The next-generation of multiplayer gaming is here. Activision, developer Infinity Ward and Xbox gave fans a sneak peek into the all-new "Call of Duty: Ghosts" multiplayer, which delivers a new online experience. The new title features dynamic map events, new tactical player movements, a visually stunning world, an arsenal of new weapons, killstreaks, maps and game modes, an all-new second screen experience and the ability to transport your profile across console generations.
"'Call of Duty: Ghosts' continues the tradition of unrivaled gameplay and innovation that has made 'Call of Duty' one of the most engaging entertainment experiences in the world played by more than 100 million fans," said Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg.
The game's customization includes the all-new Create-a-Soldier system, in which players can customize their various weapon loadouts and, for the first time in the series, the physical appearance of their soldier.
The customization continues as players create an entire squad of up to 10 unique soldiers which can be customized down to their appearance, perks, loadouts and style of play. In addition, each custom squad member earns XP toward Prestige and can also be modified to specialize in various combat classes and across multiple game modes, allowing more flexibility and depth for gamers than ever before.
Players of all skill levels can take their squad of soldiers into the all-new third mode of play called Squads, where they can enlist to play solo, cooperatively up to 6-players or competitively for squad-to-squad matches. Squads features a variety of play-types, allowing fans at any time to swap-out their custom A.I. soldiers with real friends for quick-action co-op. The competition can be fierce as squad soldiers display lifelike tactics and behaviors like side-strafing, corner-camping, jump-shooting and more. Players, plus their squads, will earn XP, and if you're offline, be prepared as your squad may get challenged for play without you.
"This is the biggest overhaul of multiplayer since the original 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare,'" said Mark Rubin, executive producer at Infinity Ward. "Player-triggered traps and events allow gamers to strategically redirect the course of battle, including the ability to call-in a map-changing killstreak, which can completely transform or modify the map delivering new levels of strategy and gameplay.
Players can also now take the game anywhere, utilizing their "Call of Duty Elite" account, which allows for profile change updates between Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. This means that when players are ready to upgrade their current gen console to the next gen version, all of their "Call of Duty: Ghosts" stats, unlocks and more will seamlessly go with them and be ready and waiting. For players who don't yet have an account, they can simply sign-up for free in-game or on the Web.
The all-new "Call of Duty" App gives players a second screen mobile and tablet experience designed to work hand-in-hand with both current gen and next gen versions. Created by Beachhead Studio in collaboration with Infinity Ward, the app gives a new dimension to "Ghosts" by allowing fans to stay connected to the console experience wherever they go. Players can edit their entire squad pre-match, have one-touch access to change loadouts for their next spawn as well as view and share after-action results with friends on Facebook and Twitter, and more. The app is fully integrated with the console game and will launch alongside it this November.
Activision unveiled "Ghosts" along with a sweeping list of extras during the world premiere, which included: the Season Pass, which includes four epic DLC Map Packs for one discounted price; two Collector's Editions (now available for pre-order) that come with either a Collectible Steelbook and Paracord Strap or the "CoD" Tactical Camera, a full HD 1080p wearable camera; and the "Call of Duty" Championship, presented by Xbox.
Activision punctuated the broadcast reveal as several of the most acclaimed professional "Call of Duty" players and a collection of U.S. Marines took to the stage for a live exhibition match. Activision also revealed how fans can continue to support the Call of Duty Endowment, a nonprofit organization that funds efforts to place veterans into high quality jobs. Starting Nov. 5, fans can purchase limited-edition dog tags for a suggested retail price of $4.99 at participating retailers, and 100 percent of the profits will go toward the Endowment and its mission.
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Preview: 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'
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