As expected, Activision has taken the wraps off of Call of Duty Ghosts, the next installment in the wildly popular shooter series. Infinity Ward is making the game for a November 5 release on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. It’s also confirmed for the next Xbox and will make an appearance at Microsoft’s reveal for the Xbox successor on May 21.
The developer said that it will have an entirely new story, setting, and cast of characters. All of these will be powered by a next-gen engine. Although they didn’t show any gameplay or graphics, a live action trailer was released to highlight the significance of masks.
More details are expected at Microsoft’s Xbox event on May 21.
Polygon reports that Activision has paid former Infinity Ward employees $42 million, though it isn’t considered a settlement. The payment includes interest, and it has been noted to be a “small portion” of the monetary stakes involved, according to the 40-member Infinity Ward Employee Group.
“I can… tell you that…it is only a small portion of what we are seeking in litigation,” said IWEG attorney Bruce Isaacs. “It is outrageous that they made us wait, they obviously knew they owed the money and this just shows that they breached the contract.”
The group is planning to pursue further legal action. It is claiming a number in the range of $75-125 million.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is already under fire. GameInformer has come across a set of legal documents that suggest the game’s future setting may violate Activision’s contract with Infinity Ward. In fact, the primary developer of the series retains the rights to any Call of Duty games set post-Vietnam.
I’m not a lawyer or anything, but you’d think Activision would have this covered before they commissioned something like this. However, you should keep in mind that the company already has a legal dispute with Infinity Ward and series creators Jason West and Vince Zampella.
I don’t think the game will be affected by any of this, but it will further strain Activision’s relationship with IW.
It’s been five years since the original Call of Duty was released exclusively on PC. The game will make itself available to PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers later this year when it arrives on PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Arcade.
As the game isn’t officially announced yet, it is not known when the port will hit or what enhancements it will include.
Finally a solid release date for the highly anticipated Call of Duty sequel Modern Warfare 2: the game will be released on November 10, as announced by Infinity Ward at the GDC Choice Awards.
A very cryptic teaser trailer was released. Check it out below.
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Surprising everyone, Treyarch’s Call of Duty: World at War has sold more than double on Call of Duty 4’s first week of UK sales.
The game hit two more platforms than its predecessor – PS2 and Wii – and has become a blockbuster hit across all platforms, including PS3, Xbox 360, PC, DS and PSP.
Neither sales figures nor per-console breakdown was provided for the game’s sales.
Series creator Infinity Ward is now working on Call of Duty 6 for release sometime next year.
A new patch for Call of Duty 4 is now available, updating the game to v1.4. The patch adds a new free holiday map and improved modification support. Grab it from Rapidshare (direct link).
Activision and Infinity Ward have announced that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare will feature an original score by Stephen Barton with main theme and music production provided by Harry Gregson-Williams. The latter’s work has been featured in numerous films, television series and video games including The Chronicles of Narnia, Man on Fire and Team America: World Police. The soundtrack for the game was performed and recorded by a full orchestra, largely at Abbey Road Studios in London, England.
“Harry Gregson-Williams was the perfect choice to craft an immersive and rich soundtrack that matches the heightened atmosphere and tension of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” says Grant Collier, Studio Head at Infinity Ward. “Harry’s wealth of experience, passion and intensity together with the talents of young composer, Stephen Barton, shine through in the score draws gamers deeper into the epic and cinematic experience that is Call of Duty 4.”
The game hits PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 5.
Playing ninja for once, Activision silently announced the “Game of the Year” edition of Call of Duty 2 for the Xbox 360. The GOTY edition will include the original game along with the Skirmish Map Pack, two new multiplayer maps (400 points on Xbox Live) and bonus DVD containing making-of footage, historic interview, commentaries and mission walkthroughs from the developers at Infinity Ward.
It is now available throughout North America.