At a press conference yesterday Donald Trump announced the successful delivery of F-52 and F-35 fighter jets to Norway, marking what was perhaps a momentary confusion from Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and his audience. Because while the F-35 fighter jet is indeed a real piece of military hardware, the F-52 is not — unless you happen to be playing 2014’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The fictional plane does, in fact, make an appearance in the “Throttle” mission, which has the player flying the jet down a tight canyon to attack a rogue PMC bent on conquering the world.
“In November we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets,” Trump said. “We have a total of 52 and they’ve delivered a number of them already a little ahead of schedule.”
As the Washington Post notes, it seems less likely that this was a hidden reference to Call of Duty and more likely that Trump conflated the number of planes with the “F” designation used for fighter jets. The White House Press Office did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.
Advanced Warfare was a largely successful if not entirely remarkable entry in Call of Duty’s near-future series. It featured some interesting abilities stemming from the exosuits that formed the basis of its combat system, and at the time it garnered widespread attention for a performance by the now-disgraced Kevin Spacey as the main antagonist. It marked the continuation of a less-than-popular sci-fi direction that the series continued to take for two games after that, however, and it wasn’t until last year’s Call of Duty: WW2 that the series managed to reverse a downward sales trend by returning to the franchise’ roots.
While it seems unlikely that the President is a secret gamer, I do have it on good authority that President Obama used to play Words With Friends under an anonymous handle. In another strange confluence of gaming news and politics, the Mirror reports that Solberg was photographed playing Pokémon GO before the meeting.
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