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Infinity Ward talks Call of Duty: Ghosts - "making Modern Warfare 4 would have been the safe thing to do"

"We're building a new sub-brand, a new engine, and a lot of new ideas and experiences for our players."

Infinity Ward and Activision execs have broken their silence over development of Call of Duty: Ghosts, describing the game as a new "sub-brand" that will introduce "a lot of new ideas and experiences" on current and next generation consoles.

"Infinity Ward set the gold standard for first-person action for a generation, and they're going to do it again with Call of Duty: Ghosts," Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg commented in a release that's also a fearsome show of solidarity between publishers, manufacturers and retailers.

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"Ghosts delivers an all-new story, all-new characters, an all-new Call of Duty world, all powered by a next generation Call of Duty engine, which is a leap forward for the franchise," he went on. "Infinity Ward is going all-in to create the next generation of Call of Duty worthy of the world's greatest fans."

"Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we're not resting on our laurels," put in Infinity Ward's executive producer Mark Rubin. "We saw the console transition as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter for Call of Duty. So we're building a new sub-brand, a new engine, and a lot of new ideas and experiences for our players. We can't wait to share them with our community."

The game will get a thorough reveal at Microsoft's next generation Xbox event on the 21st, pointing to a new exclusivity partnership 'twixt the companies.

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"We are consistently thrilled with the overwhelming response received from critics and consumers alike to the Call of Duty series, which has firmly established its home on the Xbox 360 with the game's largest and most engaged community," Microsoft's IEB boss Don Mattrick observed in the selfsame release. "With Call of Duty: Ghosts, we have no doubt that our longtime partners, Activision and Infinity Ward, will raise the bar higher than ever before for this incredible franchise."

"There's no other video game property like Call of Duty. It's the biggest game franchise on the planet that has had some of the biggest game entertainment launches in history", Gamestop's president Tony Bartel added. "We are very excited for the launch of Call of Duty: Ghosts, as we transition to next generation consoles."

Should all this be sufficiently convincing, you can preorder the game now. I wouldn't though. I mean, all we know about Ghosts at present is that there are men with funny masks in it. There's the trailer. It's out 5th November.

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