Call of Duty

April 26, 2015 | 10:00 a.m.

Robots and women share the battlefield in ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’

"Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" boasts cybernetic-enhanced soldiers. (Treyarch / Activision)
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. The future-set “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3” makes some bold predictions about combat in the decades to come. Soldiers, for instance, will be outfitted with robotic arms, giving them super-human strength. Additionally, women will be just as prevalent on the front lines as their male counterparts. The Treyarch-developed “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3,” due Nov. 6 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, is the first in the blockbuster franchise to allow fans to play as a female character for the entirety of the campaign. Or even play as a whole mini-squadron of women, as “Black Ops 3” will blur the lines between single and multiplayer games and allow up to four people to play the campaign cooperatively via an online connection (or play split-screen with a friend). It’s a […]
Aug. 14, 2013 | 3:53 p.m.

‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’: Female soldiers join online multiplayer ranks

"Call of Duty: Ghosts" is bringing female characters to multiplayer. (Infinity Ward / Activision)
Infinity Ward and Activision unveiled a host of online multiplayer features this morning for the latest entry in the “Call of Duty” franchise, but one of the most surprising had to do not with a weapon or co-op mode, but with the gender of a character, At the conclusion of a new trailer for this November’s “Call of Duty: Ghosts” — the clip features a previously unreleased song from Eminem — a sniper levels a gas station. Cut to a close-up of the previously unseen soldier’s face and, in a rarity for the “Call of Duty” franchise, the shooter is shown to be a woman. Female characters have cropped up from time to time in the “Call of Duty” series, but never before in what’s long been a boys-character-only club of online multiplayer. It’s a second “first” when it comes […]
May 23, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ wows Xbox One unveiling with a dog

Swim with sharks in the latest "Call of Duty" game. (Infinity Ward / Activision)
“Call of Duty: Ghosts,” the latest iteration of the first-person-shooter franchise, is due out in the winter but was shown at Tuesday’s Xbox One launch event. Surprisingly, it wasn’t new weapons and exotic, war-torn locales that dominated the grand unveiling of the sure-to-be blockbuster game. It was a dog. Mark Rubin, executive producer for Infinity Ward (the developer of “Call of Duty: Ghosts”), says the dog will key into how players strategize throughout the game. A promo video shown Tuesday noted that the dog is “someone you care about, a squad member, who does everything from sniffing out explosives to protecting the team.”  “Ghosts” is due Nov. 5 for the Xbox 360, PC and PS3. No release date has been set for the Xbox One and other next-gen consoles. The dog is just one of many advances in “Ghosts,” the first […]
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