FragHero is reporting the leak of Call of Duty: Ghosts 2, ousted by the February edition of UK magazine Games TM. The article in question, which also reveals a 'November 2016' release date for Ghosts 2, runs down “2016's Most Wanted Games.”
Check out a screenshot of the issue from Segment Next below:
We already knew that Infinity Ward, the development team behind the terrific Modern Warfare trilogy as well as the decidedly less terrific Ghosts, were busy building the next chapter in Activision's world-dominating FPS franchise.
What's a little surprising is the news that IW has decided to return to their most poorly received title. Granted, the first Ghosts campaign ended on a rather tantalizing cliffhanger, but story has long since ceased to be a component even COD's most ardent fans flock to.
Activision know this. It's the reason they introduced the Black Ops III Multiplayer Starter Pack, a cheaper edition of the game that only grants access to its competitive multiplayer modes. IW have got their work cut out for them if they're to win players over with an engaging narrative experience.
The writers at Games TM seem similarly concerned about the decision to follow Ghosts up with a sequel:
When creative strategist Robert Bowling exited Infinity Ward in 2012, he put the departure down to the studio doing “too much ‘pew pew’ not enough new new.” We got a look at what he meant with the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts – a solid, yet unspectacular next-gen debut for the franchise. Infinity Ward will have had three years to work on a follow up, and it needs to showcase the same creative spark that once put in on the map with Modern Warfare back in ’08 if it wants any chance of standing shoulder to shoulder with Sledgehammer and Treyyarch.
But hey, if any one can do it, its the OG Modern Warfare squad.
If the leak is legit, Call of Duty: Ghosts 2 will be releasing in November 2016.
[Source: FragHero, SegmentNext]