Activision announced earlier today that they are adding a third developer to the Call of Duty rotation – Sledgehammer Games. With a trio now churning out annual Call of Duty titles in a three-year rotation (meaning 2014: Sledgehammer Games; 2015: Treyarch; 2016: Infinity Ward, and so on), Activision seems confident in its gamble that a third studio will help balance the franchise.
But will this change benefit Call of Duty? Or has it sealed its own fate?
During its annual earnings call today, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg revealed that Call of Duty will stick to its annual release – though they now have a third developer working alongside Infinity Ward and Treyarch.
Hello everyone Kevin Tate is back with a new column adding an eSports dimension to Digibytes. Previously I wrote articles for the USA Network show White Collar and I posted a few Call of Duty gameplay videos for the YouTube channel. Then I went back to school and took a break for a while. Now I am back to write about my main video game passion which is eSports.
I first started playing competitive video games when I was quite young in the days of Call of Duty vanilla (the original Call of Duty called vCod) and Call of Duty: United Offensive. Like most competitive players I started by joining a big clan with tons of people in it trying to rank my way up. Gradually from there I got more skilled at the game and vCod is where I focused.
I was in many teams and won quite a few tournaments in my day. Then a couple years ago I switched to Call of Duty 4. I was a little late entering the scene so I have not been able to enjoy as much success there but recently my team placed top 8 in a CEVO Call of Duty 4 revival tournament. I also played quite a few Gamebattles ladders and tournaments for Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops on the PS3. I have attended the last two MLG championships in Columbus as a spectator and will be attending the event in a couple weeks.
As you can tell I am mostly Call of Duty focused and even further Call of Duty on the PC focused which does not have much in the way of popularity at the moment with only the few core teams keeping it alive. With that being said I have followed the console scene for a long time and actually have played with some of the teams in scrims or pugs or what not. I will mostly be focused on that, although I am not quite sure the future of Call of Duty competitive with their new title release. I have also been a huge Starcraft 2 fan for a long time.
Playing on the PC and getting up to a mid platinum level. My playing skills were never very good but I have followed the competitive scene for a long time and will keep you up to date on that. As far as Dota 2 and LoL I have essentially no knowledge so my analysis of those games will not be very upstanding. Both of these games, though, have fans in great numbers so I will try to keep up with the top storylines. As far as any other titles involved with eSports including the new Battlefield, Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, I will do my best to keep everything updated.
That is my background with competitive gaming. Hope you enjoy my column in the future. My next article will be about the future of Call of Duty competitive with their new release Call of Duty: Ghosts. I will also be talking about all the action this past weekend at Blizzcon and will be giving you my experience at MLG Columbus in two weekends. In the words of the great Macklemore: PEACE.
Mark Rubin, Executive Producer at Infinity Ward, earlier today confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts’ resolution on the Xbox One is 720p upscaled to 1080p. This news comes after the particular interest (read: heated arguments everywhere) over final specs and resolution of the game on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Posting on TwitLonger, he specifically stated that the PlayStation 4 will run Call of Duty: Ghosts at native 1080p, compared to the Xbox One’s upscaled resolution.
“Hey, been on the road last couple weeks so haven’t had a chance to update, but wanted to confirm that for Xbox One we’re 1080p upscaled from 720p. And, we’re native 1080p on PS4. We optimized each console to hit 60 FPS and the game looks great on both. Still on the road, but glad to see the great reception to Extinction. Can’t wait for next week’s launch.“
If resolution will make or break a game for you, then this might come as heavy news, knowing that the only thing keeping the Xbox One’s resolution on par with the PS4′s is upscaling technology. The good news, however, is that both consoles will run at a smooth 60 FPS, so the gameplay itself won’t take a hit.
Call of Duty: Ghosts releases on November 5th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and the Wii U. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will launch alongside their respective consoles.
Update: Infinity Ward has released an official trailer for Extinction, which you can see here.
The internet has exploded after screenshots leaked depicting a new game mode in Infinity Ward’s highly anticipated Call of Duty: Ghosts. Titled “Extinction”, the pictures themselves show various moments during a game of the new mode.
Posted on Imgur by a Twitter user known only as ‘@SMTKZ‘, the pictures are taken off-screen, but still show a commendable level of clarity and detail.
These pictures appear after the Call of Duty: Ghosts Instagram page posted the following video:
The fact that the face in the trailer is alien, along with the noises and sound effects that accompany it, lends a certain credibility to the screenshots. DigiBytes has reached out to Infinity Ward to confirm Extinction’s existence, though at this point it seems the cat is out of the bag.
Check out all the screenshots below:
Activision, the publisher of Call of Duty, has just sparked a new competition between their hit franchise Call of Duty and Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V, telling the company to not get too comfortable with all the new records they’ve broken, many of which were previously held by Call of Duty.
When speaking with MCV, UK senior brand manager Kevin Flynn denounced the idea that the Call of Duty franchise may be in decline after all its years of being the hottest selling video game, arguing that the soon to be released Call of Duty: Ghosts will stay true to the brand’s success.
“Congratulations to the team at Rockstar for their success,” he said, before adding, “We look forward to getting the record back before the next GTA title.
“We know that our unaided awareness for Ghosts is leading the way against other unreleased triple-A titles. Our digital content has proven extremely popular and Black Ops II has sold more than 3m units in the UK.”
If you aren’t aware of the records GTA V broke, a few of them were the fastest game to gross one billion dollars and the UK’s fastest-selling game ever.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is set to release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U on November 5, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions available on launch day.
Activision released a game on the iOS app store today called Call of Duty: Strike Team. The game, described as ”an all-new, first-person and third-person Call of Duty experience built from the ground up,” will set you back £4.99 / $6.99 and 1.31GB on your device.
The game will allow players to customize their squad’s loadouts and abilities before they lead them into battle, and while fighting, you’ll be able to switch from a first-person run-and-gun approach to a reconnaissance view to co-ordinate attacks.
Strike Team takes place in 2020 and coincides with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2′s universe, tasking players with unraveling the mystery of Cordis Die. There are two different modes for players to choose from when playing the game, campaign and survival mode, which will have you fighting of waves of increasingly difficult enemies as you try and claim the top spot on global leaderboards.
Call of Duty: Strike Team is only compatible with iOS 6.0 or later and cannot run on the iPhone 4 or iPod touch 4th generation, or anything that precedes them.
Infinity Ward has finally unveiled its multiplayer mode for their upcoming game, Call of Duty: Ghosts. You can check out the juicy three-minute trailer above!
Treyarch has announced an upcoming DLC pack for Black Ops 2 that will be tailored specifically for the game’s zombie mode. The DLC’s story will apparently have a giant robot in it (which makes everything better I guess), and a younger zombie hunting cast.
There’s still no word on when the DLC pack will release, but you can check out the teaser for it below: