeleton Pack

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Edit config.cfg file
  1. Launch the game at least once to create CFG files
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\players2\ folder
  3. Open config.cfg file with a text editor
  4. Find seta intro string in it and change its value to "0"

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\players2\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/209650/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/209650/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Widescreen Fixer to fix stretching from 16:9.[1]
Proper Hor+ gameplay. Menus are Vert- and FMVs are stretched. Use Widescreen Fixer to fix any stretching issues from 16:9.[1]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
65-90° in multiplayer;[3] for single-player use this FOV changer.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Low, normal and high options.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, SMAA (1x and Temporal 2x), Filmic SMAA (1x and Temporal 2x) and SSAA (2x, 4x, 8x, 16x)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Multiplayer is capped at 91 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)
Color blind mode


In-game key map/mouse settings.
In-game key map/mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
There is only a single volume slider though there is native support to turn off the music, announcer, hitmarker sounds and soldier chatter independently.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, by
Only available in Polish retail release and it's the only language available in this version.[4]
Brazilian Portuguese
Audio only.[5]
Fan translation, download.
Lacks Latin American translation (available on console version). Only Castillan translation is available.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
18 Versus, Co-op
Co-op supports up to 4 players.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Hybrid system with dedicated servers.
Hybrid system with P2P listen servers.
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27014-27050
UDP 3478, 4379-4380, 27000-27031, 27036
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (DX11).
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues fixed

No games found in multiplayer when DLC map packs installed

Having any DLC map pack installed except for the free Atlas Gorge multiplayer map DLC, will prevent CoD:AW MP from matching you with anyone that does not have the exact same combination of map packs installed. It will not fall-back to DLC-less matchmaking if it cannot find any such players. For some reason, Activision apparently intended this.[6]
This will result in a loop of Searching for available games → No games found.
This issue affects most new players, since the default (Gold) edition of Advanced Warfare sold on Steam comes with the Havoc map pack pre-installed.
Workarounds[citation needed]

Workaround which allows you to keep DLC installed: Only the built in matchmaking is broken, you can still join games using Steam's "Join Game" functionality. If you manage to party up with someone without DLC, this will result in matchmaking working for both of you, since if one player in the session does not have DLC, it will put whole party into matchmaking with people who don't have it either (which is not bugged). How to find active players:

  1. There's Steam Groups for Advanced Warfare. Just join all the AW Groups in this link: and also join the chat for all of them (Join Chat button is at the top right for each Group)
  2. This way you can quickly see if other players in the Group are online using Friends & Chat (bottom right of the Steam window)
  3. There is also a forum topic with almost 2000 replies at Go in reverse chronological order and add everyone that posts there.
  4. Then you can join their matches using your friends list.

Another workaround:

  1. Uninstall all DLC except for the free Atlas Gorge map
  2. Play a few matches. This will fill up the Recent Players list which you can find by pressing F1 on the multiplayer main screen.
  3. Click the recent players one by one and click Friend Request
  4. This will allow you to see when they are in a CoD AW multiplayer session, and join it without going through matchmaking
  5. Re-install the DLC, if you want.

Multiplayer mouse acceleration

Some users have reported mouse acceleration, which can be fixed by an .ini edit[7]
Edit the multiplayer config file[citation needed]
  1. First of all you need to locate your COD:AW MP Config file. This can be found at
  2. Steam\steamspps\common\Call Of Duty Advance Warfare\players2\config_mp.cfg.
  3. Change these 3 inputs to "0"
  4. cl_mouseAccel "0" (should be 0 by default)
  5. cl_pitchspeed "0" (Default 140)
  6. cl_yawspeed "0" (Default 140)
  7. Save. (if you notice that the game is resetting this file, right click the config_mp.cfg file and go into properties > Click on "Read Only" and apply.)

Low resolution assets

Fix impact.
Fix impact.
Disable shadow caching[citation needed]

Shadow caching options require a large amount of video memory (At least 4 GB according to the description in the options menu), prioritizing shadow maps over textures, leaving you with very low resolution assets regardless of your texture settings.

  1. Go to the main menu and click Campaign. Press Space to enter the options.
  2. Click Video Options, then Advanced Video and scroll down to Shadow Options.
  3. Under Shadow Options, disable Cache Sun Shadow Maps and Cache Spot Shadow Maps.
  4. Apply settings.

Stuttering during cutscenes

Run the game in borderless windowed mode[citation needed]

Running the game in borderless windowed mode will reduce stuttering during cutscenes, though there will still be slight hiccups from time to time, due to the game loading in the background.

  1. Go to the main menu and click Campaign. Press Space to enter the options.
  2. Click Video Options.
  3. Toggle Display Mode to Windowed (No Border).
  4. Apply settings.


Players have reported smoother gameplay in addition to cutscenes when turning on Sync Every Frame in conjunction with Windowed (No Border).

Sync Every Frame is found under Advanced Video Options in the Video Options. Toggle the option to say Yes, then apply the settings.

Dead bodies stuck in strange poses

Enable Ragdoll[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\players2
  2. Edit config.cfg
  3. Search for seta ragdoll_enable "0"
  4. Change to seta ragdoll_enable "1"

"Couldn't write a file. Hard drive is probably full." error

Run the game as administrator[8][citation needed]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.992c
Multiplayer Demonware, Steamworks

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-530
AMD Phenom II X4 810
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 55 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTS 450
ATI Radeon HD 5870
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/209650/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (209650) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.