Activision to Release ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ on Nov. 5

Activision Blizzard Inc., the largest U.S. video-game publisher, plans to release the next installment of its top-selling “Call of Duty” game on Nov. 5.

The game, titled “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” will be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, along with the new generation of game machines now in development, Santa Monica, California-based Activision said today in a statement.

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” was the top selling U.S. game title in 2012, according to researcher NPD Group Inc. In the first 24 hours of the military game’s release in November, it posted worldwide retail sales of more than $500 million, beating the previous one-day record of $400 million set by the company’s “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” game in 2011.

Fans can order Activision’s new title from today, the company said.

Activision’s stock fell 1.3 percent to $14.76 at 2:19 p.m. in New York trading. The shares have risen 41 percent this year through yesterday, compared with a 12 percent gain for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

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