Activision has released the official details on its
previously announced next-gen upgrade programme for Call of Duty: Ghosts. It
seems that the process for trading up from current-gen to the Xbox One or PS4
version of the game will be a pleasingly inexpensive one, albeit one that doesn’t
give a huge amount of time to upgrade.
Xbox-wise, it’s all done digitally. Players will be about to
buy a dual-game license all in one go for $69.99 (no word on UK pricing yet,
but expect a straight dollars to sterling translation, as usual), which will
furnish the ability to download both versions of the game. Otherwise, The
digital Xbox 360 version will be available for $59.99, with a separate $10/£10/€10
license granting access to the Xbox One version later on. If you want to
upgrade from a disc copy of Xbox 360 CoD: Ghosts, you’ll need to take advantage
of one of the various retail trade-in deals Activision has negotiated.
PlayStation gamers get more options. Digital sales of the
game will come with the above $10/£10/€10 upgrade offer, but for a limited
period, Blu-ray copies of the game will come with a voucher for the same.
Note that “For a limited period” seems to be the key phrase
here. The cut-off point for upgrading is March the 31st, 2014, which
admittedly doesn’t leave a huge amount of breathing space for players debating
when to pick up a next-gen machine. As for the various retail offers (which can
be found in Activision’s official post), they run out on New Year’s Eve 2013 at
the latest, with one or two shutting down on Christmas Eve. Additionally, the
in-store PlayStation upgrades only appear to be available in the UK and Europe, leaving US players with only the digital options available through the PlayStation Store.