Sledgehammer Focusing On Next-Gen for Call of Duty

February 10, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


We recently told you that Sledgehammer has become one of the three major development teams to work on the Call of Duty franchise. Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty game is due out in 2014, and Activison CEO Eric Hirshberg has now said that 2014’s game will be developed with next-gen systems in mind.

Unlike with the previous Call of Duty titles, which had to be developed for current-gen systems first and next-gen systems later, developers now have a clear picture of what the PS4 and Xbox One are capable of. Therefore, Sledgehammer can focus its efforts on taking advantage of everything the new console generation has to offer.

This also ties in with Activision’s decision to divide the series between the three studios and stagger the releases to increase the development time for each. Without being rushed by deadlines, Sledgehammer, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward will be able to use the next-gen technology to its fullest.

Hirshberg didn’t give any specific details about what Sledgehammer’s game will be like, but he seemed confident that fans will be pleased.

Fans who haven’t picked up a PS4 or Xbox One shouldn’t worry, either. You will still get to play the next Call of Duty game. It just will have been built first with the next-gen consoles in mind.

This is great news for Call of Duty fans, especially those who felt Ghosts wasn’t a true next-gen experience, but also for those who haven’t upgraded. We’re pleased to see Activision is pushing ahead into the next generation without leaving the old generation behind.

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COD Ghosts: native 1080p on PS4, upscaled from 720p for Xbox One

October 30, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Reddit, Neogaf, Twitter, Facebook and just about everything else gaming discussion related is blowing up today after Mark Rubin (Executive Producer at game developer’s Infinity Ward) confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts will run at 1080p on the Playstation 4 natively while the Xbox One version of the game will actually be upscaled from 720p to 1080p. Both systems will run the game at 60 FPS.

Rubin’s shortened Twitter post is embedded above, but here’s the full version:

Hey, been on the road last couple weeks so haven’t had a chance to update, but wanted to confirm that for Xbox One we’re 1080p upscaled from 720p. And, we’re native 1080p on PS4. We optimized each console to hit 60 FPS and the game looks great on both. Still on the road, but glad to see the great reception to Extinction. Can’t wait for next week’s launch.

This obviously isn’t good news for Xbox One fans, with many blaming the lack of native 1080p on lack of time to properly optimize the game for the X1/other programming difficulties/learning curves. PS4 fanboys are obviously laughing.

Could this effect your decision to purchase an Xbox One?

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First 1080p footage of COD: Ghosts on PS4

October 24, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


IGN has got its hands on the first direct footage of Call of Duty: Ghosts running at 1080p on the Playstation 4 and we have to say, it’s looking mighty fine! Don’t just take our word for it though, watch the video for yourself below!

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Official Call of Duty: Ghosts single player campaign trailer released

September 10, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Call of Duty: Ghosts is going to be popular, that much we know. The COD series is infamous for it’s massive sales numbers and is also the game that people “love to hate”. Yes it can be repetitive, but it’s so good!

Anyway it’s coming out on each of the platforms we cover here at – on the PS4, the Xbox One and the Wii U and developers Infinity Ward have just released the official single player campaign trailer. While multiplayer is probably the more popular mode of COD games these days, single player is of course still very important!

Have a look and let us know your thoughts – are you planning on purchasing COD: Ghosts?

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Activision blames poor Call of Duty: Ghosts pre-orders on PS4, Xbox One

August 2, 2013 by Staff - 4 Comments


The upcoming launches of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 are killing demand for Call of Duty: Ghosts pre-orders. Well, at least that’s the excuse according to Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision.

Activision held it’s earnings call with financial analysts yesterday (to explain the public company’s latest financial results and field questions) and in it, Hirshberg said that pre-orders for the next Call of Duty game are “well below” the pace set by the previous title in the CoD series, Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Hirshberg laid the blame on next-gen consoles:

Our quantitative consumer research indicates that hesitation amongst past COD pre-orderers is primarily due to not knowing which platform they will be playing on, which is natural at this time in the console transition.

The good news is that pre-orders for CoD: Ghosts are still double that of the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. Why is this good? Because that was the first game in the Black Ops iteration of the series, just like Ghosts is. The reasoning being that once gamers warm to the Ghosts series, CoD: Ghosts II should sell well (or that’s the theory).

While we think that Hirshberg has a point, it’s also fair to say that gamers are probably getting a little tired of the same “copy and paste” formula that Call of Duty games are now infamous for. The bump in graphics that we get each time a new CoD game is rolled out just isn’t enough anymore…

What do you think?

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Call of Duty: Ghosts most anticipated game, apparently

July 31, 2013 by Staff - 1 Comment


Financial analysis firm Cowen & Co has developed what it calls it’s “video game odometer” – basically a system designed to tell you how well a game will sell compared to others once it is launched. Or put another way, a method to track pre-orders.

Cowen just released the latest version of its report which has Call of Duty: Ghosts coming in top spot with an “odometer score” of 73. Note this is less than the “odometer score” that Call of Duty: Black Ops II received (it got 100), indicating that demand for COD Ghosts may not be as high this time around.

We’ve set out the top 10 list below, and found it very interesting to note that Grand Theft Auto V is down in third place with a score of only 58.4. To be honest I don’t know anyone that has a PS3 or Xbox 360 and isn’t going to purchase that game! Was also shocked to see Diablo III (the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions) ranked so highly.

What do you think of the Cowen list? Does it reflect your thoughts on upcoming games?

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  2. Watch Dogs (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  3. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)
  4. Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  5. Killzone 4: Shadow Fall (PS4)
  6. Assassin’s Creed IV (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  7. Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One)
  8. Diablo III (Xbox 360, PS3)
  9. Batman: Arkham Origins (Xbox 360, PS3)
  10. Dead Rising 3 (Xbox One)
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