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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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When will Call of Duty games be added to Xbox Game Pass?

After Microsoft’s $70 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard, CoD fans are wondering when the franchise will be added to Xbox Game Pass.

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On January 18, Microsoft stunned the gaming community with a reported $70 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard which has left gamers wondering when Call of Duty games will be added to Xbox Game Pass.

The shocking news of Microsoft’s takeover will have massive implications on the Call of Duty franchise moving forward. Early reports from Microsoft suggest that they currently do not have plans of making Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive.

As of now, one can only guess where Microsoft will take the franchise in the future but it’s safe to say CoD games could be making their way to Xbox Game Pass.

When will Call of Duty games be added to Xbox Game Pass

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At the moment there is no official date for when Call of Duty will be added to Xbox Game Pass. However, we will be updating this article as more information about Microsoft’s future plans are revealed.

It’s being reported that the buyout should be complete before June 2023 therefore CoD 2023 may turn out to be the first title to appear on Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s video game subscription service that launched in 2017. For a monthly fee, gamers are granted access to a rotating catalog of games. This service isn’t exclusive to Xbox console owners as Android, iOS devices, and PC players can also access the subscription.

Although the takeover still needs to be finalized, Call of Duty fans are already eagerly anticipating the possibility that future Call of Duty games will make their way to Xbox Game Pass.

Obviously, the benefit of adding Call of Duty to the Xbox Game Pass catalog is not lost on fans of the franchise. Not only would they save money but the day one access is a significant bonus for longtime CoD fans.

The service essentially took over from the iconic Xbox Live subscription offered to Xbox gamers. Xbox Game Pass is now a one-stop shop for all of the premium services offered by Microsoft.


For more Call of Duty news check out how a CoD leaker revealed a possible Modern Warfare 2 early release date after Vanguard issues.

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Microsoft to acquire Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard

Microsoft have officially announced that they have acquired Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard in a deal costing nearly $70 billion.

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Microsoft has announced that they’re set to acquire Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard in a deal nearing $70 billion.

Xbox owner Microsoft has announced that they’re taking over Activision Blizzard, the publisher behind Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch.

Microsoft said on January 18, 2022, that they’re acquiring Activision, Blizzard, and King for nearly $70 billion to “bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone, across every device.” They’ve also announced plans to bring Activision Blizzard titles to Xbox Game Pass in the future.

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In a post on the Xbox website, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said that “we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog.”

And not only that, they said that “Microsoft and Activision Blizzard will empower players to enjoy the most-immersive franchises, like “Halo” and “Warcraft,” virtually anywhere they want.” We’ll need to wait and see how involved Activision Blizzard will be with Microsoft’s franchises such as Halo.

Activision currently have a partnership with Sony, giving Call of Duty players on PlayStation exclusive cosmetics, Double XP events, and more. With Activision moving to Microsoft, the Sony deal will presumably end.

But, it’s unlikely that Call of Duty will become Xbox and PC exclusive, as Microsoft said: “Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed on a variety of platforms and we plan to continue to support those communities moving forward.”

The deal will cost Microsoft “$95.00 per share, in an all-cash transaction valued at $68.7 billion,” which makes it “the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony.”

Phil Spencer said that “until this transaction closes, Activision Blizzard and Microsoft Gaming will continue to operate independently.” Current CEO Bobby Kotick will remain in charge, but once the deal, which is set to close in the fiscal year 2023, is completed, Activision Blizzard will report to Spencer.

Activision Blizzard is currently being investigated by the SEC over sexual misconduct and discrimination allegations. Phil Spencer announced, “Microsoft is committed to our journey for inclusion in every aspect of gaming, among both employees and players” and said that “We hold all teams, and all leaders, to this commitment.”

This is a developing story, so we’re likely to know more about the deal in the coming months.

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CoD Points price: How to buy, spend & do they carry over

CoD Points are the official currency of Call of Duty. Check out CoD Point prices, where to buy them, and whether they transfer between games.

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Activision’s in-game currency lets players purchase cosmetics for their characters, and we’ve got everything you need to know about CoD Points prices, how to buy them, and all the items you can spend them on.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game, requiring players to spend their own currency named CoD Points to acquire them.

CoD Points can be purchased in-game using the menu systems in games like Vanguard or Warzone or through console marketplaces like the PS Store or Xbox Marketplace.

The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. With Vanguard and Warzone offering special Attack on Titan and Christmas skins as well as unique weapon Blueprints for popular weapons, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend CoD Points.

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CoD Points prices

There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying CoD Points that are tailored to different needs.

Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas others need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.

Here are the different prices for the various CoD Points bundles:

  • 200 CoD Points: $1.99 / £1.79
  • 500 CoD Points: $4.99 / £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) CoD Points: $9.99 / £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) CoD Points: $19.99 / £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $39.99 / £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) CoD Points: $74.99 / £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $99.99 / £84.99
  • 15,000 (+6,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $149.99 / £123.99
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How to buy COD Points

You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.

There are four ways you can buy COD Points:

  • PC players can purchase CoD Points on the Battle.net website
  • PS4 & PS5 players can purchase CoD Points in the PS Store on their console, or on the PlayStation website
  • Xbox Series X, Series S, or One players can buy CoD Points on the Xbox Marketplace on their console, or the official Microsoft Store website
  • Select physical retailers stock vouchers and gift cards with a code that players can redeem for CoD Points.

Where to spend CoD Points

Spending your CoD Points is incredibly easy, with players able to purchase cosmetic bundles and Blueprints in the in-game store.

The stores are available in Vanguard, Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare, so you can kit out your character regardless of your preferred title.

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Do CoD Points carry over across games?

The good news is that your CoD Points will transfer across your Call of Duty games, as they are linked to your Activision account.

Players who still have CoD Points in their account from Black Ops Cold War don’t need to worry, as they will automatically be in your account when turning to Vanguard.

What can I buy with COD Points?

Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.

Battle Pass

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A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are currently in Season 1 at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.

It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of Season 1, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough CoD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.

You can buy the Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods:

Bundles

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The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.

The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.

Also, check out when Vanguard Season 2 and Warzone Pacific Season 2 are set to begin.

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