Get a preview of Ascendance, the second DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Ascendance includes four Multiplayer maps, the OHM Multiplayer hybrid weapon and weapon variant, a new Exo Grapple playlist, as well as Exo Zombies Infection, part two of the Exo Zombies co-op experience.
Ascendance releases March 31st on Xbox LIVE, with other platforms to follow.
Pre-order the Day Zero Edition now and get up to 24 hours early access!
Activision have released their lineup of games that are playable at Gamescom 2014. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny and Skylanders Trap Team will all be available to play at the Activision stand.
“This September, October and November, we’re releasing three of the most talked about games in the industry and perhaps our best slate ever. Destiny is the most pre-ordered new IP in history. Skylanders Trap Team is yet another breakthrough innovation for the biggest kids’ video game in the world*. And Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a creative leap forward for the biggest franchise in the industry,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “With all of the hours of great games to be played, we apologise to spouses, bosses and significant others of every stripe in advance.”
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Published by Activision and developed by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty multiplayer enters a new era for the popular award-winning franchise. Gamescom 2014 will see the global reveal of the multiplayer with fans getting the very first hands on anywhere in the world.
It is primed to deliver a thrilling blockbuster experience, packed with cutting-edge technology such as the exoskeleton, which changes the way gamers will play the game, and a brand-new weapon class, load-out system, endless customization and more, creating an in-depth, robust and advanced Call of Duty multiplayer experience.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is being developed by Sledgehammer Games specifically for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and PC. Versions for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system are also in development. The game is expected to release on November 4, 2014. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is rated M for Mature.
Gamescom 2014 will showcase Destiny’s competitive multiplayer, The Crucible, with announcements of the modes, maps and playlists that will be available at launch. Multiplayer playlists will mix up the gameplay with special rotating events, such as the Iron Banner, which allows players to enter battle against one another with no combat level restrictions. Destiny will also feature an exclusive map called Exodus Blue for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners, which will remain exclusive until at least autumn of 2015.
Fans visiting the SONY Computer Entertainment Deutschland booth in Hall 7.1 will be able to compete head-to-head in the intense action of competitive multiplayer in The Crucible and on Saturday and Sunday top scorers in each gameplay session will be awarded a limited edition Destiny T-Shirt. The booth will also feature a custom-built ‘Sparrow’ statue, offering visitors a chance to create and upload their very own Destiny photo moment.
With four weeks to go before Destiny’s launch, global retailer GameStop Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Bob Puzon, said “With the launch of Activision’s Destiny just around the corner, our GameStop associates are working diligently to prepare for what is currently our highest pre-ordered new IP in history. Based on the consumer excitement we are encountering in our stores every day, Destiny is on track to deliver a tremendous gaming experience.”
Destiny will be available on September 9 for the PlayStation 4 system, PlayStation 3 system, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Skylanders Trap Team
Fans attending Gamescom will get a special Skylanders treat -- the first hands-on opportunity to play Skylanders Trap Team with a new line of cute, pocket-sized Skylanders characters, called Skylanders Minis. Sixteen of the smallest but surprisingly powerful Skylanders are now joining the fight against Skylands’ most nefarious villains. Diminutive in stature but mighty in battle, Skylanders Minis will deliver a full Skylanders wallop as completely playable characters with upgrades and abilities, just like any other Skylanders, including the ability to trap villains.
At Gamescom, visitors in the Gamescom Family Area ((Hall 10.2) -- who are “mini” enough to enter the smallest booth Activision has ever built -- will be able to play with the new Minis. Only those that meet the Skylanders Mini booth’s required height restrictions will get the chance to be the first in the world to play with five of the new Minis: Spry, Mini Jini, Drobit, Trigger Snappy and Hijinx. Visitors to the Family area will also have the chance to visit the Skylanders photo booth, where fans can be photographed as if they’ve been ‘trapped’ in TraptaniumTM, just like the infamous villains in the game.
Ahead of Gamescom, Activision also announced that it is bringing the complete Skylanders Trap Team videogame to tablets at launch, marking the first time a full Skylanders game will be available on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire tablet devices day-and-date with the console version. The tablet version of the game delivers the same experience, with console-quality graphicsi[i] and high performance game controls as its console counterpart, delivering yet another significant technological leap to the Skylanders franchise. It is playable with touch controls or a Bluetooth® enabled controller that comes with the tablet Starter Pack.
Skylanders Trap Team will be available on October 10 in Europe, October 5 in North America and October 2 in Australia/New Zealand on the following platforms: a variety of iOS, Android and Kindle Fire tablets; Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft; PlayStation 4 system; PlayStation 3 system; Nintendo's Wii system and Nintendo's Wii U system. A different, unique adventure also will be available on the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system.
Sledgehammer Games have revealed more information about the new multiplayer features for Advanced Warfare. We are all hoping for a radical change on the current style of multiplayer which, while popular among the hardcore among us, needs a fresh update in the overcrowded FPS genre. Feast your eyes on the the details below:
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CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS INVASION IS THE THIRD DLC PACK FOR 2014, COMING FIRST, EXCLUSIVELY TO XBOX 3rd JUNE
Invasion DLC Pack Delivers Four New MP Maps and the Next Chapter in Extinction’s Four-Part Episodic Storyline.
Call of Duty® fans should mark their calendars and prepare for Invasion, as Activision and Infinity Ward today revealed the third massive DLC Pack for Call of Duty®: Ghosts. Launching 3rd June first, exclusively on Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360, Call of Duty®: Ghosts Invasion delivers four new multiplayer maps from unique locales around the world, each with hidden secrets and unique Field Orders. Invasion also includes “Episode 3: Awakening,” the next thrilling chapter in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative taking players deep into an alien underworld to discover the truth behind the Cryptid attack.
Invasion is available a la carte or as part of the Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass, which gives fans access to all four epic Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Packs** planned for release in 2014 –Onslaught, Devastation, Invasion and Nemesis.Invasion’s four new small-to-medium-sized multiplayer maps feature the fast-paced gameplay Call of Duty fans crave, each one donning a distinct look, feel and unique killstreak.
Anchoring the Call of Duty: Ghosts Invasion DLC Pack is the next instalment in the game’s Extinction mode episodic narrative, “Episode 3: Awakening.” In Awakening, the team descends into the perilous alien underworld to strike at the subterranean fortress of the Ancestors – the mysterious puppet-masters behind the Cryptid invasion. Armed with a range of new hi-tech weapons and equipment, the team must penetrate a series of defensive barriers to reach the Ark and unlock the secrets of the Ancestors’ psychic powers. As the final battle draws closer, the fate of the Earth and the future of the human race hang in the balance.
The power of the next generation of advanced soldier. The power of a gripping performance from Kevin Spacey. The power of all-new, exoskeleton gameplay mechanics. Power changes everything. Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare delivers an inspired new era of Call of Duty®. Published by Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), and developed for next gen consoles and PC by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare delivers a breathtaking, new vision for the blockbuster franchise.
“We’ve made several key decisions with an eye towards creative excellence on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We’ve really approached this game differently,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “This is our first three-year development cycle. It’s our first time with Sledgehammer Games at the creative helm. And we’re shaking up the formula in several ways. New core gameplay mechanics with the exoskeleton suit. A riveting new story. An iconic new character played by one of the world’s best actors in Kevin Spacey. We’re having a lot of fun making this game, and we think the world is going to have even more fun playing it.”
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare jolts players forward in a groundbreaking experience that’s ripped-from-the-headlines-of-tomorrow, envisioning a future where both technology and tactics have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise. Set in the year 2054, a private military corporation (PMC) has emerged with the power to rescue humanity from a devastated world struggling to rebuild after a global attack on its military and infrastructure. You are the advanced soldier. Empowered with new, cutting-edge exoskeleton abilities, technological advancements and high-tech gear, players join the ranks of a highly-trained, specialized unit committed to restoring order in a state of advanced warfare.
Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare envisions battlegrounds of the future, where both technology and tactics have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise. Power changes everything on 4th November, 2014.
Call of Duty®: Ghosts Devastation DLC Pack Coming toPlayStation and Windows PC Players Thursday, 8th May, 2014
Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass Owners Can Use
Additionally, Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation brings fans the next chapter in the ongoing episodic Extinction story with "Episode 2: Mayday." In the aftermath of the events at the Nightfall Program facility in the Alaskan wilderness, the Quick Reaction Force boards a mysteriously abandoned Chinese research vessel adrift in the South Pacific Ocean. Armed with multiple, mod-able versions of the Venom-X weapons that harness the power of Cryptid technology, players will pursue Captain Archer in an attempt to uncover what's become of Dr. Cross, all while battling against a new Cryptid enemy called the "Seeder," and culminating with players facing-off against a massive, 400-foot tall Cryptid beast from the deep – the "Kraken."
Finally, Devastation arms players with the all-new tactical 2-in-1 "Ripper," a hybrid SMG/Assault Rifle. The "Ripper" is the perfect complement to Devastation's new multiplayer maps, providing two different configurations – medium to short-range capability as an SMG and medium to long-range as an Assault Rifle. Additionally, Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass holders get instant access to the “Ripper” weapon and can use it in all Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer maps now.
Call of Duty: Ghosts game sold separately and is required to play the Devastation DLC Pack.
*Content in the DLC Season Pass may be sold separately. If you purchase the DLC Season Pass, do not also purchase these standalone DLC Packs, as you will be charged for them. DLC Season Pass and DLC Packs may not be available on all platforms or in all territories. Pricing and release dates may vary by platform.
Activision have announced the release of brand new customisation options for Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. Players can now play as a host of the famous villains from the Call of Duty series including Makarov, Zakaev and Rorke in multiplayer mode.
Check out these new customisation options now available for Call of Duty: Ghosts.
· Makarov Legend Pack: Play as Vladimir Makarov, one of the most ruthless villains in Call of Duty® history. This Pack contains a Makarov Multiplayer Character and unique Personalisation Pack featuring a themed weapon camo, reticle, patch, playercard and background
· Zakhaev Special Character: Zakhaev is one of the most dangerous villains in Call of Duty® lore. Play as this insane revolutionary in Multiplayer
· Rorke Special Character: Play as Rorke, the former leader turned nemesis of the Ghosts. Take control of this battle-scarred villain in Multiplayer
· Hazmat Suit Special Character: Though it won’t protect from a hailstorm of bullets and shrapnel, the all-new Hazmat Suit ensures you will stand out from the crowd in any Multiplayer match
For more information on all the customisation options for Call of Duty: Ghosts visit the in-game store
Much like the Steam free weekend last month (which drove me to pick up Ghosts) Xbox360 users will soon get the chance to try the latest COD title for free.
This kind of promotion makes a lot of sense as sometimes the cost risk balance is too high but by playing a slimmed down multiplayer you can see what you are really investing in.
I hope this will start a trend of free weekends across al platforms but we will have to wait and see what the future holds.
For the first time in Call of Duty® history, Activision and Infinity Ward, in partnership with Xbox, will be hosting a free Call of Duty®: Ghosts multiplayer demo on Xbox Live this coming weekend. Starting Friday, 7th March at 6:00 p.m. (GMT) and going through to Monday, 10th March, gamers on Xbox One and Xbox 360 will be able to jump on Xbox Live and try out Call of Duty: Ghostsmultiplayer at no cost. The demo will include three multiplayer maps – Strikezone, Warhawk, and Prison break; three multiplayer modes – Search & Rescue, Domination and Team Deathmatch; and the original Extinction game mode – Point of Contact. Come Friday, gamers will just need to sign-in to Xbox Live, download the Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer demo, and get right into a match against friends, family, and anyone else enjoying the free demo weekend.
You can Read Steph's Review of the game here. (He scored it a 4/5)
UK’s Best Call of Duty® Players Head to Los Angeles for the Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox
The best Call of Duty® players from across Europe descended on London this past weekend to battle it out in the Call of Duty® European Championships. 26 teams from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and the rest of Europe went head-to-head for a chance to represent their country at the Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox being held 28th-30th March 2014 in Los Angeles for a share of the tournament’s $1 million total prize purse.
Hosted by Activision Publishing in partnership with Gfinity, TCM Gaming from the UK & ROI were crowned the Call of Duty European Champions, picking up the €15,000 prize pot in a tense final match with Epsilon eSports.
In addition to TCM Gaming and Epsilon eSports, TEC: Intensity and Team Orbit made up the top four teams from the UK & ROI to qualify for the global Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox – the first competitive prize tournament to be held on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft – at the end of March in Los Angeles.
Over the last month, more than 500 teams across Europe competed for a spot in the European Championships. The best teams from the Call of Duty European Championships will face-off against the world’s best players in California at the global Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox.
Congratulations to TCM Gaming and good luck to all the European teams who successfully qualified for the global Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox.
The full list of teams to qualify from Europe are:
Ø TCM Gaming – UK/ROI
Ø Epsilon eSports – UK/ROI
Ø TEC: Intensity – UK/ROI
Ø Team Orbit – UK/ROI
Ø Vitality Rises – France
Ø Vitality Returns – France
Ø SK Gaming – Germany
Ø Killerfish – Germany
Ø Real Allstars – Benelux (Netherlands)
Ø Wizards – Spain
Ø Lightning Pandas – Rest of Europe (Russia)
Ø Sublime – Italy
Ø Reign Mix – Nordic (Sweden)
Activision is proud to announce the release of brand new customisation options for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Players can choose between four weapon Personalisation Packs, play as one of the Ghosts courtesy of the Special Characters pack or take to the stage as one of the most legendary Call of Duty heroes of all time with the Capt. Price Special Character and themed Personalisation Pack.
Details of each pack as follows:
· Personalisation Packs: Fight in style with the Ducky, Space Cats, Inferno and Circuit Personalisation Packs.
· Special Characters: Intimidate your enemies as one of the Ghosts. Choose from Keegan, Merrick, Hesh and Elias.
· Captain Price Legend Pack: Become one of the most legendary Call of Duty heroes of all time with the Capt. Price Special Character and themed Personalisation Pack.
· Extra Slots Pack: Increase the number of Create-a-Soldier load out slots from 6 to 10 for each character.
Details and Screens for the first DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, Onslaught available now on XboxLive
Onslaught is here. The first of four massive, Downloadable Content (DLC) Packs for Call of Duty®: Ghosts, the definitive online experience and #1 most played multiplayer title on Xbox Live for Xbox 360 kicks-off today. Launching first, exclusively on Xbox Live for both Xbox One and Xbox 360, Onslaught features four classically designed, smaller to medium sized Call of Duty® multiplayer maps delivering the fast-paced multiplayer experience fans love, the all-new “Maverick” dual-purpose Assault Rifle/Sniper Rifle and “Episode 1: Nightfall,” the first instalment in Call of Duty: Ghosts Extinction’s four-part episodic story that follows humankind’s first contact with the Cryptids.
Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught delivers a variety of new offerings for fans to dig their teeth into, starting with four new multiplayer maps.
Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught also introduces the first instalment in Extinction’s new, four-part episodic narrative with “Episode 1: Nightfall.” As the initial foray into this single, connected story that will be told across each DLC Pack launch throughout the year, “Episode 1: Nightfall” takes fans to a remote research facility hidden deep within the Alaskan wilderness, where a small recon team must infiltrate the facility to find out what happened to the mysterious Nightfall Program. This expanded Extinction storyline introduces new characters, plus two all-new alien species and debuts an exclusive Venom-X weapon that pulverises the Cryptids, as players delve deeper into the story of what happened following mankind’s first contact with the Cryptids in Colorado.
On top of the new maps and first episode of the Extinction narrative, Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught arms players with a new, dual-purpose addition to the multiplayer arsenal with the “Maverick”. Outfitted with a lightweight wood stock, the “Maverick” can be selected in either the Assault or the Sniper Rifle class, depending on players’ play style and preference.
CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ONSLAUGHT DLC PACK NOW AVAILABLE FIRST, EXCLUSIVELY ON XBOX LIVE
At a remote facility in the Alaskan wilderness, the shadowy Nightfall Program has been researching the origins of the "Alien" threat. When the scientists lose control, a small team of elite soldiers must retrieve the intel, exterminate hordes of hostile creatures and survive a three-story tall terror unlike anything they've faced before. Get ready for Episode 1: Nightfall, the first instalment in Extinction's four-part episodic narrative!
Episode 1: Nightfall is included with Onslaught, the first DLC pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Onslaught comes to Xbox LIVE on 28th January, with other platforms to follow. http://www.callofduty.com/ghosts/dlc/dlc1-onslaught
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Do you ever dream of an escape, a quick getaway from the everyday grind to just let loose and play a little Call of Duty? Well you’re in luck. Because you’re about to get CODnapped.
The CODnapper and his team of associates rescue unsuspecting fans from their ‘to do’ lists and everyday chores and deliver them to an oasis known as ONSLAUGHT, the first downloadable content pack available for Call of Duty®: Ghosts. With four new multiplayer maps, the Maverick - an all-new dual purpose Assault Rifle & Sniper Rifle, and the next instalment of Extinction, you’re going to want all the time you can get.
ONSLAUGHT arrives first on Xbox Live on January 28th, with other platforms to follow
Call of Duty Ghosts downloadable content packs: ONSLAUGHT, DEVASTATION, INVASION, AND NEMESIS are available through the games Season pass. The trailer below will give you some idea of what to expect with the highlights including extra maps and a unique 4 part episodic Extinction experience.
It looks like Ghosts is going to fight for the gamers wallets for the whole year.
Get ready for a full season of amazing content with the Call of Duty®: Ghosts Season Pass. With the Season Pass you’ll get 4 epic downloadable content packs: ONSLAUGHT, DEVASTATION, INVASION, AND NEMESIS – providing brand new multiplayer maps, bonus weapons and a completely unique 4-part episodic Extinction experience.
Also included with the Season Pass is the Team Leader Digital Pack, which comes complete with a unique MP character head, weapon camo, reticle, player patch, player card and player background.
Plus, when you purchase the Season Pass, you get instant access to bonus in-game content including the downloadable multiplayer map, FREE FALL, and the Team Leader Digital Pack, which are available to download and play now.
Upgrading to a next-gen console? Purchase the Season Pass before 31st May, 2014 and the content follows you FREE within a console family, so you can play now and upgrade later.
Some have said COD is dying but as they are leading the way in sales and game time played it seems the worries were unfounded.
With a huge player base I wonder if Sony will rue that they were not able to grab any exclusive content for the franchise?
#1 Most Played Xbox One Multiplayer Game Worldwide;
#1 Top Selling Xbox One Title at Leading North American Retailers;
#1 Xbox One Standalone Software Title in U.K.
#1 Most Played PlayStation 4 Game;
#1 Top Selling PlayStation 4 Game at Leading North American Retailers
Getting a next gen console? We've made it easy for you to upgrade your copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts, for just £9.99. If you already own a season pass for current gen, no problem, you can upgrade it for free on Next Gen consoles, and your Ghosts MP player profile will also travel with you when you upgrade.
1. Activision Sells More Than $1 Billion of Call of Duty(R): Ghosts into Retail Worldwide as of Day One
2. Call of Duty: Ghosts is Gamestop's Most Pre-ordered Next Gen Title
3. Call of Duty: Ghosts Takes over the #1 Spot on Xbox Live
4. Call of Duty: Ghosts Sets New High Watermark for Average Player Session
With the launch of Call of Duty Ghosts a matter of hours away from release its a chance to look at the sheer scale of the franchise.
Thankfully Activision have helped out with the info-graphic you can see to the left. So feast your eyes stat lovers and see why COD truly is the annual number 1.
Call of Duty: Ghost is released at midnight tonight and will be available on Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment systems, Wii U as well as PC on 5th November. Call of Duty: Ghosts will also release on the Xbox One, the all-in one games and entertainment system from Microsoft on 15th November.
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