Call of Duty: Ghosts Adds A Dog To Your Team

By Ishaan . May 21, 2013 . 11:01am

Call of Duty: Ghosts is being developed on a new, next-generation Call of Duty engine, Activision said at Microsoft’s Xbox reveal today.


New to the game is a dog, who will be a member of your team. The dog will be a character you care about, Activision claimed, and will perform functions such as sniffing out bombs and protecting your team.


Behind-the-scenes clips showed this dog character being motion-captured by a real dog at a mocap studio.


Additionally, Microsoft and Activision also announced that all downloadable content for Call of Duty: Ghosts will be released first on Xbox One.

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  • Not gonna lie: That dog looks quite boss.

  • I’ll buy this if the dog is a playable character!

  • TheExile285

    A dog? In a shooter? No thanks….

    I like Dogs too much to see one get shot :/

    • Inb4: Bonus DLC will make your dog into a cat.

      • TheExile285


      • DesmaX

        And then he’ll just leave your team to die.

        (I love cats too, before anyone asks)

      • Suicunesol

        Better: DLC makes your dog a pitbull.

        • Even better: DLC makes your dog into a pug. But man, Pitbulls are just as cool :D

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Naw a Mini Dauchsund or a Shit-Zu!

  • Solomon_Kano

    I don’t wanna see him die, man. ;_;

    • TheExile285

      I feel your pain. We all know that is how the game will end too :/

      • DesmaX

        Never really cared about any deaths in the Call of Duty series, honestly… But it’s a dog


      • “Kaz Hirai (Twitter): COD Spoiler Alert: Your dog is a ghost.”

        • DesmaX

          hahaha, Black Ops all over again

          • Indeed :D His best tweet throughout the Stream was:
            “Breaking News: Microsoft are not releasing a new console, they are just rereleasing the first XBOX”

          • Kai2591

            he seriously tweeted that? haha!

            link pls x)

            EDIT: nvm found it. oh its a parody account lol!

          • Yeah, I dont think that the real Kaz might risk such a thing. But the sheer imagination that someone pretends to be Kaz while saying that is still quite funny :D

          • Kai2591

            Indeed :)

      • Solomon_Kano

        I just hope they don’t make us kill him like the dog in I Am Legend. That’d be too sad, too sad.

        • Why do you have to remind me of that ;_;

          • Solomon_Kano

            Sorry. ;_;

    • KuchikiSentou

      One thing I’ve never gotten around is this sentiment towards dogs. In the game, you’ll probably kill thousands of human beings, but one dog, and all the sentiment in the world is effused. It’s referred to with human pronouns… etc.

      I just don’t get it.

      • Solomon_Kano

        They’re man’s best friend :V

        ‘Sides, I’m hardly serious.

        Were I though… well, you’re not made to care about any of the thousands of faceless soldiers you kill. If this was a random dog that showed up for 5 seconds or an attack dog that the game makes you kill, you might have something. But this is intended to be a companion in the same sense as the human characters you fight alongside, in the same sense as an RPG party member or some such.

        If they do their job properly, one would hope you feel more for the dog than you do soldier #4566. If they do their job properly, the creature in question being a dog is irrelevant. You shouldn’t want to see a companion you’ve developed an attachment for die. That simple.

        As for human pronouns… are you referring to me saying “him”? Because gender certainly isn’t an exclusively human quality.

        • KuchikiSentou

          It’s not you. I’m talking about the entertainment industry in general. Graphically depict a dog, or any other animal for that matter. being killed and see the kind of press/reaction you get. But it’s okay to kill a human in relatively the same manner. Just a casual remark based off years of observation. It’s come to the point where animal cruelty can’t even be broached. But a graphic depiction of rape in a public place earns international awards.

          I tend to refer to animals as “it”. Him her, to my mind are human pronouns and should be so reserved.

          Anyhoo, reminds me of Dead to Rights. Been a while, that. Companion dogs in multiplayer? No need for K9 killstreaks anymore, か?

          • Solomon_Kano

            Ah. Yea, it’s an interesting societal quirk. We can’t stand to see any harm come to animals, but we’ll easily depict the very same wrought upon another human being. I don’t really get it either.

            I do get that it’s your personal feeling on the matter, but I tend to refer to anything with genitalia as what that genitalia implies. If we’re going to keep he, she, and the like to humans, we may as well stop naming animals as well. But that’s just me, so I respect your right to disagree.

      • In my mind, it’s not just in games but also in real life. I’m far more intolerant of animal cruelty than human cruelty. Part of the reason is because I feel like we’re responsible for animals.

        Human beings have the ability to fend for themselves in many more ways than animals do. Since we’re pretty much at the top of the food chain (or any chain, really), it’s up to us to look out for creatures that maybe aren’t as well-equipped.

        In the context of the game, though, when you’re a human being enlisting in war, you know exactly what you’re signing up for. But the dog has no idea. The dog loves his master(s) and will do what it takes to make them happy. He has no clue what’s going on.

        • KuchikiSentou

          Ya, but we don’t treat all animals equally. Or living things in general for that matter. I’m reminded of Inglorious, where Col. Hans Landa came up with a striking analogue about rodents in the house.. The immediate instinct is to kill them, we’ve not fully discovered why, other than that they may be vectors et cetera. I could say the same for cockroaches, which are also animals, and part of the food chain. Snakes are usually in the same vein depending on where they are found.

          Dogs on the battlefield are trained killers, I will say that we cannot assume that they have a conscience. We can never know for sure whether they realise what they are doing and hence cannot infer that they have no idea.

          I read once, of a group of trained assassins in times old. Crusades times; where a sect of assassins were given dogs; it was found that when they were ordered to kill newborn babies they showed markedly less resistance than when they were ordered to kill the dogs. Some even defected breaking a code they swore to their fellow man, even their God. I found it fascinating.

          There is, to my mind, more tolerance for animals than fellow human beings. Like, a vehement racist would love his dog.

          Just a small humble observation.

          • I agree, not all of us treat animals equally. Reptiles actually tend to creep me out, but I consciously try very hard not to hate them for it or treat them badly. The same for cockroaches. If I spot one in my room, I try to put it in a jar and take it out rather than kill it.

            I guess the same line of thinking applies here. No one really cares about harm to snakes or rats because snakes look creepy at first glance and because a lot of what we’ve heard about rats all these years is that they carry disease and so on. Meanwhile, dogs are fortunate enough to have their good side displayed often, and that’s probably where the empathy for them comes from.

            Look at cats as a good middle-ground, I suppose. If it weren’t for the Internet, would cats be as popular a pet as they are? I know plenty of people in my own family that don’t like cats for a variety of reasons, from being scared of them to considering them bad luck to thinking they’re ungrateful and only care about themselves.

          • KuchikiSentou

            Yes that is another thing. The capitalist agenda. Dog food was likely advertised before people even started keeping them as pets. It could also be a reason why people get pets in the first place. There is this prevailing notion about dogs as pets however a different depiction is made for birds as pets and the “sort” of people who would keep birds as pets.
            If it’s about intelligence, parrots are smarter than dogs according to studies, but parrots are not as “advertised” as dogs for pets.

      • equalequation

        Identification is part of it, I think.

        Dogs are one of those weird things that will die for you, for no reason other than because you’re its pack. It’s always there for you when nobody else is. It ‘understands’ you because it doesn’t have words, so people are free to think about what it thinks. And it’s also the first time most people would see something that loves them die.

        People who don’t grow up with dogs won’t see why, but for those who do, the memory of your first dog, which is one of your first friends and a family member just like mom and dad and grandma. And then it dies, likely before you even understand what death means. That memory stays somewhere with you, even after you’ve grown up and seen many more deaths. When you see a dog die in a medium where you’re designed to identify with the protagonists and their bonds, you know EXACTLY how it feels, more viscerally than if anything else dies. Whereas another guy dies on the screen….so what? He’s another guy. Unless you’ve been made to care for him as a person, we’re trained to see other humans as competition for resources. Feel bad for their situations when empathy kicks in, yes, but otherwise? No.

        Attachment to other species isn’t limited to humans, though. I think I’ve read somewhere that gorillas kept in captivity with dog ‘friends’ also mourn them when they die. And animals that befriended other species. I’m definitely of the camp that thinks the emotional life of more neurally advanced animals is far richer and more complicated than what early 20th science would make us think. (I’m a career scientist, by the way.)

        • KuchikiSentou

          Lol, I grew up with 2 dogs actually, [Saddam and Bush; early 90s stuff]. I somehow tend to forget that.

          Since then the only interaction I’ve sought with dogs is as a vibrant, niche delicacy.
          Regarding Ghosts, I get it, in that sentimental context etc, but it’s the sentiment that rankles me to an extent. Dogs have this ability to cause this huge amount of emotional influx, where fellow humans don’t, which, to my mind, is a fleck on the status of how humans treat one other in comparison. Like, there have been stark violations of human rights, even by the most “observant” countries, yet “animal rights” are swiftly and effectively enforced in said countries [not naming names].

          I just generally see dogs et cetera as a product of its media depiction in Western media, which is perfectly acceptable. Most cultures have animals that they hold sacred.

          • equalequation

            Eh, I live in a culture that is pretty far removed from Western, and we still love our dogs. The king wrote poems dedicated to his murdered dogs a few centuries prior, I think. There are folktales everywhere in the world regarding the value and love for dogs. It’s not a ‘western media’ thing, not a ‘capitalism’ thing. Some of my cousins come from provinces where they eat dogs quite literally as well, and most people still love them.

          • KuchikiSentou

            I’m not saying you don’t, or that sentiment towards dogs is a Western construction; I’m saying that it is a staple of Western media. Certainly there are other cultures that feel as strongly. I never ruled that out.

            I am just unable to see that reverence. I acknowledge it, as I acknowledge all cultures. I feel also that as humans in general, we haven’t really nailed human relations enough to foster similar relations to animals. [The first thing we said was that we don’t want the dog to die in the game, whereas we head into the game with the sole intent of killing our fellow human being].

            I can completely relate to writing odes to particularly delicious animals. Some just taste that great.

          • equalequation

            It’s a staple of media everywhere because it gets people to respond strongly to them.

            Apes kill each other. We’re apes. It’s in our genes. We’re wired to see each other as competition UNTIL our empathy kicks in, which makes us see each other as the same ‘tribe’. The other guy you’re out to kill in the game? Another tribe of monkeys. Kill them before they kill him. The game invokes that dormant part of your brain, so you don’t really think twice about it. Other predators like wolves and lions, we’re not wired to do the same thing unless it’s to defend ourselves. And when we decide that a dog is dangerous to us, we always decimate them with extreme prejudice. See also : wolf extinction.

            Now, games that are not about killing that other ape but killing other humans which actually bother to depict them as humans, that DO get the appropriate horrified response.

            Why don’t we kill dogs as easily as we kill horses since they’re both domesticated animals with high attachment value, you might wonder. Nobody knows for sure yet, societal matters are complex, but there’s a theory that our ten thousand years of co-evolution with dogs hadn’t been for nothing. We read dogs’ faces easier than we read the faces of our closest living relative as a species, even without training. Even someone who’s never been around dogs can tell when it’s attacking or happy or sad, as opposed to chimpanzees. That coevolution creates something hardwired in you. Sometimes that something hardwired fails and you get people with zero empathy for dogs, the same way you get people with zero empathy for other people, though having one doesn’t mean the other. (I get mad when people say people who can kill dogs must be psychopath, DIFFERENT PROBLEMS.)

            It’s late and I may be talking in circles here, but I want to explain that our relationship with humans and our relationship with animals are ENTIRELY DIFFERENT parts of our behavioural spectrum, scientifically. You can’t use one to judge the other.

          • KuchikiSentou

            Wow. I disagree on a couple of points you made there. Apes, Co-evolution. and behavioural spectra chief among these. Co evolution implies that it is in our nature to have these relationships with dogs. This is not reality as it’s more of a “nurture” thing.

            Human beings are far removed from apes in every way. But that’s a whole other topic. It is not a staple of media everywhere as not all cultures feel the same. Physical interaction is the strongest evidence of behaviour, coupled with the other factors emotion etc. It is fair to say that the behaviour towards the animal in question can be qualified in the same manner as with humans. For example, the puppy/baby debate. Affection, training, all these things apply across these spectra. We move up to communication, cohabitation, interaction, companionship. This is all familiar to the human spectrum and cannot be removed or separated, scientifically or otherwise.

            I just think that the sentiment is unneeded where it’s not at least more uniformly applied. After all, entire industries have emerged from and/or imbibed this singular sentiment APPARENTLY so my point about it being a staple of Western indulgence stands.


          • equalequation

            Human beings are far removed from apes in every way?

            Not really. We still have parts of lizards and fish and frogs in our way of thinking, y’know. Many many many many many of our group behaviours are directly transposable to chimpanzees and bonobos. And if you’re disagreeing with that, I’m afraid we belong to entirely different schools of thinking and will bid you a good day. I’ll agree to disagree.

            (Also, you’re misunderstanding a few things about coevolution. It doesn’t mean what you think it means, goodsir. I suggest you read up on evolutionary behaviour more before you start arguing about it.)

          • KuchikiSentou

            Lol, I just think that dogs shouldn’t be so elevated. To me, they have the same status as chickens, cattle or pigs. All of which are capable of providing the companionship pets do. And that the dog has been elevated beyond that to the level of “sacred” in certain media, which has an effect on basic perception. I have no problem with it, but I don’t agree necessarily.

          • KuchikiSentou

            It’s gotten to the point where another culture is referred to as “horrific”, “disturbing” “grim” and “sick”.

            I can’t agree with that. Certainly.

  • The dog will die saving your life :(

  • M’iau M’iaut

    How realistic will this dog be? Will you have to watch where you step? Will it lick itself during those moments you are away from the game?

    • Maybe the dog will be as smart as Elizabeth from Infinite: Throws you Ammo, and can rely on himself xD

      • M’iau M’iaut

        But at least with Elizabeth she looked kawaii while doing it.

        • Are you saying that a dog is not kawaii?! :O

          • M’iau M’iaut

            I’m saying that dog in that harness with a camera sticking out of his ass isn’t as kawaii as Elizabeth.

          • (Kills an enemy soldier by biting his neck – looking with puppy eyes at you, almost like saying: How did I do, Onii-chan ?)
            Welp, at least the dog will not SPOILER INFINITE you.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Yes on the intelligence scale the dog probably would come out on top.

          • At least we can agree on that :D

    • DesmaX

      Guess you will have to give him snacks every time he kills someone

    • Dude, you’re missing the bigger picture. This is what Kinect was for all along. Voice commands for the dog.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Oh snap. If I can’t tell the dog to play dead, this is officially the biggest missed opportunity ever lol.

    • d19xx

      Self licking is a cat activity good sir. Dogs sniff each other’s butt or their own butt and when you’re not looking, your butt….

      • Solomon_Kano

        Hell, my dog sniff’s my butt even when I am looking. Then she just kinda looks back like “wat.” lol

        • d19xx

          She’s telling you that it’s your turn to sniff her butt…

          • Solomon_Kano

            Oh no lol.

  • Zeik56

    Mocap dogs, yo.

    Literally the only thing that has ever piqued my interest about a Call of Duty game.

  • When they said the game was going to deliver an emotional experience, let’s get real, they were talking about the dog. Nobody cares if virtual soldiers die, but a dog? You’ll have me crying for days =(

  • TruSpindash

    I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a sucker for for companion dogs in video games.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    the dog is the emotional experience

  • Neppygear

    Haunting Ground had a better dog.

    • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

      One series I definitely think Capcom should bring back!

  • Hype dog, literally lol.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    New to the game is a dog, who will be a member of your team. The dog will be a character you care about, Activision claimed, and will perform functions such as sniffing out bombs and protecting your team.

    Well I do hope you care for him, otherwise you’re one heartless bastard!

  • MogCakes

    It will die when struck by a tomahawk thrown from across the map by a 12 year old.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Who will then proceed to scream profanities at you.

  • Chee Yang

    Your dog from Secret of Evermore is still bettter.

  • d19xx

    Squirrel! That should distract him….

  • Bakuryukun

    This is the best addition Call of Duty has ever had in it’s entire history.

  • Well, that didn’t take long.

    • That account came into being almost literally a moment after the reveal.

    • Just Tim

      I’m a dog person; my first dog was a collie and I approve of this message.

  • Just Tim

    Don’t shoot the dog, people; this isn’t Duck Hunt.

  • s07195

    He’s gonna die at the end, isn’t he. :(

  • Twilightlicious

    this is stupid …

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