‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Coming to Xbox 360, PS3, PC on November 5th [Video]

Call of Duty: Ghosts, the next game in the famous franchise, is scheduled for release on Nov. 5, Activision said today.

Publisher Activision announced today that the highly expected installment in its successful “Call of Duty” franchise will be titled “Call of Duty: Ghosts” and feature a new story and characters.

The above trailer shows several warriors in masks, from modern-day fighters to medieval knights, and implies that everyone wears masks for different reasons. It closes with the same masked “Ghost” closeup.

Activision Blizzard Inc. said the next game in the franchise will be released Nov. 5 for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and next-generation consoles.

The game is being created by Infinity Ward, the Encino, Calif., studio that developed the original installment and reignited the military first-person shooter franchise with 2007’s “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” and its two sequels, The Miami Herald writes.

“‘Ghosts’ delivers an all-new story, all-new characters, an all-new ‘Call of Duty’ world, all powered by a next generation ‘Call of Duty’ engine, which is a leap forward for the franchise,” Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said in a statement.

“Infinity Ward is going all-in to create the next generation of ‘Call of Duty’ worthy of the world’s greatest fans,” he added.

“Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we’re not resting on our laurels,” said Mark Rubin, executive producer of developer Infinity Ward.

“We saw the console transition as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter for Call of Duty. So we’re building a new sub-brand, a new engine, and a lot of new ideas and experiences for our players. We can’t wait to share them with our community.”

The franchise fans will be able to have the first look at Call of Duty: Ghosts tune in to Xbox: the Next Generation Revealed on May 21 at 10AM PDT on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE or SPIKE TV for the debut of the all-new game from Infinity Ward.

“We are consistently thrilled with the overwhelming response received from critics and consumers alike to the Call of Duty series, which has firmly established its home on the Xbox 360 with the game’s largest and most engaged community,” said Don Mattrick, president of the interactive entertainment business at Microsoft.

“With Call of Duty: Ghosts, we have no doubt that our longtime partners, Activision and Infinity Ward, will raise the bar higher than ever before for this incredible franchise.”

According to the publisher, since Wednesday, fans can begin pre-ordering their copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts at retail outlets worldwide.

“There’s no other video game property like Call of Duty. It’s the biggest game franchise on the planet that has had some of the biggest game entertainment launches in history,” said Tony Bartel, president of GameStop. “We are very excited for the launch of Call of Duty: Ghosts, as we transition to next generation consoles.”

As Mashable writes, for more than five years, the action-packed “Call of Duty” franchise has garnered unprecedented success.

The previous “Call of Duty” installment, Treyarch’s futuristic “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” overpassed the $1 billion mark in worldwide retail sales 15 days after it was released. Infinity Ward’s “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” hit the $1 billion mark in 16 days after its 2011 debut.

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