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Watch the Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer reveal live

Join us from 6.30pm BST for guns, killstreaks and (hopefully) bomb dogs.

Someone somewhere's decreed this week to be multiplayer reveal week. Rockstar's doing its duty with Grand Theft Auto 5's online modes tomorrow, and Activision's doing much the same today with the first look at Call of Duty: Ghosts' multiplayer. Never ones to do things in half-measures it's flown half of the games press to Los Angeles to see it up close. Wesley Yin-Poole's our man on the ground, and he'll be bringing you impressions and interviews early tomorrow.

Activision's also streaming the event live, and we thought we'd join in the fun by bringing you a livetext from some of the more exotic reaches of the globe - so that'll be Brighton and Lewisham, then - as we all wonder if Colin the dog's made it into Call of Duty's multiplayer, and whether there's clan support for online packs of hounds. Join us here from 6.30pm BST to see it all kick off.

Our live coverage of this event has finished.

Coverage

Martin Robinson

It's breakfast time in downtown LA. I had little ham and cheese croissants. What did you have for breakfast? Soon I'll be heading off to the COD: Ghosts multiplayer venue for check-in and lots of other boring stuff. We're on target for a 6.30pm UK time start, as a soldier in Call of Duty might have said. Roger roger.

Wesley Yin-Poole

It's the one you've been waiting for, the gaming event of the season! Or at least the one of this afternoon. Activision's preparing to unveil Call of Duty: Ghosts' multiplayer, and judging by the push it's giving the reveal it's going to be something noteworthy.

Martin Robinson

Or it could be the same old same old. Or, even more excitingly, Colin the dog's going to be involved in some capacity.

Martin Robinson

Which one will it be! There's only one way to find out! And that's by giving over the next hour of your life to see whatever Activision pipes out of LA Live.

Martin Robinson

There's just enough time to watch this before it all kicks off in LA, which should get you in the mood and may hopefully set the tone of what's to come. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nvfQw8UCDE

Martin Robinson

I'd love to say we're coming live from LA Live, but that's not quite true.

Martin Robinson

Wes is there on the ground for us, but in an amazing turn of events the press have been placed in a venue with no wi-fi ensuring they can't communicate with the wider world.

Martin Robinson

So we're coming to you from the slightly more glamorous Ladywell, where I just popped out and bought a bowl of aubergines for a pound.

Martin Robinson

That'd be eggplants in the US. And it'd be a dollar. Think a bowl's a bowl over there though.

Martin Robinson

So what can we expect from Ghosts' new multiplayer? Black Ops 2 went after the eSports crowd last year, and it's safe to assume Ghosts will too.

Martin Robinson

Hopefully we'll also see some of the evolving levels that were glimpsed at E3.

Martin Robinson

Battlefield 4's got a similar feature, of course, called *ahem* Levolution. Eugh, I think I've got sick in my mouth. I promise that'll be the last time I allow that word on the site.

Martin Robinson

What made-up words can Activision and Infinity Ward come up with? How can we expect to see the English language slaughtered tonight? I'm literally dying with excitement.

Martin Robinson

It's happening! We're promised some disturbing content, which is always a good way to kick things off.

Martin Robinson

A quick reminder being delivered of Call of Duty's global impact, should you need reminding.

Martin Robinson

Which basically amounts to Jimmy Fallon firing a bazooka.

Martin Robinson

Hirshberg's on-stage. One of the more handsome execs for sure. Definitely top ten material.

Martin Robinson

It's obviously a big year for games, he says, alluding to the next gen consoles.

Martin Robinson

Be interesting to see what impact next-gen has on MP - will we see bigger player counts on PS4 and Xbone?

Martin Robinson

A lot's changed since Call of Duty launched - Brosnan was playing Bond back then. Ah, happy days.

Martin Robinson

Reminds me of Donlan's spot-on take on CoD's 'late-Brosnan' period.

Martin Robinson

You can't count on much in this world, but you can count on CoD says Hirshberg. Then something about setting your hair on fire. Can't tell if that's a veiled threat.

Martin Robinson

Anyway, enough of the guff, here's the game.

Martin Robinson

And most importantly, here's Colin the dog.

Martin Robinson

So Colin's confirmed for MP. That's it, show over, everyone go home. We're done.

Martin Robinson

Oh, there's more. Something about Dog Tags, which I excitedly thought was a new Colin-based mode until my brain clicked into place.

Martin Robinson

The Eminem song you heard made its debut in that trailer, btw. It's called Survival.

Martin Robinson

Oh, and here he is! I didn't realise Eminem was still a thing, but I'm massively out of touch.

Martin Robinson

There are three main pillars to Ghosts' MP - first your soldier, which is customisable.

Martin Robinson

Nephirion: dog looks overpowered

Cat DLC will restore the balance.

Martin Robinson

Dynamic map events - or destructible scenery on some level - plays a part.

Martin Robinson

And there will be seven new game modes, and 30 new weapons - plus an entirely new weapons class.

Martin Robinson

You can take your MP profile with you anywhere, across tablets and, I think, across different consoles.

Martin Robinson

There's a new mobile app that builds on CoD Elite.

Martin Robinson

That comes complete with a new metagame called Clan Wars.

Martin Robinson

And 60fps is on all platforms, current and next gen.

Martin Robinson

Exec producer from Infinity Ward Mark Rubin's now on-stage.

Martin Robinson

This is all super-lavish for the reveal of MP mode, btw. Can't imagine any other series going to these lengths with a full-blown stage show etc.

Martin Robinson

In Ghosts you'll be able to fully customise your soldier, from their head to their outfit.

Martin Robinson

And you can play as a female soldier. I'd applaud that, but it's been how many years for that to arrive?

Martin Robinson

Anyway, Dual Render scopes allow you to look down the sights and maintain some peripheral vision.

Martin Robinson

Perks this time - they have different values, and you've a set amount of points to allocate.

Martin Robinson

Kind of like the Pick 10 mode introduced last year (excuse me if that's wrong)

Martin Robinson

Colin's one of the killstreak rewards. He'll accompany you in stages. Go Colin!

Martin Robinson

Airstrikes are being phased out in favour of more ground attacks, which is a welcome rebalancing.

Martin Robinson

And! There are no more deathstreaks. A brief pause for applause from Rubin after that, but it's slow in coming.

Martin Robinson

You get to choose what unlocks with Squad Points now, so you can define your own path.

Martin Robinson

New modes time, yo.

Martin Robinson

Cranked is like Deathmatch, but you'll get faster once you've killed people. There's a catch though - there's a timer, and if you don't kill someone before it reaches zero you explode.

Martin Robinson

The Statham-inspired mode we've all been waiting for, basically.

Martin Robinson

Search and Rescue is something about picking up tags but I was too busy daydreaming about Statham to take any notice.

Martin Robinson

Squads is a new mode that lets you play alongside AI, which is much improved this time out, apparently.

Martin Robinson

Squad takes MP, mixes in AI and.... Let's you play co-op and solo. You can bring your squad of soldiers with you, and earn XP for them as you play.

Martin Robinson

Safeguard's a Squad mode that's a wave-based mode. Waves!

Martin Robinson

We're now onto the destruction side of the maps. I also think I just saw Wes in the crowd. Hi Wes!

Martin Robinson

Buses will tumble, lifts will fall. Kennels will explode.

Martin Robinson

It's the most visceral experience yet. How visceral can they go? I want nothing less than chunks of tripe spewing out of the screen at me thanks.

Martin Robinson

There's contextual lean in there now, which leans around corners without you needing to press a button.

Martin Robinson

Plus, mantling. You can be a mantler. Go mantle things.

Martin Robinson

A knee slide, too. I'm probably alone in enjoying the dolphin dive of old. It was funny, at least.

Martin Robinson

Sound design seems to have taken a leaf from Dice's book. Actually, a fair few things seem to have take an leaf from Dice's book.

Martin Robinson

The contextual chat, too, seems familiar.

Martin Robinson

Rubin's assuring that the current-gen versions will also benefit from some of these next-gen 'innovations'.

Martin Robinson

And now onto eSports - it's the exclusive FPS for MLG in 2014.

Martin Robinson

It's Fwizz and Benson. Sounds like an awful puppet pair, look like a pretty awful puppet pair.

Martin Robinson

Anyway, they're big shot shoutcasters and they're about to shoutcast a live match between some pro players.

Martin Robinson

I don't think this will be quite as sweary as the championships we saw earlier this year.

Martin Robinson

Cranked's the mode being shown off.

Martin Robinson

And the map's Strike Zone, a small baseball stadium.

Martin Robinson

Cranked does look brilliantly mental.

Martin Robinson

There's a reason FPSs aren't as popular as MOBAs when it comes to eSports, I think, and this is a perfect example of why. So hard to read the action when you're swatting around between different perspectives.

Martin Robinson

The fact they're playing a mode as fast-paced as Cranked doesn't help.

Martin Robinson

I just saw Colin in action. Can we cut to Colin-cam plz?

Martin Robinson

And we have a winner. The Ghost Squad. Go Ghosts.

Martin Robinson

Here's exec Yale Miller to take things down a notch or two. It's mellow hour with Miller.

Martin Robinson

Cross-stats for 360 and Xbox One is a pretty neat feature.

Martin Robinson

The app allows you to edit your loadout pre-game, and select your next one in-game too.

Martin Robinson

You can create clans, join them or manage them from the app too.

Martin Robinson

And you can edit the clan emblem from the app too.

Martin Robinson

Plus! More! Clan vs. Clan playlists.

Martin Robinson

Clam wars is the last thing they're excited about. I'm pretty excited about it too.

Martin Robinson

Nephirion: @ Martin Robinson, do you know if these features will be available on PC?

They're saying they're available on all platforms, so I'd assume so.

Martin Robinson

Nephirion: @ Martin Robinson, do you know if these features will be available on PC?

Probably not the Wii U, though, because Wii U.

Martin Robinson

Hirshberg's here to drive us home.

Martin Robinson

That's a lot of features, and some mildly interesting ones too - can't say there's anything there that's going to drag me from Battlefield this year though.

Martin Robinson

Season Pass is back, which gives you 4 DLC Map Packs. You get a Ghost character pack too.

Martin Robinson

This is good news -the season pack is available cross-gen. So get it for 360 then upgrade to Xbox One and you can take the content with you.

Martin Robinson

Hope that sets a precedent - a lot of publishers haven't committed to anything like that yet.

Martin Robinson

The Prestige Edition is being introduced by some clowns kicking down doors.

Martin Robinson

I think maybe you've got to be there to get it? Anyway, 1080p helmet cam is included in the Prestige Edition.

Martin Robinson

There's an MP world tour that's bringing the game across the world - heading to London on 26 September.

Martin Robinson

That's the Expo, ain't it. Subtle plug there.

Martin Robinson

So you'll get a free Prestige Edition if you come and play it at one of the events.

Martin Robinson

And that's that. Not enough Colin, obviously, but an awful lot of everything else.

Martin Robinson

We'll have more details on the MP from Wes who's out in LA tomorrow. For now, I'm about to do one.

Martin Robinson

Tata, and enjoy the rest of your evenings!

Martin Robinson

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