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Call of Duty: Ghosts is official, here's our first tease

Call of Duty: Ghosts, the long-rumored next entry in the Call of Duty franchise, is official, confirmed today in a short live-action video and press release from Activision and game developers Infinity Ward.

The next game in the franchise hits Nov. 5, 2013 and promises to deliver an all new story, setting and cast of characters powered by a "next generation" Call of Duty engine, according to the press release. The game will be coming to the PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and "next generation platforms." More details will be announced at Microsoft's May 21 Xbox event.

"Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we're not resting on our laurels," said Mark Rubin, executive producer of developer Infinity Ward. "We saw the console transition as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter for Call of Duty. So we're building a new sub-brand, a new engine, and a lot of new ideas and experiences for our players. We can't wait to share them with our community."

The game's "first look" will be shown during the Xbox: The Next Generation Revealed event on May 21 taking place in Redmond, Wa. at 1 p.m. Eastern. While that event hasn't been detailed, it is widely considered to be when Microsoft will unveil their next-gen console.

Earlier this week, Activision launched a teaser site for an unnamed Call of Duty game. The site used Twitter pictures to create a mosaic of the ghost mask used by Lt. Simon "Ghost" Riley in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.The site was later updated with the phrase "The Ghosts Are Real" scrawled across the picture.

A day later an image of a purported GameStop promotional poster for Call of Duty: Ghosts was sent to IGN. The poster showed a soldier pulling a ghost mask down over his head. The poster also listed a Nov. 5, 2013 release date and Infinity Ward as the developers.

Ghosts is available as a pre-order starting today.

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