This title will be developed by Infinity Ward – the Modern Warfare 3 developer, with Treyarch traditionally developing the Black Ops series.

Ghosts is also coming to next-gen consoles, but it’s not yet known exactly how that release will differ to the PC version, coming the same day as the 360 and PS3 versions. It isn’t, however, coming to the Wii U, in an embarrassing miss for Nintendo.

Infinity Ward‘s Mark Rubin said that “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.” Although we’re not so sure just how safe that would have been, with general consensus being a gradual decline in quality over the Modern Warfare series.

“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.”

“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.

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

As an incentive to purchase today, you’ll get a weapon skin for Black Ops 2 if you pre-order Ghosts, letting everyone in Call of Duty know you’re a fan of Call of Duty.

Analysis

I don’t think anyone in their right mind thinks launching an illusive new spin-off is riskier than a fourth iteration of Modern Warfare. “Have you tried the new Call of Duty, Ghosts?!” “No dude, not yet, I have no idea what it could possibly entail. If only they had followed up with Modern Warfare, then I’d have some idea of what to expect.” And so it begins.