Call of Duty: Ghosts footage focuses on Riley the dog

After Call of Duty: Ghosts made its official debut at the Xbox One unveiling, fans of the series seemed to be pretty fond of the German Shepherd that is making its debut as part of your elite Special Forces team. Activision picked up on that, and showed more of the dog in new gameplay footage shown today.

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After Call of Duty: Ghosts made its official debut at the Xbox One unveiling, fans of the series instantly fell in love with the game's mo-capped German Shepherd companion. Activision picked up on that, and showed more of the dog in new gameplay footage shown today.

Riley was named after Simon "Ghost" Riley from Modern Warfare 2, and gets the bulk of the limelight in a mission call "No Man's Land." Activision showed off some scripted gameplay from the mission in a special pre-E3 livestream. Riley will carry a camera on his vest for recon, and will respond to commands via a canine earpiece, much like real Special Forces dogs do. Riley is able to take down enemies quickly and quietly, and can also "speak" to distract other hostiles.

The footage was well received by fans. Developer Infinity Ward did tell IGN that all ties to the Modern Warfare series have been severed in Ghosts, and the iconic mask, and even Riley's name are simply homages for fans.

Also shown in more detail was footage from a mission called Into the Deep, which we discussed in our preview.

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    June 9, 2013 3:00 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Call of Duty: Ghost footage focuses on Riley the dog.

    After Call of Duty: Ghosts made its official debut at the Xbox One unveiling, fans of the series seemed to be pretty fond of the German Shepherd that is making its debut as part of your elite Special Forces team. Activision picked up on that, and showed more of the dog in new gameplay footage shown today.

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      June 9, 2013 3:03 PM

      I miss Dogmeat...

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      June 9, 2013 3:06 PM

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        June 9, 2013 3:45 PM

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          June 9, 2013 3:50 PM

          Check out Rule of Rose if you want a horror dog teammate. Seriously my favorite dog teammate in a game (although Dragon Age's dog was pretty fun).

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      June 9, 2013 3:44 PM

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      June 9, 2013 4:24 PM

      I fielded battalions of war hounds in Rome Total War. Made my enemies quiver and rout in fear.

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        June 9, 2013 4:39 PM

        War dogs were so OP if you were smart about unleashing them.

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          June 9, 2013 4:44 PM

          Yeah, I remember they were pretty cheap to field too.

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            June 9, 2013 4:45 PM

            Super cheap. The only real downside was that once they were committed, that was it.

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              June 9, 2013 4:49 PM

              They did suck against heavy armored infantry though.

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                June 9, 2013 4:51 PM

                Alone, yes. I always used them as the perfect flanking troops - they were quick and had an amazing effect on enemy morale if they were already engaged.

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      June 9, 2013 4:47 PM

      I don't know if people were "fond" of the dog. More like it was just hilarious to have these people talking about how epic and mindblowing an experience it will be because of a dog in a multimillion dollar yearly cash cow.

      It was almost a parody of itself.

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      June 9, 2013 5:15 PM

      I dunno, that trailer was pretty convincing. That dog is badass.

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      June 9, 2013 5:30 PM

      We were laughing at the dog, not with the dog.

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      June 9, 2013 8:57 PM

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      June 9, 2013 9:58 PM

      "Enemies ahead. .... Let 'em seperate."
      <next clip in the water>
      "We've got company. .... Let 'em seperate."

      Moar dialog please...

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        June 10, 2013 12:30 AM

        Gotta keep 'em separated.

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