Call Of Duty: Ghosts was revealed to be the next COD title after a pair of accidental leaks from retailers Tesco and Target not only confirmed the game, but put the box art online for all to see. Obviously, this is a bit of a "whoops" moment for the retail giants, but it's not like Call of Duty: Ghosts was a well-kept secret.
The COD franchise is all about annual releases these days, so a Call of Duty: Ghosts release date was all but guaranteed to happen this year. So, what did fans get to see in the Call of Duty: Ghosts release date leaks?
The more damaging of the two Call of Duty: Ghosts leaks comes from Target. The retailer accidentally ran the following advertisement that gave away the Call of Duty: Ghosts release date.
First off, that's a pretty damn good deal. $10 off any game just for making a $1 reservation on Call of Duty: Ghosts? Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good. The real info, obviously, is the Call of Duty: Ghosts release date Target slips in there. A November 5 launch fits with the standard COD timetable, as virtually every single COD title has launched in November.
A November release date was also discussed during an Activision shareholder meeting back in February. And November 5 is a Tuesday, which is always THE day for media releases in the U.S.. Until Activision confirms this, obviously, the information isn't wholly reliable. But based on everything seen in the ad, and the date they've chosen, it appears legit. It also gets an assist since it's not the only Call of Duty: Ghosts leak making the rounds online today.
The second Call of Duty: Ghosts leak comes to us from UK retailer Tesco. Tesco apparently posted the box art and a retail listing for Call of Duty: Ghosts on their website by mistake, but didn't take it down fast enough. And by "fast enough" we mean within a nanosecond of it going up before it was screen grabbed by the people who screengrab these sorts of things. The image on the box art, of an unknown soldier pulling on a mask similar to the one worn by ghost in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 should not come as a surprise to anyone who's been following the rumors about this year's COD title.
Back in March, we reported on an instagram leak of a promotional poster a reporter for Official Playstation Magazine saw while at the COD headquarters. The image shows a soldier, again wearing a mask similar to Ghost's, along with a date of 11-12-13 and the phrase "Ghosts Will Rise." While the date on the leaked poster contradicts the date that ran in the leaked Target ad, it should be noted the promo poster was sitting in the COD office and was by no means meant for public display at the time. So the Call of Duty: Ghosts release date could have changed from Nov. 12 to Nov. 5, or the leaked Target ad might just have the date wrong.
So, what can fans expect from Call of Duty: Ghosts? A YouTube leak earlier this month from Drift0r revealed some of the gameplay mechanics that will be a part of the next COD title, which was rumored to be Modern Warfare 4 at the time.
Dolphin diving makes a return in the new COD title. Not the dolphin diving you may remember from earlier games, but something close. Instead of just going from a full-on sprint to a prone position, the new dolphin dive move featured in Call of Duty: Ghosts' multiplayer will let players slide on their knees and fire their weapon at the same time. Odds are this won't include scope-enabled aiming, but still, this adds a pretty intriguing layer of depth to multiplayer maneuvers.
In addition to the new-and-improved dolphin diving, there are a few more movement features coming to Call of Duty: Ghosts' multiplayer mode. According to the leak, the leaning feature found in PC versions will make its way to consoles, allowing players to peek around corners in multiplayer mode. Leaning out from cover isn't revolutionary, so it's nice to see Activision finally getting around to putting it on the console versions.
The final movement mechanic featured in the leak is the ability to roll while lying prone on the ground, according to their inside source. This is a HUGE step past the current, sluggish system that has you either crouching, then standing, then running when you start to take fire while lying prone, or trying to crawl a few inches to the side to get out of the line of fire.
Again, ALL of the rumors, leaks and details are unconfirmed so we won't know anything official until Activision says something. But it looks like the cat is out of the bag and ruining toilet paper, so maybe it's time for them to tell us what we already know: a new COD is coming this November.
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