Call of Duty: Ghosts, the next game in Infinity Ward's 10-year-old military shooter series, will launch on Microsoft's Xbox One, the company announced today during the console's unveiling event.
All downloadable content for Call of Duty will launch first on Xbox One as timed exclusives.
The game will include all new characters in a new world, rendered on an all-new engine. In a behind-the-scenes video, the development team said the goal was to create a cast of characters you will feel more attached to. Stephen Gaghan, writer of Traffic and Syriana, is working on the script.
In Ghosts players will be part of the remnants of the world's different special forces. Players will also have dogs as part of their squad, rendered from scans of real service dogs. The dogs can protect the team and sniff out explosives. The game also features a new A.I. system that will create more lifelike experiences — for example, fish will move out of the way when you get close to them. Players will also be able to customize their characters in multiplayer and choose their heads, bodies, helmets and gears.
Maps will be dynamic and will feature events like earthquakes and floods. Player-driven events like opening doors and explosive traps will also alter the flow of the map.
"It will be the best Call of Duty game we've ever made," said Activision's Eric Hirshberg.
Rumors regarding Call of Duty: Ghosts began in April, when U.K. retailer Tesco and Target leaked ads listed the title for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Several days later, Spanish retailer Xtralife posted a product page for Ghosts, noting launch on Wii U and PC, along with a promotional poster listing the title for launch on Nov. 5 for all four platforms.
On May 1, Activision and Infinity Ward confirmed the title's release date and launch platforms, adding that it will also be available on "next generation consoles." Developer Sledgehammer Games, who assisted in development on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, noted via Twitter that the studio is not involved with Ghosts, though recent job listings suggest the company is working on a Call of Duty title.