Feature: Call of Duty Announcement May 1st: Our Predictions
Yesterday UK retailer Tesco leaked the box art for Call of Duty: Ghosts, pretty much confirming that the next entry in the very long running series will indeed be Call of Duty: Ghosts.
We’ve previously heard from Activision that “all will be revealed” on May 1st, but what exactly will it be? Well, I spent twenty minutes in the bath last night, the perfect place to relax and think about stuff that will in no shape or form make any difference to my life, or yours. I started wondering what would be revealed. Would it just be the name? Maybe a short trailer? Or maybe some gameplay? Multiplayer details? The ability to order a Subway sandwich from within the game?
First off, I’m pretty sure they’ll want to show off a trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts, so that’s my first prediction. Secondly, we’ll find out what platforms it’s coming to, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC are a given, but will it be released on the next-gen consoles? The PlayStation 4 and Next-Xbox are supposedly set to release around the same time, so why wouldn’t Activision want to try and grab some cash from the new crowd?
Then there’s the PS Vita. Last years Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified was a disrespect to gamers, consumers and our intelligence, not to mention a studio also got screwed over in the process. In all fairness to Nihilistic, the team who developed the game, they had limited time and resources and were under pressure to put out a game within a time frame that suited Activision and Sony.
Last week a listing for “Call of Duty 2013” for the PS Vita appeared on ZMArt, hinting that another Call of Duty would be getting released on the Vita. We also know that Neversoft are working on Call of Duty, but without their logo plastered on the box art for Call of Duty: Ghosts, I reckon they’re working on a port for the PS Vita.
This may seem like the height of optimism, but I reckon we’ll see Call of Duty: Ghosts ported in full, albeit with a few graphical adjustments, to the PS Vita. Before Nihilistic were working on Black Ops Declassified, Vicarious Visions were supposedly working on a full port of Black Ops 2 for the PS Vita, but for whatever reason it got scrapped and passed on to the now defunct Nihilistic.
Next, the Nintendo DS and 3DS. The DS has played host to a whole load of Call of Duty games over the years whilst the PSP sat in the sidelines with it’s sad face on. Maybe this year the 3DS will get a decent version that utilises the optional additional analogue stick, or maybe not. There’s a good chance we’ll see a spin off of sorts for the DS, but a 3DS version is looking unlikely, though it would be welcomed.
Lastly, Call of Duty Elite. The service that tracks your progress and acts a social hub for the online homicidal, bazooka wielding fans of the series. I’m probably jumping the gun, but I think we’ll see a few changes to the service. Maybe deeper integration within the game, more connectivity with Facebook, Twitter and whatever else people use to spy on their ex’s these days. Maybe even some new paid features, though that would obviously be bad for us, we want it all for free! (No, I’m not “entitled” I just love a good bargain, or better yet, a freebie!)
So there you have it, whether any of this comes true or not, it won’t affect our lives, it’s just a bit of fun. We’ll find out on May 1st if I’m a delusional idiot or a man sent back from the future to save mankind from needless gossip and rumours.
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