Call of Duty next-gen upgrades free until the end of March… and a weird story involving Rudy Giuliani

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Two bits of interesting Call of Duty news this afternoon:

First, the easy to digest news: The good news is that for players who haven’t yet upgraded to the latest console generation, Activision has announced that if you buy the PS3 or Xbox 360 version, it’ll be possible to upgrade to the game’s PS4/Xbox One counterpart for FREE – providing you do so by the end of March next year. Brilliant.

Secondly, an update on the bizarre story of how former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is suing Activision for featuring his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

It seems Activision is quite pleased with the publicity Noriega is giving the game series: It has now press released the fact that it has recruited none other than former New York Mayor Rudy “9/11… have I mentioned 9/11 yet?” Guiliani to represent the company in court.

“Manuel Noriega had no more than an inconsequential appearance in Call of Duty and isn’t entitled to anything for his role as a brutal dictator”, Rudy Giuliani is quoted as saying in the press release. “If successful, this case would obliterate the entire genre of historical fiction. I couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of being back in court to defend the makers of Call of Duty against this convicted murderer who wants to make a mockery of the U.S. legal system and attack our right to free speech.”

And to think Call of Duty has been accused in the past of militaristic flag waving!

James O’Malley