Are you ready to earn the mask? Infinity Ward's "Call of Duty: Ghosts" hits store shelves

New feature: Customizable male, female characters

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Gamers, get your sofa's ready -- Call of Duty: Ghosts has hit the market.

In the latest first-person shooter installment from Activision Publishing and Infinity Ward, the developer that brought players the original Call of Duty and the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, Call of Duty: Ghosts features a new, intense story, and new innovations in multiplayer, all brought to life by a next generation engine.

"The launch of Call of Duty has become a pop-cultural event shared by millions around the globe. We consider this a huge honor and it drives us to exceed our fans' expectations each and every time," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing Inc. "Call of Duty: Ghosts delivers on this promise with an epic thrill ride which takes the franchise to new heights on both current and next gen consoles. The teams at Infinity Ward, Raven and Neversoft have poured their hearts and souls into making this the must have gaming experience of the next generation. And of course, none of this would be possible without the most passionate fans in the world. Today is for them."

For the first time ever in the series, gamers in Call of Duty: Ghosts play as the underdog against an enemy that has superior numbers and firepower.

The story opens with a strike from the ODIN (Orbital Defense Initiative) space station, a weapons platform which was designed to protect us.

An intense firefight in space turns the most powerful weapon ever devised against us, and the attack reshapes the world as we know it.

As your home lies in ruins and everything around you is destroyed, you and your brother come across the remnants of a group of elite soldiers, shrouded in mystery, known only as the Ghosts.

Together you must not only defend what's left, but also take the fight to the enemy before they complete the destruction and end our way of life.

According to the company, the story was co-written by Stephen Gaghan, the Academy Award winning screenwriter of the Steven Soderbergh film "Traffic."

"From Day One, we've set out to create the next generation of Call of Duty with Ghosts," said Infinity Ward Executive Producer Mark Rubin. "With an all-new single player story, our best multiplayer game yet, character customization, squads mode and an all-new Extinction mode that lets you battle it out against aliens, this game is the complete entertainment package. We're excited today is finally here and can't wait for our fans all over the world to start playing."

As for the online multiplayer experience, the company said Call of Duty: Ghosts empowers fans to customize their soldiers and squads as male or female characters for the first time, bringing over 20,000 possible character combinations.

In addition, there are seven new multiplayer modes, 14 maps out of the box, a new Squads mode for up to six-player cooperative play, over 30 new weapons, including a new Marksman Rifle weapon class, and over 20 new Killstreaks.

Call of Duty: Ghosts also introduces Extinction, a completely new co-op game mode featuring a unique blend of fast-paced survival gameplay, base defense, player customization and class leveling.

Infinity Ward said teamwork and communication are essential when playing Extinction, as your team faces an alien menace that has overrun an isolated Colorado town and the team must eliminate the threat via any means necessary.

Call of Duty: Ghosts players on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 who plan on picking up the Xbox One or PlayStation4, the company said you can buy the game today for $59.99, and upgrade seamlessly to the next generation when they are ready for as little as $9.99, via a variety of global retailers, as well as Microsoft and Sony.

When you upgrade, your current gen Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer stats, in-game achievements, progression, and Season Pass, all go with you to Call of Duty: Ghosts on the next generation machines.

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Also released Tuesday is the Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass. The Season Pass lets gamers access all four Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Map Packs to be released in 2014 at a bundled discount (discount based on a suggested retail price of $49.99 and four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $15 each).

The company said the DLC Map Packs will be available on the Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft first, and pricing and release dates may vary by platform.

Watch the official live-action game trailer "Epic Night Out" starring Megan Fox below (mobile users:

Call of Duty: Ghosts Single Player Campaign Trailer (mobile users:

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