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|Call of Duty: Ghosts|
Raven Software (multiplayer)
Square Enix (Japan)
|Release date(s)||November 5, 2013|
|Rating|| ESRB: M (Mature)|
|Platform(s)|| Microsoft Windows|
Call of Duty: Ghosts is a 2013 first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward, with assistance from Raven Software, Neversoft and Certain Affinity, and published by Activision. It is the tenth primary installment in the Call of Duty franchise, and the sixth developed by Infinity Ward. The video game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U on November 5, 2013, with Treyarch handling the port for the Wii U. The game was also released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 15, to coincide with the release of those next-generation consoles.
While several previous games in the Call of Duty series referenced the Alien franchise, Ghosts is notable in that it featured the Predator as a playable character as part of its second DLC, titled Devastation, released in April 2014.
Devastation, the second DLC for Call of Duty: Ghosts, includes four new multiplayer maps, a new weapon and a new map for the Extinction co-op campaign. One of the four standard maps, "Ruins", features a special Field Order that, once obtained, allows the player to become a Yautja and stalk their opponents around the map. Devastation was made available for download on March 6, 2014.
When playing as the Predator, the player receives enhanced health, thermal vision, a Cloak, Wristblades and the Plasmacaster (known as the "Predator Canon"). The Cannon will lock on to enemies in the field of view. It can be fired using the fire button once locked on, and a prompt on the screen to fire will let the player know an enemy is locked. Enemies using the Incog perk can still be targeted. It cannot lock on to aircraft, however. The Cannon is extremely powerful, being able to kill even a Juggernaut in one shot. Upon sustaining enough damage, the Predator is downed and automatically initiates their Predator Self-Destruct, laughing until it detonates, killing all enemies on the map.
In March 2014, the Instagram account for Call of Duty, "callofduty", released a video on Ruins, which showed a player walking around, hearing the clicking sound of the Predator and being killed by a cloaked figure. The description for the video included Dutch's (Arnold Schwarzenegger) famous "If it bleeds..." quote from Predator.
March 30, 2014, a trailer for Devastation was released, with the Predator making an appearance at around 2:28.
Devastation was released April 3, 2014 for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One and May 3, 2014 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC.
- Although ostensibly based on the Jungle Hunter from Predator, the playable Predator character in Devastation also includes elements of Scout from Predator 2 in its design, most notably its serrated shoulder armor.
- The Predator is the second character from a horror movie franchise to be featured as a Field Order in the game; the previous DLC, Onslaught, allowed the player to become Michael Myers from the Halloween series.
- The archaeological ruins in the map of the same name appear to be modeled after the pyramid in the 2004 film Alien vs. Predator; both contain Mayan and Aztec elements, carvings of the Predators, remains in the form of a skull and an attached spinal cord and a statue of a Predator holding a spear. Additionally, an area of the 'Ruins' map that is not normally accessible to players contains what appears to be the remains of dead scorpion-like creatures and a giant egg sack hanging from the ceiling. This was clearly done to reference Facehuggers and Xenomorph Eggs from the Alien franchise, albeit the egg is taken from the game's Extinction mode and looks nothing like a typical Ovomorph.
- The player cannot use Strike Chain (killstreak) rewards whilst playing as the Predator; if an attempt is made to do so, an on-screen message will appear stating "Killstreaks violate the Predator code", a reference to the Yautja Honor Code.
- Even before the Devastation DLC, Call of Duty: Ghosts featured a reference to the film Predator — the map "Warhawk" includes a sign advertising "Slackjaw Tobacco", an obvious reference to Blain.