Call of Duty: Ghosts will premier alongside the next Xbox on May 21. The game is coming to next-generation consoles at an unspecified date, and on November 5 to PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.



Microsoft’s event will provide a first look at the game, implying another generation of close cooperation between Infinity Ward and Microsoft on one of gaming’s biggest franchises. Visitors and viewers will be the first outside of Activision to see Ghosts’ all-new engine, narrative, and cast of covert grunts.

“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,” said Mark Rubin, executive producer of developer Infinity Ward, in a press release. “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.”

Pre-orders are now live, with a special poster and Black Ops 2 weapon skin for GameStop customers, and, uh, exclusive digital wallpapers for Amazonians.

The next Call of Duty is officially BFFs with the next Xbox. Ex-Infinity Ward team Respawn’s sci-fi shooter is a rumored Xbox-exclusive. Even though we haven’t seen the system yet, it’s already clear Microsoft is bringing some serious shooter heat to the next-gen console war.

By Connor Sheridan