Call Of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer details
The latest Call of Duty, Ghosts, has had a flurry of details revealed about the online component...
It's safe to say most would agree that the single player element of Call of Duty isn't the main drawing factor to Activision's flogged-horse FPS. Call of Duty has always been about the multiplayer, despite some great storytelling earlier on in the series' recent run. So, it makes perfect sense that Activision should hold an elaborate multiplayer reveal for Call of Duty: Ghosts, which has seen a host of new additions and refinements to its online action, including new game modes and reworked AI.
The new modes to grace the game include Cranked, which boosts your character for a limited time after a kill. This soon ends, however, unless you kill another foe before the time runs out.
Search and Rescue works similarly to the existing mode of Search and Destroy, but this time your team mates have to pick up your dog tag if you're downed in order for you to respawn. Taking an opponents dog tag first stop them respawning.
A major focus of the reveal was the new solo and co-op 'Squads' functionality, which allows players to create custom AI squads that can fight along side them in various new modes. The modes include Squad Vs Squad, which pits you and your team against another player and their created squad, and Wargame which will let you hand pick five of your team to play against an AI-only team.
Squad Assault will be a six-player co-op mode that'll let you and some friends take on the AI squads of other players offline, and the new Safeguard mission will be a four player co-op option where players will be tasked with surviving waves of AI opponents.
The Squads modes will all offer all the perks and benefits of actual online play, complete with experience which counts towards your normal multiplayer levelling. The AI used for the squads and enemy bots will also be greatly improved, allowing for much more realistic competition.
Thanks to the Squads mode, Ghosts will feature more in the way of customisation than previous titles in the series. The usual load out customisation will be included, of course, as well as the options needed to create and customise your squad of AI team mates. Oh, and you'll also be able to play as a female soldier, a first for the series.
Other new features were also revealed, including demonstrations of the dynamic maps, which feature events than can change the battlefield. The 'Field Order' ability will allow players to give out side mission using dropped suitcases. These are picked up by another team member who then gets a mission to get a certain number of kills, for example.
More than 30 new weapons will be included in the game, along with a new weapon class, the marksman rifle. This will be a halfway house between snipers and marksmen, offering accuracy and fire rate. Death Streaks are no more, but there are over 20 new Killstreaks, including remote control UAVs equipped with grenade launchers.
Also announced was the inclusion of Call of Duty Elite for mobile and tablets. This will keep tabs on your career stats and allow you to customise your character. The app will also support clans, allowing you to manage your team, send invites and even take part in a mini-game using clan XP to level up your team.
You can see the multiplayer trailers below, including the multiplayer reveal and the new squad functions.
Call of Duty: Ghosts will be released on November 5 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. It'll also arrive on launch for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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