Last month, Activision provided the briefest of glimpses of what to expect from Call of Duty: Ghosts, setting the stage for the next-generation of the franchise by introducing a new engine and dropping cryptic details about its new characters and story. Now, as E3 approaches, they want to give fans a taste of what they will reveal at the show.
Instead of the multi-character stories of the previous Call of Duty games, Call of Duty: Ghosts instead simplifies the narrative and focuses on one playable character and his brother. The brother soldiers have survived and grown up in a United States ravaged by an unspecified “mass event.”
Despite man fan theories, the cataclysmic event is not based on the nuclear fallout of World War III featured in Modern Warfare 3. Not only is it a completely new conflict, all ties to the Modern Warfare universe have been severed. The events of Modern Warfare never happened and the characters never existed, including Simon “Ghost” Riley. The use of his iconic mask is pure fan service, Infinity Wars says. Nothing more. (What?)
After the amount of attention given to the dog in the studio’s original reveal, fans have been left wondering how man’s best friend would fit into the game. The dog is more than just an AI companion, it’s a remote recon scout and deadly weapon controlled by the player via a tablet-like viewfinder. According to Infinity Ward, it’s based entirely on the real-life use of service dogs by elite Navy SEAL teams.
Though based on reality, the game version offers more control as one would imagine, allowing players to steer the dog just like they would a soldier. But instead of aiming down your sights and pulling the trigger, you target an enemy and tap the shoulder button to lunge for their throats. The dog has other functions as well, recon and distraction. While controlling the dog, the player is able to bark, luring a nearby enemy into view, allowing your AI ally to quickly take him out with a silenced rifle. I’ve added a video that shows the dog gameplay.
Call of Duty: Ghosts will first launch on the Xbox One before being released on the Playstation 4 and all other major consoles on November 5th, 2013.
Enjoy the sneak peek! It’s short so I included some other videos as well.
Riley (Dog) Gameplay Footage
Video Interview with IGN
The original reveal trailer