Somebody really needs to keep Tesco Direct away from the internet. Having revealed Call of Duty: Ghosts to the world only last week, the retailer has just let slip that the game will release on 4th November 2013, possibly for both current and next generation consoles. Activision has yet to confirm all this, of course, but the evidence is pretty much impossible to dismiss.
A now-edited listing (thanks to AllGamesBeta for saving us a copy) puts it as follows. "The franchise that has defined a generation of gaming is set to raise the bar once again with the all-new Call of Duty: Ghosts. Published by Activision and developed by Infinity Ward, the studio that created the original Call of Duty and the seminal Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, Call of Duty: Ghosts ushers in the next generation of the franchise, delivering a riveting all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting and cast, all powered by a new next-generation Call of Duty engine."
Now, "next generation of Call of Duty" and "next generation engine" could be no more than the usual over-clocked marketing speak, but given recent manufacturer announcements, it's hardly a stretch to read this as confirmation that Ghosts will be a next gen game. It's nice to know there's a new engine on the way, regardless - Activision's flagship shooter seems badly in need of a technological upgrade, among other things.
The publisher's community manager Dan Amrich has suggested that the new Call of Duty will reveal in early May. Promotional materials discovered by IGN corroborate this - according to a Gamestop notice, 1st May is the big date.
Retailers, eh? Where would the news trade be without them? Here's a list of all the confirmed Xbox 720 games so far.