The Week Ahead is a regular feature summarising what we expect to land on your monitors and mobiles in the next seven days of gaming. Did we miss something? Or do you have an idea for useful info we could include in future instalments? Let us know in the comments below.
In brief: November 4 - Nov 10
- Monday: Mario & Sonic Wii U review
- Tuesday: CoD Ghosts PS4/current-gen verdict
- Tuesday: Wii Sports Club playtest
- Wednesday: Activision to release Q3 Calendar 2013 Results
- Wednesday: GTA 5 o'clock
- Wednesday: Xbox One updated hands-on previews
- Thursday: Return of LIKE
This week's key releases
- Assassin's Creed - Heritage Edition (360, PS3, PC) - Nov 7 (EU), Nov 8 (UK)
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS3, 360, PC, Wii U, PS4) - Nov 5
- Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U) - Nov 8 (EU)
- Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS) - Nov 8 (EU)
- Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (3DS, Wii U, PS3, 360) - Nov 5 (US)
- Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (Wii U) - Nov 8 (EU), Nov 9 (AU)
- Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS) - Nov 8 (EU), Nov 9 (AU)
- Wii Sports Club (Wii U eShop) - Nov 7
- Zumba Fitness: World Party (Wii, 360, Wii U) - Nov 5 (US)
Tuesday: Call of Duty Time
If you're planning on doing a late night grocery shop this evening, change your plans now; the annual Call of Duty scramble descends on supermarkets worldwide from midnight.
The Call of Duty: Ghosts release date is set for November 5 on Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 Wii U and PC. As with the PS4 version, Ghosts for Xbox One will also arrive a week ahead of the console itself on November 15.
CVG's current-gen and PlayStation 4 Call of Duty: Ghosts review will be published on Tuesday morning and, as per Activision's media embargo, a separate verdict specifically covering the Xbox One version will be published later next week.
Since developer Infinity Ward has now confirmed that the Xbox One version of CoD Ghosts will run at native 720p, compared to PS4's 1080p, this will allow our critic to specifically address the differences between the two versions, if any.
Wednesday: Xbox One - The final preview
The new home consoles are tangibly close - there's just over a week left before US gamers get their PS4's - and this week we'll be publishing a final round of Xbox One impressions before the reviews themselves land.
Our writers will be sampling extensive portions of Xbox One launch titles Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3 at a preview event in London, before publishing our final pre-launch impressions.
We'll have final confirmation on review timings in the next edition of The Week Ahead.
Game fact of the week
This week in... 2007
Valve Software has revealed it's aiming for something pretty ambitious for the final chapter in the current Gordon Freeman storyline.
Its plan has emerged from a question put to Valve's David Speyrer on the absence of an Episode Three trailer at the end of Episode Two.
Explaining that one of the reasons for the lack of a trailer was to avoid diluting the ending of the second episode, Speyrer added that another reason 'was to leave us open on Episode Three.'
"'We're going to try and do something pretty ambitious for that project", he continued on Episode Three. "We don't want to over commit."
"'If you look at the Episode Two trailer that we shipped with Episode One there's some pretty radical difference between what you see there and see in finished game.
"'That's really an artefact of making a trailer for a product that's still in heavy production. You just don't know where you're going to end up.'"