Call of Duty: Black Ops III Plagued by Performance Problems

Call of Duty: Black Ops III has finally been released and early reports suggest it’s a technical mess on PC. A large number of the Steam Reviews describe the latest COD entry as “unoptimized” which struggles to achieve a smooth frame-rate. Unfortunately, it seems the game is marred by stuttering, sudden frame drops and micro-stutter. Even on top-tier hardware, the performance is atrocious and should be avoided until patches are released to help rectify these major problems:

The general consensus is remarkably similar to early testing conducted by TechPowerUp which indicates the game utilizes a ridiculous amount of system memory and VRAM. During their initial benchmarks, a GTX 980 Ti was monitored and almost used 6GB VRAM under load, and system RAM reached a maximum utilization of 12GB. Even more concerning, when the GPU was swapped with a Titan X, the engine started to increase the VRAM usage up to 8GB. Apparently, the game runs much smoother on a GTX Titan X compared to the 980 TI which can only be a result of memory differences.

This is extremely disappointing as a spokesperson prior to release discussed improved mouse controls, a GPU bound-engine and low CPU overheads. Clearly, this isn’t an accurate reflection as people are experiencing major problems on lower threaded CPUs. An official statement reads:

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is the perfect example of why you should be very suspicious when pre-ordering video games.

Mod Support and Mapping Coming to COD Black Ops III PC

The Call of Duty franchise gained notoriety for its incredibly popular multiplayer modes which feature fluid and accessible gunplay. Since the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, PC gamers have experienced a number of poor ports due to a low FOV, and hazy graphics. However, it seems Treyarch are trying to instill confidence in this years installment and will implement modding and mapping in 2016. The official statement reads:

“Over the years, the Call of Duty® community has proven itself to be among the most passionate in the world – and we count ourselves fortunate to make games for you.

We’ve been listening to one of your top requests and are excited to announce that modding and mapping are coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 PC!

We’ve still got a lot of work left to do, but here’s our current plan:

  • You will be able to create Maps & Game Modes and more!
  • We will include Unranked Dedicated Server Files with the tools so you can run servers with modded content anywhere you choose.
  • We will provide an Unranked Server Browser so you can easily find and join servers with modded content.
  • Closed Alpha target date:  March 2016

Please remember that this is software development, so things don’t always work out exactly as planned.  Sometimes features slip or drop off altogether, sometimes they get replaced with other, more awesome features as we hit into limitations of our original plans.

There is much more news to come including updates on Open Beta timing.  In order to keep you informed, we’ll periodically publish developer blog posts to share our progress with our fans. Stay tuned to the Treyarch blog for more information.

And yes, this is for real.

Sincerely,

Cesar Stastny

Director of Development”

This is a rather surprising announcement and I’m pleased to see the Call of Duty franchise support modding. Traditionally, this hasn’t been the case as Activision focused on locking the core experience. This was probably done to make each sequel appear more enticing. While I’m not an avid multiplayer gamer, the concept of modding and user-created maps, should add a great deal of replay value.

COD Black Ops III Single Player Not Coming to PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360

Activision has announced in a community post, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops III will not include the single player campaign. This decision was made due to the last-generation consoles technical limitations. However, Activision didn’t delve into great deal what caused the setbacks and simply said:

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a truly next-generation experience designed from day one to harness the full potential of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Black Ops 3 pushes the boundaries of the franchise to new levels across all modes of play on next generation hardware.”

“As we announced back in June, we know that there are still fans waiting to make the switch to the newest console hardware and developers Beenox and Mercenary Technology have been working tirelessly to bring as much of the Black Ops 3 gameplay as possible to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.”

“The Black Ops 3 PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will feature Multiplayer and Zombies gameplay only, not Campaign. The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player coop Campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware.”

One theory is, the Xbox 360 uses DVD-9 disks  which doesn’t contain adequate storage for large voice files and video cutscenes. Obviously, Activision could have used multiple disks and forced users to install the game. Clearly, Call of Duty players obsess on the multiplayer aspect and rarely play the single player campaign. Furthermore, the game will include the highly-popular zombies mode. Therefore, it does seem like the only mode being omitted is with large audio/video files. Honestly, I’m sure Activision could have found a solution but probably believes the time investment wasn’t worth it.

The news is a shame for those on last-generation consoles who enjoy the single player aspect. However, this is a very niche sector of the market.

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Activision Releases Downton Abbey Game

Activision, the studio behind the Call of Duty series has released a quirky, hidden object game based on ITV’s period drama, Downton Abbey. This seems like a complete world away from Activision’s usual endeavours but perhaps, there’s a scope for financial success given the TV programme’s worldwide appeal. In Downton Abbey: Mysteries of the Manor, you have to investigate a shocking burglary which occurred in your absence. Additionally, can you find all of the Crawley family’s lost trinkets? The gameplay revolves around talking to characters and earning their trust to divulge clues.

In a similar vein to other hidden object games, a large proportion of your time is spent hunting around the landscape. Here is a brief taste of what you can expect in Activision’s own words:

“Returning items to their rightful owners is a good way to earn the trust of the estate’s residents, and it will lay foundation for the abbey’s eventual restoration,”

“But choose your friends wisely. In a place where everyone has something to hide, discretion is always important.”

Downton Abbey: Mysteries of the Manor is now available on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire. The game adopts a free-to-play business model so expect heavy advertising or in-app purchases. I do find it rather amusing that the studio behind the most heavily publicized first-person-shooter can also create something so timid. Call of Duty’s player base is synonymous with terrible behaviour and petty insults. Despite this, it’s interesting to see Activision moving into different genres.

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information.

Call of Duty Player Wows With Rendition of Coldplay’s Fix You

In theory, online gaming is a marvellous invention but can be marred by people eating, shouting abuse or constantly talking. While I’ve heard some extraordinary tales over the years, few come close to matching an unknown COD player reciting Coldplay’s “Fix You” in the heat of battle. Obviously, the user was unaware he was broadcasting to the entire lobby and began to sing without any hesitation.

While the COD player isn’t a vocal genius, the rendition is surprisingly decent and fits the gameplay rather well. The song’s depressing, minor tone emphasizes the horrors of war and macabre setting which Call of Duty is known for. However, I’m guessing other users in the lobby during this moment were less than impressed and pressed the mute button. The lesson here is to always setup your microphone as push-to-talk.

Granted, the video is quite old, but has only just come under my radar. I’d be interested to hear your first-hand experiences of people’s behaviour in online games. One example which I will always remember occurred during an online race in Need For Speed Hot Pursuit. Two members in the lobby decided to publicly review every racing game in the past 5 years and weigh up the pros and cons. It was an interesting tale, and something I never expected.

Teaser for “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3” Drops

Another year, another Call of Duty to add to the franchise and this year it is the third installment of Black Ops. The game is being made by Treyarch, the studio who worked on the original Black Ops installment.

The teaser trailer showed up on YouTube today and the Call of Duty fans are getting very excited. The world reveal of Black Ops 3 is April 26th as stated in the ending of the teaser. For the COD fans out there you will have to impatiently wait until then for any more information. Though with Treyarch at the helm of this game there is a good chance that you will be happy with what they bring out. Right now it seems that everyone is getting excited for the zombies, which should come if this game follows the same path as the previous games.

Source: Call of Duty

Parents Will Be Reported by Head Teachers If Their Children Play GTA or COD

British parents are now in danger of being reported to the police and social services if they let their children play videos games not suited for their age, specifically mentioned, were games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.

A letter sent by a group of schools in Cheshire raised concerns about the “levels of violence and sexual content” young people are being exposed to by playing games such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto which have a PEGI 18 classification. If teachers are made aware of children playing these games then they will contact police and social services.

The fear is that the games violent content could lead to children being left more vulnerable to grooming and abuse. The letter goes further than video games and also recommends that children don’t use Facebook or Whatsapp, but rather other social platforms geared for their generation and not adults.

The letter is clearly a result of the pressure put on teachers and social workers by David Camerons announcement that they could face up to five years in prison if they don’t speak out about suspicions of children that are being neglected or abused. Headteacher Mary Hennessy Jones, who helped draft the letter, told the Sunday Times: “We are trying to help parents to keep their children as safe as possible in this digital era.”

The message from Nantwich Education Partnership has however been criticised by parents as going too far by threatening parents rather than helping them. Margaret Morrissey, of Parents Outloud, told the newspaper: “Accepting the huge concerns about these violent games and their effect on children, I think the schools are stepping outside the realm of what is probably acceptable.”

Thanks to DailyMail for providing us with this information

Win a Share of a $1M Purse Playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

This coming March, the third annual Call of Duty Championship begins in Los Angeles, offering the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players to compete for a share of a $1 million prize purse, Activision announced today.

The tournament, hosted by Activision, Sledgehammer, and Xbox, in partnership with Major League Gaming, will take place between 27th and 29th March, and will be broadcast live over Xbox Live.

Michael Condrey, Co-founder and Studio Head of Sledgehammer Games, said in a statement: “From Day 1, the team at Sledgehammer Games set out to bring a new way to play Call of Duty multiplayer to fans. We couldn’t be more thrilled of how the competitive community has embraced and mastered the new player movements and game modes of Advanced Warfare.”

“This is poised to be one of the most exciting Call of Duty competitive seasons with the Call of Duty Championship being one of the best eSports tournaments of the year.”

Regional qualifiers across every continent begin on Xbox One in February, running through to early March, with the regional finals being broadcast on MLG.tv and other broadcast partners.

Any interested parties should read the official rules and regulations to check that they meet the qualification requirements.

Source: Polygon

Call of Duty Video Game Franchise Tops $10 Billion in Global Sales

The Call of Duty video game franchise has topped $10 billion in global sales, Activision proudly boasted, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the biggest game title, movie, or book launch of the entire year.

Advanced Warfare also is the highest-selling digital launch in game console history, according to Activision’s internal estimates. Considering the extremely high level of anticipation for the title, including months of marketing efforts, it wouldn’t be too surprising if the news is true.

Here is what Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said in a statement:

“We poured our hearts into making Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare an epic ride, and we are pleased with the performance. Sales and engagement are up through the first week compared to last year. Season Pass sales are up, as well. The game has been very positively reviewed and the response from fans has been tremendous. We believe Advanced Warfare will be the most successful game of the year and we thank our fans for making it the biggest entertainment launch of the year.”

Video games have evolved into a major business, raking in billions of dollars in sales, especially with the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4. However, PC gaming is far from dead, with PC gamers also enjoying hours of fun, forking over cash for the latest generation of video games.

Thank you to Activision for providing us with this information

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COD: Advanced Warfare Sales Teabag Titanfall, Destiny Sales… Combined

With the original Call of Duty title being released back in October 2003, the series has seen many fans come and go, many haters surface and many different studios working on the projects as a whole. But there’s one thing for certain – its always going to sell copies.

Recent news has come to light that the latest release, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, has sold more copies than Titanfall, Destiny and Wolfenstein combined. This news couples the fact that it is outselling the previous version – Call of Duty: Ghosts. In only its first week of sales, it’s able to topple Titanfall and Destiny combined, which is surprising given the massive amount of production and marketing budgets that were thrown into these two games – this isn’t even taking into account the consumer backlash for these games either, we’re only looking at week one sales!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a continued installment in the CoD series, this installment see’s you as a soldier of the future, donning an exoskeleton and short range jet pack propulsion system enabling you to jump at greater heights. As #pcgamingmasterrace reports go, many people I’ve talked to have confirmed the game is quite fun as a shoot ’em up – seeing this game not get the full “cod is always bad” stigma that is common amongst competitive and hooked casual Counter Strike and Battlefield players.

All of this information still doesn’t change the fact that Call of Duty is going to set you back $50+ US for a copy, when compared to other popular competitive FPS titles like Counter Strike: Global Offensive sitting at under $20 US. Is the higher price something that you’re concerned about personally as a gamer? Or does the inclusion of single player make up for the fact?

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Compared on PS4, Xbox One and PC

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is one of the biggest selling titles of the year, but which platform will be the stand out when it comes to graphics?

What am I saying… we all know it’s the PC, but we still like to see how the Xbox One and PS4 versions stack up against the #pcmasterrace, right? The videos below compare the PS4 against the Xbox One, the Xbox One versus PC, PS4 vs PC, and finally one that tackles the frame rate of the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game.

Next up, we have the Xbox One versus the PC.

Below, we have the PS4 versus the PC.

And if you’re here to see the battle between the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, here you have it!

So there you have it, a full comparison between both of the now current-gen consoles and the PC. The Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is running at 1360×1080, while the PS4 runs at 1080p. The PC version, scales right up to 4K and multi-monitor setups, so you’ll have no limitations there, except for the weird 91FPS maximum on PC – thanks, Sledgehammer.

Source: Kotaku.

 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Pro Edition Will Set You Back $120

Brace yourself, $120 for 1 game, never in a million years, this is when publishers like to take the p*ss in my opinion, what you get is a load of digital content and 2 things that are actually physical.

Here is the full list of content you’ll receive if you buy this hideously overpriced package:

Season Pass
Atlas Gorge Bonus Multiplayer Map: A re-imagined Pipeline map from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
Atlas Digital Content Pack: Customized gear inspired by the Atlas Corporation:*Bal-27 AE Assault Rifle – A custom Atlas designed rifle
Atlas 45 AE Pistol – A custom Atlas designed pistol
Atlas Exoskeleton – A white, red and black Atlas exoskeleton
Atlas Helmet – A custom Atlas helmet
Atlas Player Card: A custom Atlas calling card and emblem
5 Bonus Supply Drops: Customized gear and weapons.
Single Player Exoskeleton Upgrade Token: A token for an extra upgrade/perk for your exoskeleton in the campaign
Official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Soundtrack: A digital copy of the game score by Harry Gregson-Williams and music by Audiomachine.

Now some of you may be thinking, wow I get the season pass too which is usually $60 so that means I’m saving money, you’re right but I always wait until I see at least 1 trailer for a DLC pack before I even consider buying the Season Pass, you never know, it might be awful.

All in all I think this package is a little ridiculous, tons of digital content, next to no physical content. If this edition came with a little model or something like that then it would be worth $120 but all digital content that hardly alters the way the game plays is not worth it.

Will you be picking this edition up or are you looking for a cheaper way to play the latest titles?

Thanks to Tweaktown for supplying us with this information.

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Kevin Spacey Featured In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Reveal Trailer

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The latest Call of Duty reveal trailer is here and while it’s not exactly a long wait between CoD release dates, I’m sure there are many of you who have been eager for the latest push in the series to hit the new generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft, and let’s not forget about the PCMasterRace wanting their fix too.

The game looks like it borrows from the concept of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, focusing on PMC’s (Private Military Corporation) battling it out in smaller conflicts, guns for hire and other futuristic war scenarios. An interesting plot element is that one of the PMC’s is run by none other than Kevin Spacey, lending his image and acting prowess to one of the games lead roles.

The game is making a big leap in battlefield technology too, futuristic weapons are everywhere in the trailer, hover bikes, exo-suits, cloaking helicopters… pretty much all the cool tech from recent blockbuster movies and other successful video game shooters of the last couple of years, it’s all tried and tested stuff, but still looks like a nice refresh for the series.

The game is set for release on November 4th, so still a good while to wait yet. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Thank you OutsideXbox for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Polygon.

Kim Dotcom Reaches #1 On The Call of Duty: Ghosts Leaderboard

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the now shutdown Megaupload (MU), has hit the top of the Call of Duty leader board for the second time. Previously when the third edition of Activision’s Modern Warfare series was released, Kim Dotcom hit number 1 on the leader board for score within a few weeks and vigorously defended his title through the next year until the next game was released.

Kit Dotcom released a picture via Twitter taken by himself of the new Call of Duty: Ghosts leader board, showing him at number 1. His KD/R (kill death ratio) isn’t that impressive and may be slightly dwindled by the fact that Dotcom had to endure a 20 hour marathon session of the game before hitting number 1.

The only way that Dotcom could have possibly reached number 1 without an impressively (and almost hacker-esque) KD/R is by constantly playing the objective and utilising Call of Duty: Ghost’s score streaks to build up his points per game, meaning that even though he may not be able to play a competitive level, he’s an amazing team player and can actually aim whilst doing so.

It should be noted that Dotcom could easily be beaten in a communicated team game due to his degree of skill compared to professional players, but he’s still an amazing team mate to have in your lobby and you should be proud to guard him as he sprints for those flags!

Have you tried the COD: Ghosts? How was your experience? Let us know in the comment section below!

Thanks to KitGuru for the information and image!

New Downloadable Bonus Map for Call Of Duty Ghosts Pre-Orders

Call of Duty: Ghosts is due to hit retail on November 5th bringing with it an all-new pre-order incentive for the games multiplayer mode. Available exclusively at GAME in the UK and Gamestop in Ireland, fans that pre-order the game will receive the Free Fall downloadable bonus map that features the new dynamic map event mechanic, included with their copy of the game at launch. Free Fall ushers in the first details on how players will encounter the changing environments in the leading multiplayer experience on consoles.

As an example of just one of Call of Duty: Ghosts’ new dynamic map events, Free Fall drops players into a shattered skyscraper on the brink of collapse. Sideways staircases climb into the night sky, elevator shafts run along the ground, and what were once windows now form a terrifying glass floor, hundreds of feet above the city streets. Free Fall’s close-quarters combat and frenetic action are then thrown into overdrive as the ruined skyscraper continues to fall throughout the match. With every drop, the accompanying shockwaves cause further destruction, disrupting sightlines and constantly evolving paths and chokepoints as the map changes in real-time.

“Dynamic map events change the way players approach the game, and Free Fall does a great job illustrating this new mechanic,” said Mark Rubin, executive producer at Infinity Ward. “As the match progresses, the geometry of the world continues to change and players need to adjust on the fly or else. It’s a really fun new feature that adds layers of strategy and constantly evolving gameplay options for players. And this is just one of the many new approaches we’re putting into Ghosts’ multiplayer across the board. There’s so much more that we look forward to sharing in the weeks to come.”

Thank you CoD for providing us with this information.

Black Ops II Vengeance DLC To Be Available From July 2nd

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance is available first, exclusively on the Xbox Live beginning July 2nd. Vengeance, the game’s third DLC pack from Activision and Treyarch, takes players to four diverse locations around the globe, including a deserted tropical island, a destroyed suspension bridge, an abandoned paintball course and the jungles of Myanmar. Vengeance also serves up a new addition to the game’s esteemed Zombies experience with “Buried,” where the undead residents of an abandoned subterranean Old West mining town have come back to claim their home.

“When it’s difficult to see the line between playtesting and leisurely gaming around the studio, it’s a sure sign that we’ve created something fun with Vengeance,” said Mark Lamia, Studio Head of Treyarch . “ From the four multiplayer maps to our new Zombies experience, “Buried,” Vengeance continues doing what we set out to accomplish from the very beginning of development on Call of Duty: Black Ops II: pushing the boundaries of fans’ expectations.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance delivers four new, diverse multiplayer maps starting with “Cove,” where the stage is set for all-out conflict on this small, forgotten island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with players battling it out amongst the wreckage of a jet that crash-landed during a smuggling operation gone wrong. Next up is “Detour,” a destroyed suspension bridge, high above an East Coast waterway, packed with scattered vehicles, exposed iron and collapsed pavement where the head-to-head action will play out on multiple levels. The third map, “Rush,” sets the stage for fast, close-quarters engagements in this paintball course turned full-combat arena, giving players new opportunities and challenges to use the cover to their advantage. Rounding out Vengeance’s multiplayer maps is “Uplink.” In this re-imagined adaptation of the fan-favorite multiplayer map “Summit” from the original Call of Duty®: Black Ops, players clash deep in the rain-soaked jungles of Myanmar, high atop a hi-tech mountain facility.

Treyarch yet again expands the Zombies storyworld in new, mind-bending ways with “Buried.” Players meet up with old characters and will encounter new ones as they face off against the undead residents of an abandoned underground Old West mining town. A healthy arsenal of equipment and weapons that will be at players’ disposal, but with one very special addition – something so powerful it will also appear in all other Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies maps (with the purchase of Vengeance DLC): the Ray Gun Mark II.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance will be available first, exclusively on Xbox 360 for 1200 Microsoft Points on 2nd July, with other platforms to follow.

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Thank you CoD for providing us with this information.

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E3 Preview LIVE! Call of Duty Ghosts All Access

Are you ready for the Electronic Entertainment Expo also known as E3 in Los Angeles, California. E3 is presented by the Entertainment Software Association, an annual trade fair for the computer and video game industry. E3 is only open to the electronics industry, not the public.

This Year E3 will be held June 12-13, and they will have an extensive list of developers showing off their wares!

Today we get an awesome Kick-Starting E3 All Access Event Live Streaming, Call of Duty: Ghost, which is currently playing, starting at 11 A.M. PST. Getting to see some awesome gameplay, showing of Activision’s Call of Duty: Ghosts. As well as insider knowledge on the workings of this new first person shooter installment.

Check it out! #CODGHOSTS

Livestream event can be found HERE

There will be several events over the next couple days which include

  • Microsoft Press Conference – June 10th at 9:30am PST
  • EA Press Conference – June 10th at 1:00pm PST
  • Ubisoft Press Conference – June 10th at 3:00pm PST
  • Sony Press Conference – June 10th at 6:00pm PST

Sneak Peek Of Call of Duty: Ghosts Posted By Infinity Ward

Call of Duty: Ghosts is set to be one of the biggest games of the year both in terms of sales and in terms of hype, and sure that may be something that has been true of every Call of Duty game for years now, things simply don’t seem to by dying down any time soon.

Now I’m not a Call of Duty fan, I even know there is a lot of hate for the series these days, but we simply cannot ignore that this game will sell by the millions none the less and Infinity Ward know how to build a good hype with very little.

So here is that very little, a super short sneak peek of the new game that has been published on Vine, with the following message;

“Exclusive sneak peek from @InfinityWard of Call of Duty: Ghosts for our followers! RT to tell your friends where you’ll be on 5.21”

You can check out the video below or follow this link to the Vine post.

So, will you be submitting to the sales beast that is Call of Duty this year, or are you saving you hard earned cash for some of the other AAA game releases that will be hitting consoles and PC later this year? Or perhaps you’re holding out for next-gen? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Activision Officially Announces The Next-Gen Call of Duty With CoD: Ghosts

While I’m not the biggest CoD fan ever, ok in fact I don’t even like the series at all post Modern Warfare and that’s fine, there are plenty of other shooters on the market for people like me! Yet I’m not stupid and I simply can’t ignore what is likely to be one of this years most anticipated titles, followed by what will likely be one of this years biggest releases and that is the all new Call of Duty Ghosts and even as a bit of a CoD hater, this one could even get me interesting in the series once again.

Developed by Infinity Ward, the studio that created the original Call of Duty and the seminal Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, Call of Duty: Ghosts ushers in the next generation of the franchise.  The new title delivers a riveting all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting and cast of characters, all powered by a new, next generation Call of Duty engine that is said to redefine the series for the next generation, that’s right, CoD is finally confirmed for next-gen hardware!

“Infinity Ward set the gold standard for first-person action for a generation, and they’re going to do it again with Call of Duty: Ghosts,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “Ghosts delivers an all-new story, all-new characters, an all-new Call of Duty world, all powered by a next generation Call of Duty engine, which is a leap forward for the franchise.  Infinity Ward is going all-in to create the next generation of Call of Dutyworthy of the world’s greatest fans.”

“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,” said Mark Rubin, executive producer of developer Infinity Ward.  “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.”

To see an exclusive first look at Call of Duty: Ghosts tune in to Xbox: the Next Generation Revealed on 21st May at 6PM GMT on Xbox.com or Xbox LIVE for the debut of the all-new game from Infinity Ward.

“We are consistently thrilled with the overwhelming response received from critics and consumers alike to the Call of Duty series, which has firmly established its home on the Xbox 360 with the game’s largest and most engaged community,” said Don Mattrick, president of the interactive entertainment business at Microsoft.  “With Call of Duty: Ghosts, we have no doubt that our longtime partners, Activision and Infinity Ward, will raise the bar higher than ever before for this incredible franchise.”

“There’s no other video game property like Call of Duty.  It’s the biggest game franchise on the planet that has had some of the biggest game entertainment launches in history”, said Tony Bartel, president of GameStop. “We are very excited for the launch of Call of Duty: Ghosts, as we transition to next generation consoles.”

Call of Duty: Ghosts will release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on 5th November. The game is also due to be available for next-gen gaming systems such as the Xbox Next and PlayStation 4 but no official release date has been confirmed yet.