Call of Duty: Ghosts confirmed as cross-generational

Infinity Ward's upcoming shooter will release on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC November 5; next-gen versions also in the works; first-look taking place during Xbox 720 event May 21.

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The future of Call of Duty is coming into focus. Activision's Call of Duty: Ghosts will "raise the bar once again," ushering in the next generation of the franchise, according to the game's official announcement today.

After a week of teases and hints, Activision revealed the game today, slating the Infinity Ward-produced shooter to hit Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on November 5. No mention was made of a release for Wii U.

Versions of the game for unspecified next-generation consoles are also in the works, Activision said. It is not clear what differences there will be between the current- and next-generation iterations of Call of Duty: Ghosts.

According to other developers, making cross-generational games is ill-advised. The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red believes developing games for multiple console generations comes with compromises that can negatively affect gamers.

Call of Duty: Ghosts packs in an "all-new gameplay experience" built on a new story, setting, and cast of characters.

The game is powered by an unspecified next-generation engine that "redefines the series." Specific examples of how this will be achieved were not provided. According to Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin, making the rumored Modern Warfare 4 would have been the easy decision, but the studio decided to instead try something new.

"Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we're not resting on our laurels," Rubin said in a statement. "We saw the console transition as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter for Call of Duty. So we're building a new sub-brand, a new engine, and a lot of new ideas and experiences for our players. We can't wait to share them with our community."

A live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts is available below. More footage from the game will be shown during Microsoft's Xbox 720 event on May 21. This presentation will be broadcast on Xbox.com, Xbox Live, and Spike TV.

Microsoft and Activision have long been partners, with Call of Duty downloadable content for current-generation entries coming first to Xbox 360. It is not clear if this partnership will be extended for Microsoft's next console.

Activision may be heralding Call of Duty: Ghosts as the future of the series, but the company does not believe this game will outsell Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

"There is increased volatility this year due to the ongoing console transition, which makes predicting the future more challenging than during normal years in the cycle. For Call of Duty, consistent with our past practices, we are planning for the mainline release in Q4 to be down versus 2012," Activision Blizzard CFO Dennis Durkin said during a post-earnings conference call in February.

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Discussion

303 comments
sora141guy
sora141guy

i do have on complaint about cod : this time put in some viechles!

sora141guy
sora141guy

leave call of duty alone guys! they havent made a bad game so far. And now they even have a new engine and ghost is coming back!

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I decided a long time ago to stop feeding this beast that pumps out these games.  I want new ideas and concepts and COD isn't ever going to push those values anytime soon..

CeasdRedemption
CeasdRedemption

"Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4"... so we changed the name, it's okay now... And "expecting" or "dreading" a MW4? (Granted, I did like the MW games more than World at War, Black Ops. etc)

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

and the sad part of it 

it's still gonna sell more then any other game franchise out there :(...

Emoboii93
Emoboii93

Haven't bought Call of duty since 2009. Give it a rest.

Meta_Dragon
Meta_Dragon

Oh good! I was sooo worried that Call of Duty wasn't going to come out this year...again...


/Sarcasm

badman11226
badman11226

But Seriously i dont think you can milk the cow anymore.  All the milk is gone, its now just powder.  The Cow use to weight 400 pounds when the COD franchise started now it weight 100 pounds.  The cow is more anorexia than the Olsen twins.

badman11226
badman11226

Ha look at you clowns or noobs i already preorder Call of Duty: Ghosts 2.  Such simple minds, I already a year ahead of you simple creatures.

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

after the IW exodus they need a rebirth and call of duty needs a new story 4 the new cycle.

nisgos
nisgos

this is why bioshock infinite needed a multiplayer , player co-operation with the throwing health system and in skyline combat in multiplayer would have kicked cod in the balls

fluffy_puppy666
fluffy_puppy666

"rumored Modern Warfare 4 would have been the easy decision, but the studio decided to instead try something new."

 Oh my god, i can't believe they finally realised how repetitive they were with all those boring calladoody. I am a calladoody hater, but maybe i even buy this new calladoody if it is going to be decent.

OneSamTwoCups
OneSamTwoCups

Call of Duty: Ghosts: "New engine, same bullshit!"

rmartinezdl
rmartinezdl

the fact that the game will be released on current gen consoles, its obvious that the graphics  will keep sucking for the next 200 years.

Mvdforever
Mvdforever

As much as i would like to hate on this game and rage it i will admit this franchise is my guilty pleasure i find myself turning into a mindless zombie whenever i play the online mode. But i have to agree with most people the franchise as a whole is getting rather old, i hope with this new game they can freshen up the experience a bit^^.

RainIsMyDrug
RainIsMyDrug

We all know hater secretly enjoy the game.  

crkimbell
crkimbell

Can we all do something. Don't buy this game I can't trust infinity ward any more after MW3. Wait till prices drop considerably and pick up a discounted copy.

premier024
premier024

What a shocker....there is a new $60 map pack this year. Just like last year and the year before and the year before.

bmart970
bmart970

Feedbackula needs to come back, there will be some good comments here.

xChi3FtheB34sTx
xChi3FtheB34sTx

The fact that this is being developed by Infinity Ward doesn't leave me too optitimistic.

RAD_RADIO
RAD_RADIO

NEW ENGINE! FINALLY!

Put that dead horse that is QE3 to rest.

fun213james
fun213james

call of duty is a dieing franchise, even tho it sets records every release if you have read the news and heard the interviews. you will see that even the producers have predicted only a few more succesful games. Call of duty started with something great with cod 4 : modern warfare, but with each game released they get more distanced from the fan base, dont believe me check the forums over at cod and see how many are complaining about problems within the game. Activision and Treyarch are just milking the cow for all it is worth. they do not support the game unless it is a game breaker hack. but yet they claim full support. Really if they had full support then why have they let hackers take over such powerful classics as MW2 and Black ops. anyone who just blindly rushes out to throw money at Bobby Kotick deserves the anal leakage they get later from trying to play broken games. no i am not a Battlefield fan boy as some would say. i am just a gamer who is fed up with paying for something that is broken, recieves no support, and gets overrun with hackers, which in turn ruins gameplay for all. 

botsio
botsio

all those hating here are battlefield fanboys!shit scared COD ghosts will once again mar the chances of BF4!it also looks great!the campaign looks stronger this time round!hope it doesn't flatter to deceive like bf3 did with faultline!hope fishing in baku is not just to hype the game but it is what it is!or ghosts will wipe bf4 all over the floor! 

rushiosan
rushiosan

Not on Wii U? hahaha, now I"m starting to worry...

Gazdakka
Gazdakka

You haven't been "raising the bar" since Modern Warfare 2, Activision. In fact, the bar has fallen off its holdings and rolled off a cliff. It's a wonder you can make the same game every year and try to call it as such.

The_Audiophile
The_Audiophile

Oh no... this is gonna stir up some serious chaos. People are gonna be stabbing each other over next-gen console shortages this holiday season. GameStop stores everywhere will be riddled with blood.

kyle756
kyle756

seeing as how the last cross-generational games from launch only offered HD resolution as the noticable improvement for the next gen versions. what can they possibly offer this time around seeing as how HD resolution standards haven't changed. Cause we all know they aren't going to significantly boost the poly count, and the textures are just going to be slightly less compressed.

AlClemist
AlClemist

If we pre order do we get gold guns?:)

travo0159
travo0159

just wait for it guys "Pre-order the spooky ghost premium care package edition and get a super cool mask! Only $180"

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I don't know why they would release cross-generation. If I knew I was buying a brand new console, I would choose not to buy this on the previous console. Same goes the other way around. What I seriously won't do is buy it twice, especially not a bag of shit like this.

conspirethis
conspirethis

"According to other developers, making cross-generational games is ill-advised. The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red believes developing games for multiple console generations comes with compromises and negatively effects the game."

True but, Activision -- SHOULD be able to easily handle the expenses....should. But of course, even thought they easily could....that still doesn't change the fact that they could pump even more money and focus on just one gen to make the game even better.

CeasdRedemption
CeasdRedemption

@nisgos I agree, tomb raider gets multiplayer, yet a game where you ride on rollerails and "matrix the sh!t out of everything" wouldn't be good multiplayer? *shakes head sarcastically 

OneSamTwoCups
OneSamTwoCups

@RainIsMyDrug No, we don't. We have Battlefield to enjoy instead. But, you can keep sticking to your stupid perks, incompetent knifing, "maximum of 16 players a match", and "connection errors", while we enjoy jets, helicopters, tanks, fair knifing, and a maximum of 64 players a match.

DeliriumLP16
DeliriumLP16

@fun213james "Started with something great with cod 4.." So CoD, CoD2, and CoD3 mean nothing then right? To me the pre-Modern Warfare games were the best. The WWII set games were still intriguing and fun, not just recycled garbage.

Stonedwolfed
Stonedwolfed

@fun213james Just about the most successful franchise in gaming, by far and away the biggest draw online for the consoles, and it's "dying". Right. You can release a game, brand new, and inside a month the multiplayer is so dead you *can't* find a game. But COD? You can find games for them even for the 5-year-old MW. Tens of thousands playing even the oldest titles, millions playing the newest ones, and the map-packs are some of the most downloaded things on the console networks. Yeah. That's a "death" most companies would be happy with.

premier024
premier024

@fun213james CoD 4 was not were it became great, that was united offensive then it was crap for a few games then CoD 4 hit and it was good again. Its been going down hill since. the series  has serious ups and downs.

theexperience13
theexperience13

@fun213james Ive been off the CoD train since World at War. All the game has left is Zombies, and even that kinda sucks now (I played the Black Ops II version.) The game just gets worse every year and that's why I stopped wasting $60 every year

travo0159
travo0159

@botsio Just so we all understand what your implying, the "fishing in baku" gameplay trailer was just to hype the game, and you got that CoD campaign is gonna be stronger out of a trailer talking about masks. Is this correct?

thetravman
thetravman

@Dannystaples14 This is Activision we're talking about. Focusing solely on new hardware at this point is not profitable. Expect to see alot of cross-gen ports for a year until the new install bases grow.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@steve4123456789 Yeah but what is worse is that some people will actually fork the money over twice. I mean if you like the game fair enough buy it, but buying it twice is still taking the piss.

ferval100
ferval100

@RainIsMyDrug @OneSamTwoCups  Honestly. What's more fun though? Running around a small/medium sized arena shooting at one another? Or flying jets into tanks, or piloting a full helicopter raining down death with your buds or ripping around the MASSIVE maps in a jeep just fucking about????