Call of Duty: Ghosts is expected to be officially announced sometime in the coming days as the next title in the massively popular Call of Duty franchise. Retail listings for the game discovered online suggest a release date in November for current-generation consoles–including Wii U–and PC. However, gamers preparing for the next-generation of consoles are wondering if Call of Duty: Ghosts will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720.
Listings on retail websites suggest the new Call of Duty will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Wii U with no mention of next-gen systems. But the fact Activision is bothering with a Wii U version of the game suggests the company is willing to milk the franchise dry. A version of the game for next-gen consoles would merely be a port but it would sell nicely as a launch title and help sales for the consoles.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is expected to be a semi-sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. However, the game is expected to use an entirely new engine. This would be the first time since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which released in 2007, the franchise used a new engine. If it truly uses an improved engine, the game could have been developed with the next generation in mind. With the announcement of the next Xbox set to take place in May, the Call of Duty: Ghosts revealed this week could possibly be a port of the next-gen version of the game.
The impending announcement of a Call of Duty game comes as a surprise considering the proximity to the next Xbox reveal and E3. An unveiling of this magnitude is normally reserved for a larger setting. Activision’s decision to reveal the next installment of the first-person shooter franchise before Microsoft’s event means Call of Duty will likely be absent from the May press conference and the game may not be available for the new console at all.
Although there are signs suggesting otherwise, Call of Duty: Ghosts will likely be a next-gen title. The game is probably not being built for new Sony and Microsoft consoles but it will be ported over to the PS4 and Xbox 720. There is simply too much money at stake for both Activision and the console makers not to make a version available on next-gen consoles.