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Infinity Ward Reveals A Wealth Of Multiplayer Improvements

During a recent livestream press event, Activision revealed the new multiplayer modes that will be featured in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Activision is calling this the biggest overhaul to multiplayer since the first Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Here's a breakdown of what you'll be playing this November.

After showing a trailer that featured dudes blowing each other up, calling down airstrikes, and using drones to firebomb enemies, Activision went into detail about Call of Duty: Ghosts new multiplayer upgrades. Here are the highlights:

Customization: In the past, you customized a class, now you'll be able to customize a soldier who you'll journey with across the breadth of your Call of Duty experience. Ghost features over 20 thousand customization possibilities, including details of how your soldier looks, and whether you are male or female. You can customize a team of up to 10 soldiers, who can all have different skillsets, and you'll earn experience for each soldier you play. This is important because one of the new modes in the game, Squads, allows you to let the AI control your teammates as you play alongside them in various multiplayer matches.

New modes: In addition to the aforementioned Squads mode, Activision showed off another new mode called Cranked, where players face a countdown clock that ticks towards their death. Players can add to their clock with each kill, and as they kill their movements speed up, resulting in a fast paced, frantic match. Another mode, called Search and Rescue has players resurrecting their friends. When players die, they drop their dog tags. If a team member can get to those tags they'll resurrect that player, but if an opponent gets there first, the downed player will be out for the rest of the round.

Dynamic World: Ghost's maps won't be static areas like in previous games, but will be fluid environments that change as the battle ranges on. Players can open up new lines of sight by blowing holes in walls. During the trailer, we watch one player shoot out the tanks at a gas station and cause the station's roof to collapse on top of several opponents. Traversing these environments will also be smoother thanks to a number of systems that Infinity Ward has added to the game. Ghosts features a new mantling system and a lean system that lets you lean around cover without pressing a button. A knee slide also allow players zip around the map and slide into cover quickly.

Mobile: Activision is hoping to expand your Call of Duty experience outside of your consoles will a new Call of Duty mobile app that will integrate with your online profile. With the new app you can check your loadouts, profiles, squads, and prestige level. This app also adds some second screen functionality by allowing you to pick your loadout for your next spawn while playing the game.

All told, Ghost features 7 new game modes, 30 new weapons, and a host of new killstreaks. A new weapon class called marksman rifles now bridges the gap between rifles and sniper rifles. We're getting our hands on the game's multiplayer at a special Call of Duty: Ghosts event, so stay tuned for impressions. If you're interested in checking the game out yourself, Activision will be touring Ghost through 10 cities around the world before launch, including: London, Dubai, Sydney, Sao Paolo and Paris.

For more on Ghosts, read our hands-on impressions of the game's single-player from E3

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Comments
  • At least their thinking outside of the box.
  • Neat?

  • This game is starting to sound pretty amazing, the video has turned it into a must-have for me.
  • It's a sad day when leaning around corners in an FPS is considered an innovation.
  • There's gonna be so many glitchers exploiting the new mechanics of this game.

  • I may actually get this now.
  • When I saw some of this, I couldn't shake the feeling it felt like the Medal of Honor reboot. Leaning, sliding, changing maps, and, oddly enough, the sniper screen when you're zooming in. Ugh...

  • Neat work, IW. They've really done a nice job with the improvements. I really like the new feature of soldier customization. What interested me the most was that you can purchase it on a current-gen console and have your stats/rank carry over to next-gen.
  • I've been out of the CoD loop since 4, so this actually looked pretty damn fun to me. I might actually think about picking it up on down the road.

  • It's "São Paulo", Ben. ;)

  • I watched the reveal live and wow. This looks pretty damn sweet. I think I can get some friends to finally join up. I am most interested in SP but I think I might stand a chance at MP. If nothing else, it looks way fun. Oh and Riley!

  • I think we should call them changes. It has yet to be seen if they're improvements or not.
  • I'm still not sold. Call of Duty is just now adding things that have been in other FPS games for years upon years. It's like they're playing catch up.

    Not that it matters because they could slap the name Call of Duty on anything it would be the highest selling video game in the year it came out.

  • I don't know if I care about Call of Duty multiplayer anymore. I mean, Ghosts doesn't look terrible, but right now it feels like another iteration, without a big massive change you might expect for a next gen title. Maybe I expect too much, but I feel like I'm getting worn out on CoD like I did years ago on the Tony Hawk games. It does look fun though.
  • I watched it live and it looks just as horribly boring as the last games. The fact that the maps change isn't going to make the gameplay any more fun. It just means you'll be playing a boring game in a changing environment.
  • I liked what I saw and I look forward to playing this.

  • This sounds cool, I can't wait to play it. I wonder why it took them so long to implement simple features like these.

    Edit: what was the name of that song?
  • The factor that determines whether or not I buy this is simple: will there be a riot shield?! Because it's the best gun in the series!
  • I don't play this game, but my Mom is gonna be so excited that you can change your gender, now.

    That probably sounds weird, but my parents love this series.

  • This looks like the same crap it always has been. It still sucks.

    Hell even the Eminem song on it sucks wtf happened to his music. "Grab your screw-drive-ers!" They must have gave him a mil for that at least.
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