Call of Duty Ghosts receiving eSports tune-up
January 9, 2014 // 11:46 a.m.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is set to receive a series of updates that will focus on improving the shooter for use in eSports.
Following feedback from the Ghosts community, developer Infinity Ward will roll out changes that include tweaks to the competitive rules and spawning as well as the inclusion of Xbox One LAN support.
'The team at Infinity Ward wants to express our sincere thanks for the recent dialogue we’ve had with the competitive community,' said an Infinity Ward spokesperson. 'Each constructive conversation, message board post and reddit thread has had a positive impact on our development process. We’re always lurking and listening!'
Specific changes include restrictions on Ghillie suits, tracker sights and Danger Close items. The third person spectator mode will also be deactivated in competitive private matches.
As well as mechanical changes, the developer also intends to add a kill feed to the broadcaster mode and deal with the stability of the mode in general, enhancing the ability to actually spectate matches.
The changes will be deployed as hot fixes and TUs in the next few weeks.
Call of Duty Ghosts was released in November 2013 and was one of the launch titles for both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One. Although selling well, the title sold 19% less when compared to 2012s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
The popularity of the Call of Duty series with the eSports scene has been growing steadily since Modern Warfare 3, with significant growth with Black Ops 2. Infinity Ward has attempted to encourage the series' popularity with the inclusion of specific playlists designed to be more eSports friendly and the spectator/broadcaster mode.