How Call of Duty: Ghosts Can Shake Up the Series

We’re hyped about Call of Duty: Ghosts, and we hope you are too. In case you haven’t heard, the game’s existence has kinda/sorta leaked out thanks to an epic fuck-up at a bunch of retailers, and it’s given us the juice to speculate on what we think could shake up the series as a whole. Before we get into any of that, here’s the first fact:  THE GHOST MASK IS ON THE COVER. If that’s not enough reason to get hyped, then you shouldn’t call yourself a fan of Call of Duty.

The game, which has yet to be officially announced, had its existence unearthed ahead of schedule through retailers like Tesco and Target with a launch date of Nov. 5, placing it in line with previous Call of Duty releases. The leak indicates that the game is slated for release on current-generation systems, with no word on whether it’ll come out on next-gen platforms like the PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox.

To verify the fact of the leak, a Tesco representative confirmed with Venturebeat that box art for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game are in fact real, and that they were published by mistake.

Activision spokesperson Dan Amrich previously confirmed that the company was in possession of PlayStation 4 and next-gen Microsoft hardware, implying therefore that the game would be released on next-gen platforms in addition to current-gen systems.

As for what the game will actually be, we’re going to use this as an opportunity to speculate on Call of Duty: Ghosts and what we think the game needs to do to shake up the series. We’ll be attending Activision’s Pre-E3 event May 14. But until then, we’re sharing some wild desires. Because why not?

First things first—what do we know of the game? Well, besides the title, Call of Duty: Ghosts? Next to nothing. But we can say with no small amount of certainty that the game will be an FPS. It has to be an FPS because the series’ popularity demands it, and because Call of Duty has never been anything but an FPS. Too much of a change wouldn’t fly with either Activision or fans of the Call of Duty series waiting for a new installment of the game this year. It wouldn’t be terribly easy to confuse the game Sledgehammer Games is rumored to be working on at Activision, but I feel it necessary to point out that Ghosts is not that game, and thus the reason why we shouldn’t think Ghosts is anything but a first person shooter.

Beyond that, Infinity Ward has never made a third-person shooter or a non-FPS, so there’s little reason to think that they’ll start by taking a huge risk with Activision’s most successful yearly franchise. As the undisputed leader of the FPS genre, they have every reason to want to keep their crown and prevent EA Games from gaining ground with Battlefield 4.

Call of Duty: Ghosts may well offer a yearly update to the Call of Duty formula, but it also presents the developers with the opportunity to deliver true innovation to the series. So here’s what we think they can do with the game.

Credit: Flickr/SupraMK86

Larger Battlefields

The game could afford to see the addition of large-scale battlefields. The maps do not necessarily have to be of the same scale as those in the Battlefield series, but they can offer vehicles, squads, support roles, and other elements missing from the Call of Duty experience. Ghosts may be a Call of Duty game with that follows the Call of Duty formula, but its developers should realize that they’re going up against Battlefield 4 as their main competitor. What better way to show how next-gen they are than by increasing the scale of the battlefield? Go big or go home, we say.

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7 Comments on How Call of Duty: Ghosts Can Shake Up the Series

thejfather1

On April 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Honestly, I dont give a flying flip about buying this game, but i am intrigued by what they do with it. The only shooter i have bought in years in bioshock infinite, and itll stay that for awhile. Ni No Kuni, Bethesda Games, Dark Souls, Pokemon, Xenoblade, Pikmin, Dragon Age, Witcher 3, and more are all higher on my priority list.

goose2989

On April 24, 2013 at 9:35 pm

“How Call of Duty: Ghosts Won’t Shake Up the Series” would have been a more appropriate title to the article.

-_-

On April 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm

There are couple of things that i hope from COD: Ghost.

More guns (yes, i like big variety of tools what i can use to dispose the targets)

better maps and fixed spawning sysyem

And BALANCE.

I have to agree on large maps, checkpoint spawining and squads, but vehicles,

NOPE. This is Call of Duty, Not Battlefield.

R-man

On April 25, 2013 at 4:20 am

Yeah, I actually disagree (respectfully) with the whole bigger maps and vehicles thing to compete with BF4… This is CoD… not BF… and it’s that way for a reason. I know people that bought both (including me) and I loved both… because they’re different. And that’s how CoD gets so many sales despite BF being there. Because they offer things BF doesn’t for people who don’t like what BF offers, and it goes the other way around too. I don’t want games to be too similar to each other, I want games that are different.

However, I probably will not be buying this CoD game because last time I bought an Infinity Ward CoD game was MW3, and in my opinion, it sucked. The spawns sucked, the maps weren’t great… and it just wasn’t as ‘polished’ as Treyarch’s CoDs. So I made a decision that I’ll only get CoD every other year when Treyarch releases their addition. So I agree that Infinity Ward does need to fix some things with their maps (I don’t like spawning and being killed from behind as soon as I spawn or spawning right behind the person that killed me)… but it doesn’t need to be too similar to BF.

lol

On April 25, 2013 at 6:58 am

Why change something that sheep will ing eat up? If you add destructible environments, bigger maps and vehicles everyone will go play Battlefield.

gasmaskangel

On April 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

Thanks, but I’m good on military first person shooters, I don’t need any more.

Robert

On April 25, 2013 at 11:27 am

@thejfather1
” Ni No Kuni, Bethesda Games, Dark Souls, Pokemon, Xenoblade, Pikmin, Dragon Age, Witcher 3, and more are all higher on my priority list.”

You sir, have great taste in games.