Last week, I was able to catch a demo of the next installment of the biggest videogame series in the world, Call of Duty: Ghosts. Getting ready for a worldwide release on November 5th for all consoles (including next-gen!) is a daunting task for any developer, but Infinity Ward isn’t worried. They’ve changed everything for the better, and taken steps to make sure this is the best COD yet. Here’s how:
1. They Hired An Oscar Winner To Write The Script
If you’ve ever seen Traffic, Syriana, or NYPD Blue; you know quality. Stephen Gagan has either won or been nominated for Emmys, Academy Awards, Golden Globes and even BAFTAs for his writing with these properties. Bringing him in to write the new Call of Duty, in which the USA is no longer recognized as a super power and needs to rebuild seems right up his alley. Expect a lot of twist and turns, a bunch of awesome government conspiracies theories, and a definite set-up for a sequel.
2. Get Ready For Some Stealth (Still With A Michael Bay Feel, Though)
After huge successes last year with games like Dishonored, Hitman: Absolution, and Mark of the Ninja; stealth has been proven viable for any kind of first person shooter. In the demo that I was able to see, there was a bunch of rope swinging, silenced weapons, knife kills, hiding behind doors and around hallway corners, etc. While you might be a little put off by this based on the history of Call of Duty, trust me, it still feels like and, more importantly, LOOKS like a COD game.
3. You’ll Probably Be Able To Get Your Copy For Next-Gen BEFORE The Next-Gen Consoles Come Out
One of the biggest takeaways from seeing the demo was discussing the launch on the XboxOne and PlayStation 4 consoles and how it would effect the launch of the game with different release dates for the next-gen and price points for the game for the future. I was looked at dead in the face and was told: “We’ll be ready for a worldwide launch across ALL platforms on November 5.” Suffice to say, Xbox One doesn’t come out until at least November 21st, and the PlayStation 4 doesn’t even have a release date. To me, it’s pretty awesome that COD will be the franchise to give us next-gen first before anyone else, even the major players. (Even if the disc just has to sit there for a month or so before we can play it.)
4. Anything Battlefield 4 Does, Call of Duty Can Do (Better)
In their E3 multiplayer demo, Call of Duty competitor Battlefield 4 caused a lot of gasps when they showed a skyscraper falling in-game, during the session. In one of the demos I was able to see, let me just put it this way: Call of Duty: Ghosts will cause the same amount, if not more gasps. It was seriously crazy.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is going to be a game-changer. While it definitely seems like it has the feel of the Call of Duty gameplay we know and love, the innovations made for the franchise and the next-generation of gaming will definitely make a mark for years to come.
Call of Duty: Ghosts hits worldwide on November 5th. Check out a trailer below: