Activision has released a preview of the multiplayer features of the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts, which include giving players the ability to choose their gender for the first time in the game series’ history.
Utilising the incredible popularity of the multiplayer in the previous Call of Duty games, the Eminem-backed reveal trailer focused solely on the changes in CoD: Ghosts’ multiplayer section. Beginning the trailer with cinematic shots of what could possibly be ‘Riley’, the dog who sent the Internet into a meme-laden craze after CoD: Ghosts’ initial reveal at E3, the perspective quickly shifts into the traditional first-person view of previous Call of Duty games.
The trailer then demonstrates that familiar, well-worn aspects of the multiplayer such as scores and pop-up achievements are still present, before cutting back to another cinematic shot of a soldier being chomped down upon by an armour-laden mutt, likely suggesting the presence of attack dogs as a killstreak bonus, as they have been in Treyarch’s Call of Duty releases.
Now switching between first-person and cinematic slow-mo, customisation is demonstrated, the touted 20,000 aesthetic combinations of Ghosts going beyond previous games, which had largely restricted any personal customisation to weapons and equipment.
Also new are destructible environments, with buses able to be blasted off cliffs and lampposts smashing down onto cars. In order to ensure such destruction, there are also a variety of new weapons present, including evolutions of previously-seen flying drones and minigun-wielding juggernauts.
Alongside the new player options one new game mode is showcased; ‘Cranked’, which presumably takes inspiration from the Jason Statham-starring movies, requiring players to get kills within a time limit in order to stay alive themselves.
At the very end of the trailer comes Call of Duty: Ghosts’ biggest reveal. The camera pulls back from an impressive set of kills to reveal Call of Duty’s first female character. With the presence of female characters in games a highly-disputed topic among the gaming press recently, the move makes perfect sense, while continuing CoD: Ghosts’ focus on expansive customisation.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is released on November 5th for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, PC and Wii U.