Call of Duty: Ghosts to get second-screen multiplayer features

Companion app to add new multiplayer features; developer wary of not giving players an unfair advantage.

Second-screen support will add key multiplayer features to Call of Duty: Ghosts, executive producer Mark Rubin has confirmed in an interview with Post Arcade.

The additional functionality is being built by Activision's sister team, Beachhead Studio, and while Rubin did not discuss specifics, he did confirm that the development team is wary of keeping the playing field level to avoid giving those who can afford a second-screen device an unfair advantage on the battlefield.

"We actually have a whole department--a whole studio, basically--wrapped around the idea of second screen. Our Beachhead group is doing a lot of work there. But a lot of it ties into multiplayer, and I can’t talk too much about it now," he said.

While Activision’s Elite platform originally launched as a paid service, before later becoming free, Rubin confirmed that Call of Duty players will not need to pay for an application to integrate their mobile experience with their home console; nor will it be monetised.

“It’s free. And this is where you have to be smart on your design: You can’t make it required, and it can’t confer a massive advantage,” Rubin said. “There’s some balancing that needs to be done. You don’t want it so the guy with an iPad has an advantage over other players in multiplayer just because he has the money to buy an iPad.

"But it will definitely be free, and it will be a companion. It won’t be a revenue generator. It will be used to enhance the experience, but not offer any advantages,” he said.

The executive also confirmed that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game will look near identical, are being developed in-house by the same Infinity Ward team, and that players who opt not to purchase Microsoft and Sony's new systems won’t be left behind, saying, "the current-gen version is getting some graphical boosts and engine improvements, too."

Call of Duty: Ghosts will be available on November 5 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PS4, and PC. Activision recently confirmed that fans who pre-order the game will receive a bonus multiplayer map, Free Fall, which takes place on a collapsing skyscraper.

Written By

Want the latest news about Call of Duty: Ghosts?

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Discussion

129 comments
ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

Unfair advantages? Oh you mean like clanned up parties spawn trapping randoms essentially boosting? Oh but of course, lets see what the experts at unfair advantages do here...

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

Balance in a COD game?! COD 4 was balanced followed by BO, and even BO had some balancing issues. The rest were a complete mess.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I thought it meant that you could hook up a second screen to play coop instead of doing split screen. That'd be amazing!

llsinister84ll
llsinister84ll

hahaha I can't wait when they finaly realize that they milked their fans and we finally got tired of it and no one buys their recycled garbage cuz we will all be playing other awesomely epic games!!!! Cod ur days are numbered!!! Muahahahaha!!!!

billnye69
billnye69

How is second screen going to be an advantage? In fast paced shooters, you take your eyes off the main screen and your dead.....I mean, I get killed every time I look away when someone texts me. 

Marky360
Marky360

Oh boy here we go again. First Nintendo released the Wii with its new motion controls and no one wanted anything to do with it then Micro and Sony released there version of Motion control and suddnenly every game was geared toward Motion yet still no one wanted to devlope on Wii despite the fact that Sony's motion control scheme was identical to Nintendo's. Now Nintendo goes and releases a console with a Touch Screen for a controller touting there 2nd screen experience and yet again no body wants to release games on it then Sony and Micro go and follow suit and make half-assed versions of what Nintendo's doin and suddenly everybodies making 2nd screen experiences for there games while still giving Nintendo the shaft.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

I don't care what these people think ...I'm going to get this....Oh wait its not battlefield ....well nevermind then.

dummpymonkey123
dummpymonkey123

Another ploy on the Wii u game-pad but I'm all for evolving the experience so long as it's done right

leigham
leigham

llol they copying the division

shadowscreed
shadowscreed

I guess there talking about cellphone or something. it sounds like a waste of time and not enough information about it. but you know its news. we will be waiting to hear more about this app.

thetravman
thetravman

Do they mean the 2 screen play that is currently possible in Black Ops 2 for Wii U? That was the most innovative feature I seen coming from the Wii U.

02050muh
02050muh

so......what's the point?

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Nothing wrong with second-screen capabilities.. But there are plenty of things wrong with the way they've promoted this game so far

F0110WER
F0110WER

Daaaamn, is there really that many COD haters out there? Sure can't tell from the number of copies they sell...

UndeadBeazt
UndeadBeazt

The only reason i buy COD nowdays is for the singleplayer.

And the only CoD i really enjoyed playing multiplayer on is CoD 4 :)

Daian
Daian

So they're "borrowing" Battlefield 4s Commander mode, leave it to Activision's CoD to never have an original thought.

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

I take it you can call in killstreaks like airstrikes and missiles on an ipad. Don't expect anything particularly interesting or original from Activision.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

It would be nice if a military shooter had this feature as a Commander mode...


Oh wait...

arqe
arqe

Careful ! No one can look away now !!!

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Sooooo they class PC as current-gen? Idiots.

Pest174
Pest174

@hellangel_boy Mind elaborating why you feel BO is more balanced the other games in the franchise? You're not the first to write this, and I still don't understand why it's so. 

mantisLJD
mantisLJD

@jrabbit99You can probably do that in the Wii U version of Ghosts via the Wii U Gamepad just like in the Wii U version of Black Ops 2!

foxrock66
foxrock66

@F0110WER Sadly the uninformed parents and twelve year-olds outnumber the haters and smart consumers

19James89
19James89

@UndeadBeazt Even the Call of Duty campaigns aren't worth playing. They're so bad it's unbelievable and they're getting worse with every annual edition of the franchise.

destemido
destemido

@Daian Actually they are both "borrowing" from Savage: The Battle for Newerth

19James89
19James89

@Daian In fairness, there's not much originality left in the FPS genre. Once you've played one FPS you've played them all as far as I'm concerned. The only stand out one for me is Bioshock.

iZeromus
iZeromus

@DarkSaber2k Well it only makes sense now since you'll be able to upgrade the PS4 like a PC...

edviges
edviges

@DarkSaber2k yes. always. it's like some sort of rule or something... a standard procedure. never understand why. Maybe the sales...

F0110WER
F0110WER

@foxrock66 @F0110WER I'm not 12 and I still like COD better than BF. The action and game play in BF feels so slow compared to COD and I hate the feel of the controls. Also, the maps are too big imo and I don't care about destructible buildings and driving vehicles. When I play a shooter I like to run n gun. If I want to drive a vehicle well....that's what racing games are for. There's plenty wrong with COD but BF fanboys need to admit that there's plenty wrong with BF as well. Step 1: stop bitching about COD and/or BF. Step 2: buy which ever game you want, its your choice. Step 3: shut the fuck up and play the damn game.

UndeadBeazt
UndeadBeazt

@santinegrete @UndeadBeazt In my opinion its one of the better ones. for example you can make choises in the game that will impact the ending. you can for example in the game make a choose to play as the bad guy and your actions with this guy will effect the ending. There are also strike force missins where you control units from the sky and commands them to for example take over a designated target. And you can ofcourse choose to play as one of the troops.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

@19James89 @UndeadBeazt  

BLOPS2 has the worst single player story I have ever seen. I didn't know where I was or the purpose before cutting back to some old guy in a wheelchair cussing a lot.

realiamnot
realiamnot

@19James89 I found that Metro 2033 and Last Light felt slightly different from most FPS.

Daian
Daian

@Petman8246 I think he's hinting at Battlefield 4 having this. Activision is just "borrowing" this idea.

UndeadBeazt
UndeadBeazt

@YearoftheSnake5 @19James89 @UndeadBeazt Ofcourse I find CoD singleplayer quite bad, but im a big fan of shooting/military games and i have played most of them and i get kinda bored at times and thats why i buy the CoD games. even if it is quite a bad singleplayer you can still kill people and it is a time waster.

19James89
19James89

@YearoftheSnake5 It was akin to watching a film with some interactive elements. MW3 was just a rehash of MW2 and the Makarov ending was the worst ending of game I have played, well that was until Assassin's Creed 3 arrived and people wonder why I have opted for a Wii U over everything else.