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Eminem Fights for ‘Survival’ in ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Trailer

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Some of us still haven’t gotten used to the idea that video games have trailers now, but if any of 2013’s new games deserve one, it’s the highly anticipated ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts.’ And for proof, here’s a commercial that highlights the upcoming title’s graphics and gameplay to the strains of Eminem‘s ‘Survival.’

The new song, due to appear on Eminem’s upcoming ‘Marshall Mathers LP 2,’ has strong ‘Call of Duty’ ties. It was originally offered as a bonus download for gamers who pre-ordered ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts,’ and it previously appeared in the game’s multiplayer trailer. ‘Survival,’ which will also be featured in the game, marks the third time Eminem has licensed his material to the ‘Call of Duty’ series. ‘Till I Collapse’ was used in the ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2′ trailer, and ‘Won’t Back Down’ is heard in the ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ trailer and end credits.

Clearly, having one’s music associated with a hit video game doesn’t hurt its chart performance. ‘Survival,’ released as the second single from ‘MMLP2′ in early October, broke the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and made the Top 20 on the Hot 100. Produced by DJ Khalil, the track features vocals on the hook from Liz Rodrigues of the New Royales.

As for the game itself? Having Eminem’s name attached isn’t a bad thing, but given that this is the tenth main installment in a series that’s inspired fans to log billions of hours of gameplay over the last 10 years, it probably didn’t need any extra help getting the word out. ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ is scheduled to arrive in stores on Nov. 5.

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