Next-gen multiplayer gaming to the sweet, sweet sounds of Eminem.
Activision and Infinity Ward showed off the multiplayer portion of Call of Duty : Ghosts yesterday with a few surprises in tow. Mixed in with the all the usual action that fans have come to expect from CoD, the event showed off the use of dogs in multi, the new Create-a-Soldier feature and the new third mode of play in Ghosts called Squads.
Create-a-Soldier allows players to customize up to ten troopers who can all be tailored completely- right down to their “appearance, perks, loadouts, and style of play”. For the first time ever, you can also create female soldiers in Ghosts, which should definitely make female players smile.
Squads takes the creation function a little further and allows for the construction of a 10 man/woman squad that you can actually take into battle in solo, co-op, or competitive play. You can also hot-swap out your computer controlled allies with your real buddies as you play and at any time. And here’s a kick for you- you can actually get XP even while you’re offline thanks to the fact that your squad can get challenged to a game at any time, even if you’re not there.
“This is the biggest overhaul of multiplayer since the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare,” said Mark Rubin, Executive Producer, Infinity Ward. “We’re pouring our hearts and souls into making Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer the best it can be on next gen and current gen alike. With all the customization options, our new Create-a-Soldier system, dynamic map events, new perks and killstreaks, tactical player animations, new Squads mode, Clan support in-game and on second screen, it’s the complete online experience.”
It is a pretty big overhaul for a game that many didn’t even really think needed one.
In addition to all that, Call of Duty: Ghosts also features second-screen integration, evolving maps that change as you play and heavy clan support. The Clan Wars feature, which is dependent on the second-screen, actually allows you to engage in larger clan vs clan battles for XP and in game content.
Also announced yesterday was the Season Pass info for the game and the Collector’s Editions. If you haven’t seen the CE’s yet for Ghosts, do yourself a favor and check out the Prestige. You’ll be glad you did. Here’s all the info on both the pass, the CE’s and more:
- Call of Duty®: Ghosts Season Pass. Four epic DLC Map Packs for one discounted price (based on Season Pass suggested retail price of $49.99/4000 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live and four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $14.99/1200 Microsoft Points each). Included in the Season Pass is the Ghosts Team Leader Pack featuring for the first time a multiplayer character modeled from one of the characters from Ghosts’ single player campaign, along with additional bonus digital content. While the DLC Map Packs will be available starting in 2014, the Ghosts Team Leader Pack and other Season Pass bonus content activates immediately upon purchase following the game’s launch beginning Nov. 5, 2013. And, once purchased, the Season Pass will upgrade to next-gen (from Xbox 360 to Xbox One, and from PlayStation 3 system to PlayStation 4 system) for a limited time only at no additional cost.
- Call of Duty®: Ghosts Collector’s Editions. Two special editions covering the gamut of collector’s interest beginning with the Hardened Edition, including a copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts, the DLC Season Pass, limited edition Collectible Steelbook and Paracord Strap; and the Prestige Edition, which includes all content from the Hardened Edition, plus the Call of Duty: Ghosts Tactical Camera, a full HD 1080p, water resistant, wide-angle mounted, wearable camera based on the actual helmet camera featured in the game itself. Both the Hardened and Prestige Editions are available for pre-order starting today.
- eSports. The Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox returns in 2014. Additionally, Call of Duty: Ghosts will be the exclusive first person action and flagship title on the Major League Gaming (MLG) Pro Circuit in 2014.
- Call of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer World Tour. A 10-city global tour fan experience hitting Los Angeles; Cologne, Germany; Dubai, UAE; London, U.K.; Sydney, Australia; Moscow, Russia; Utrecht, Netherlands; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Milan, Italy; and Paris, France; leading up to the game’s launch starting in November.
Call of Duty: Ghosts debuts on the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC this November the 5th with the Xbox One and PS4 versions landing soon afterward.