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The Charlie INTEL Staff give their thoughts on Call of Duty Ghosts

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The entire staff here at Charlie INTEL HQ have been discussing Call of Duty Ghosts non-stop since it’s reveal this past Wednesday. We thought we’d open up the discussion to our readers to see what they think about what little is known on the next Call of Duty title.


Victor (Admin, Editor, Creator of C.I.)

Based on the teaser trailer and marketing images of a war torn urban enviroment, my best guess is that Ghosts is set in “post-apocalyptic” or a “post-lost war/occupation scenario”. Fans have been tossing around “Guerrilla Faction” which is what I believe the Ghosts are. They’re possibly a group of rebel or freedom fighters who wear masks as symbol to inspire hope in civilians and fear in their enemies.

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My gut says it will have zero ties to the MW series for fear of people branding it MW4, however Infinity Ward’s Mark Ruben did describe it as “sub-brand” in the official press release which makes me think it’s branching from the MW series with possible cameos. Either way, we’re looking at a military shooter in a modern (or very near future) setting like MW was….

It sounds like Microsoft is still on board with marketing based on the timing of the full reveal. I think it’s a good bet that DLC is coming first to Microsoft consoles.


Keshav (Co-lead and writer)

Watching the teaser trailer, it comes to show that Infinity Ward is trying to revolve Call of Duty: Ghosts around a game based on “stealth.” As the title would presume, Ghosts would most likely be a game based upon stealth missions, and a team of people asked to do the dirty work for the government. The team could possibly be like the “Navy Seal 6” team that’s known for their operation with Bin Laden. This team is all about stealth with quick and fast missions to get the job done. I would think that Infinity Ward is trying to make this a futuristic game with the environment shown in the teaser, but it could also be a modern setting.

As they confirmed, Ghosts is running a “new-engine” and I hope that the engine is actually brand-new. All previous Call of Duty games have used the same engine, but slightly updated and been called “new.” Hopefully, Activision and Infinity Ward use a new “new” engine that completely changes how Call of Duty looks and feels to make it a better game.

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Even though Call of Duty: Ghosts is coming to the PS4/PS3, we should all just expect everything shown from now till release to be on Xbox 360 or “the new-Xbox” gameplay. As the game is being revealed at the MS event, it again seems that ATVI/MS have renewed their contract between the two companies.


James (Bravo INTEL writer)

The biggest part of the Call of Duty: Ghosts teaser trailer that stood out to me was the dog, presumably a German Shepherd, over the center character’s left shoulder. From what little we saw, we can tell that the dog was wearing a tactical harness, and his handler was holding the leash. There’s alot of speculation running around as to what it might mean, but what we do know is that dogs have been featured as both non-playable assisting-role characters as well as the devastating Killstreak from Call of Duty: World at War.

Using the information we saw from the teaser trailer, we can translate it to real world scenarios. Many of you might not know that a dog by the name of “Cairo” was used during the Osama Bin Laden raid in Pakistan. Dogs have been used in combat for decades in a multitude of jobs such as Special Operations, EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) Tracking Teams, and SRT (Search and Rescue Teams).

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What does this mean for Call of Duty: Ghosts though? Will we be seeing the return of a devastating dog-based Killstreak? Or does Infinity Ward have something special planned more on par with something like Dead to Rights: Retribution where you can actually control the dog and he helps you during combat? Nevertheless whatever Infinity Ward decides to do, we’re curious to see what the dog in the teaser trailer actually means for Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Though many are disregarding the fact that in “Modern Warfare 2: Ghost” that tells the back story of Simon “Ghost” Riley as being relevant to Call of Duty: Ghosts, we cant rule out the fact that they described multiple “Ghosts” and not just one. This leads me to believe that Call of Duty: Ghosts is actually a prequel to the Modern Warfare series and that we may just in fact see the return of Simon “Ghost” Riley although Infinity Ward has stated that they will be using new characters. If I was a betting man, I would say we will see the return of “Ghost” in his pre-Modern Warfare days, maybe even before he actually became the “Ghost” we know him as.


Matthew (European Corespondent)

From the teaser trailer I got the idea that Ghosts would be based around a small group of Special Forces who are protecting their people. It seems the environment or setting for Ghosts will be dull with destruction creating the best possible scenario for both stealth and skill within a Call of Duty title yet.

It appears that the game doesn’t continue as a sequel to Modern Warfare 3 (although I actually wanted it to be), the reason being is that the current marketing and trailer did not link or reference it whats so ever and it’s obviously not part of the title. I get the feeling that its going to be something rather new and its going to be more focused on stealth and tactics as far as gameplay is concerned.

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The media seems to be predicting that Black Ops 2 sales numbers couldn’t be beaten by any other game, but from the hype I saw the other day as the trailer was released I believe they’re wrong. With the strong positive vibe and attitudes shown from the community I’m hoping that both Infinity Ward and Activision will feed that back into the community by making the reveal very community based in a way that everyone can get involved (take the mosaic as an example).


Derek (C.I. Clan Leader)

The teaser trailer and marketing art we’ve received so far gives only enough to speculate on. I personally feel that while Ghosts is set to become a new sub-series (in line with Modern Warfare and Black Ops), it will pay homage to the character Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley in a subtle, yet significant way. It seems clear to me that the group of individuals at the end of the teaser are a band of revolutionary force (be it professional or not), and they’re on a mission to fix something.

The teaser hints at how masks are used to stick up for one’s beliefs, to invoke fear into the enemy, and to protect us all. These “Ghosts” seem to be some sort of rebellious group looking to cause change. I would equate them and their skull balaclavas to the modern-day hacktivists Anonymous and their Guy Fawkes masks.

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Drift0r gave us the interesting concept of being forced to revert to previous weaponry (our current-gen weaponry, presumably M4s, AK-47s, etc.). If we’re forced to revert to such equipment which require no electricity or power (in comparison with BO2’s near-future style equipment), I can only wonder what would cause us to revert. The only thing that comes to mind is an EMP or something equally destructive of technology. The teaser was set in ruins.

With Ghosts being revealed at the Xbox Event on May 21st, I can only assume that Microsoft is yet again going to have the upper hand on Call of Duty this year. I’m pretty glad the whole storyline hasn’t been leaked this year (yet) as it actually gives me a reason to look forward to a reveal.

Let us know in the comments below if you agree on anything or just to share your thoughts too…

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Microsoft explain why Call of Duty will stay on PlayStation after Xbox exclusivity rumors

Microsoft have reiterated their claim that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation and gave one simple reason why.

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Both PlayStations fans and Sony itself have expressed concern over Call of Duty becoming Xbox and PC exclusive, but Microsoft have reiterated their claim that the games will remain on PlayStation, giving one simple reason why.

Microsoft announced their shock buyout of Activision Blizzard back in January 2022, with the deal set to close in Summer 2023. While Microsoft previously stated that there are no plans to make Call of Duty Xbox and PC-exclusive, Sony still expressed concern.

As reported by VGC, Microsoft responded to these concerns in a document sent to Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE). Here, they accused Sony of blocking games from Xbox Game Pass and reiterated that it “wouldn’t be profitable” to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation.

Microsoft acquired Bethesda back in 2021, and have already started making their games, such as Starfield, Xbox and PC exclusive. However, in this document, Microsoft insisted that Sony shouldn’t worry about Call of Duty being removed from PlayStation.

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“Regardless of how unsurprising Sony‘s criticism of content exclusivity is – given that PlayStation’s entire strategy has been centered on exclusivity over the years – the reality is that the strategy of retaining Activision Blizzard’s games by not distributing them in rival console shops would simply not be profitable for Microsoft,” claimed Microsoft.

Microsoft gave several reasons why they wouldn’t remove future Call of Duty games from PlayStation, but it all boiled down to profit.

“The hypothetical adoption of any content discontinuation strategy would not be profitable for Microsoft and, even if implemented, such strategies would have no competitive impact, for the reasons described above,” concluded Microsoft.

There are also reports that there are contractual agreements that ensure the next three Call of Duty games will be on both Xbox and PlayStation. Rumors suggest that Call of Duty 2024 will be developed by Treyarch, and Activision have even teased a new premium game for 2023.

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Huge Black Ops 4 campaign leak reveals scrapped ‘Career’ mode details & concept art

Black Ops 4’s scrapped campaign has reportedly appeared online in a huge leak showing off concept art and breaking down a ton of details.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 went against the norm by opting to skip a campaign, despite it reportedly being in development for some time. Four years later, a leak puts together a ton of information about the scrapped ‘Career’ mode which was set to be an online 2v2 experience.

While Call of Duty players typically enjoy the blockbuster campaigns, it’s arguably multiplayer that brings them back year after year. Despite rumors suggesting that a Black Ops 4 Campaign was in development, the game launched in 2018 without a single-player mode.

Now, almost four years later with Modern Warfare 2 on the horizon, a ton of info has dropped detailing exactly what Black Ops 4’s campaign mode could have been.

Reddit user Purpletoaster20 said this huge post in the GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit was the result of “months of research & discussion with people who have inside knowledge of this mode,” and it includes images of internal powerpoints, concept art, and a detailed breakdown of each mission.

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The campaign was dubbed ‘Career’ and would be an online 2v2 mode where players would “race to the finish” against the opposing duo, and whichever side won would affect how the rest of the session would progress.

Taking place in a post-Black Ops 3 2070, there would be “The Year of Chaos” after a pandemic and climate disasters would “heavily diminish the world’s resources.”

Each duo would pick their preferred faction, and then need to battle against AI to complete their objectives ahead of the other team. Plus, there would also be PvP sections with Blackout mechanics, where death would result in respawning back at a base near to the action.

This mode would have counted towards player progression, with each Black Ops 4 season adding several new missions for players to complete.

Four missions were “nearly complete,” and the Reddit user detailed them all in the Reddit post. In these missions, players had to complete Call of Duty-esque objectives such as blowing up convoys and hacking and defending terminals.

But why was this huge mode canceled? According to the Reddit user, it was “due to technical issues & the overall gameplay loop being described as too repetitive,” as well as the release being pushed forward by a month. They also claim that the leaked gameplay wasn’t from the campaign, but was actually from a Specialist HQ mode.

The Reddit user said they’ll be putting all of this information together in a 30-minute video on August 18.


Modern Warfare 2 brings a fully-fledged campaign that will reportedly arrive ahead of the full game’s launch, so be sure to check out everything we know about the single-player.

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Players share Call of Duty Next reveal wishlist for Modern Warfare 2 & Warzone 2

With the Call of Duty Next event set to showcase MW2 and Warzone 2, players reveal exactly what they’re desperate to see.

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The upcoming Call of Duty Next event is set to deliver a full Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal as well as new Warzone 2 information. Here’s what players are desperate to see from the event.

During Call of Duty Champs, the biggest competitive CoD event of the year, Activision and Infinity Ward brought Call of Duty Next to the community’s attention. This one-of-a-kind event that will be broadcast on September 15 is set to tease the future of the Call of Duty franchise.

The event will include a full Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal, as well as new details concerning the Warzone 2 project and a mobile version of Warzone. With a ton of new information expected to shock the community, here’s what players are hoping to see most.

CharlieIntel took to Twitter to ask CoD players what they’re hoping to see from the highly-anticipated Call of Duty Next broadcast. While the details concerning Warzone 2 are shrouded in mystery, it’s safe to expect gameplay footage of Modern Warfare 2.

Keep in mind that Modern Warfare 2 is set to release on October 28, and with all eyes on Call of Duty Next, it’ll be a great opportunity to build some excitement. Some players in the replies had very specific expectations, while others wish to see more of the game’s technical aspects.

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This is a great example of the technical side of Modern Warfare 2, and by expected association Warzone 2, that we’ve yet to fully discover. Gun mechanisms and how they feel while firing lay the groundwork for the game’s tone. Modern Warfare 2 Gameplay will likely be heavily influenced by how intuitive the guns feel in players’ hands.

Furthermore, the loadouts and the gunsmith feature are another vital technical aspect. While these aren’t the flashiest concerns, they go a long way in setting the foundation for a high-quality experience. After all, players love to customize and tweak aspects of the game when they’re not engaged in battle.

While we already have some major information about Modern Warfare 2’s gunsmith, including the ability to tweak certain attachment characteristics, hopefully, Call of Duty Next will provide even more insight.

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While the gameplay is set to take center stage, it’s not beyond belief that Call of Duty Next could showcase various game modes. Perhaps the broadcast will mark the official reveal of the rumored DMZ mode.

However, fans of multiplayer will have their fingers crossed for something they’ve been wanting for what seems like ages: “League play at launch.”

Call of Duty fans looking for a top-tier competitive mode have been let down in recent years. Either they’ve had to wait months after release to receive a Ranked Play mode, or in the case of Modern Warfare, it came without Skill Divisions or an ELO system.

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FaZe Testy replying with an image of the iconic Intervention sniper gives us a specific weapon request. Surely, the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal is going to include gameplay footage. Of course, with gameplay footage comes the inevitable reveal of weapons.

It remains to be seen if classic Call of Duty weapons will feature in Modern Warfare 2, but players are surely going to lose their minds if the Intervention makes its way to the game. The Sniper is undoubtedly one of the most beloved weapons in Call of Duty history.

That just about wraps up some of the most intriguing hopes and wishes for the upcoming Call of Duty Next event. Don’t forget to tune into the broadcast on September 15 to find out if any of these desires come to fruition.


For more, check out how leaked Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer images seem to confirm that factions are back.

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