If you're any kind of console or PC gamer, you won't be in the least bit surprised to learn there's a new Call of Duty gaming coming out this holiday season. A new annual COD game seems as sure a thing as a big ball dropping in Times Square on New Year's Eve.
Activision made Call of Duty: Ghosts official yesterday. If you're a fan of the series you can rest easy — you'll get your new title this fall — but I was most interested in some of the outlying aspects of the announcement. It's due out on November 5th for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, but Activision also said it's coming for next generation platforms. They obviously don't give a date for the next gen release but it seems to imply, at least, that Call of Duty: Ghost will be, if not a launch title, at least in the launch window of the PS4 and next Xbox.
Lending more credibility to the launch title idea is the fact that Activision will show off Ghosts on May 21st during the "Xbox: the Next Generation Revealed" event that Microsoft is holding to introduce its new console. If Microsoft is showing it off, it'll almost certainly be a launch title at least for the Xbox Durango (and it'll probably have exclusive content on Microsoft's platform). I wouldn't be surprised if the launch came a few weeks later for PS4. Activision and Microsoft have traditionally been pretty close partners.
There's some PS4 news today too. Game retailer Gamestop holds an expo (cleverly named GameStop EXPO) every summer to show off the holiday's hot titles. This year the expo is open to the public. Tickets are $35 for standard and $90 for a VIP pass that gets you in early and offers access to some exclusive titles.
Gamestop officially announced that Sony will be at GameStop EXPO 2013 with the Playstation 4 in tow. Attendees can get "an in-depth look at the new console and its exciting launch lineup." You can register now for the EXPO which takes place on August 28th, 2013 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, NV, or you can read GameStop's press release for more details.
I'm still not convinced I need a new game console, but I have to admit I'm starting to get pretty excited to see what Sony, Microsoft, and the 3rd party developers have in store for us this year. It's been quite a while since we've had this 'big' a video gaming year.
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