Call of Duty: Ghosts demo hints at 2013 new Xbox 720 release

Ahead of the May 21 new Xbox unveiling, Activision has all but confirmed Microsoft’s next-generation console will hit retailers later this year, revealing Call of Duty: Ghosts will be a demo title for the device.

With Call of Duty: Ghosts having been formally unveiled yesterday as the 2013 addition to the much loved COD gaming franchise, publisher Activision has revealed that a live Call of Duty: Ghosts demo will be shown during the new Xbox unveiling later this month.

Confirming that Call of Duty: Ghosts will be made available for “next-generation platforms,” Activision has announced that eager gamers keen to get more info on the next COD offering will be able to “see it live at the new generation Xbox reveal.” With a Call of Duty: Ghosts release date confirmed for November 5, it is believed that with the game being used as a demonstration model for the next Xbox, Microsoft’s PS4 rival will also hit retailers before the year’s end.

Speaking on the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts release, Mark Rubin, an Executive Producer at Infinity Ward said: “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.”

He added: “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.”

While Sony has already confirmed that a PS4 release date will be held during the “2013 holiday season,” Microsoft has remained tight-lipped on its next-gen Xbox plans, with the console not set to be unveiled until May 21.

Although a number of Xbox 720 rumours have previously pointed to an in-store launch ahead of the lucrative Christmas shopping period, the confirmation of a Call of Duty: Ghosts demo at the console’s big reveal offers the best indication yet as to when we can expect the console to land.

With Activision having confirmed the COD: Ghosts will be used to demonstrate the capabilities of the new Xbox, it has also been suggested that, having missed the PS4 unveiling, live Battlefield 4 gameplay could be on show during Microsoft’s big event.