Joining and fighting with a clan is always a big part of online competitive gaming, but developer Infinity Ward wants to make it better and more welcoming to new players. The studio also devised a way to connect players who play the popular first-person-shooter series Call of Duty across different platforms.

Clans in the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts provides players with a bunch of new opportunities. Clans can earn experience points (XP) as a group. This enables gamers to unlock unique items and bonuses unattainable for lone wolves. Infinity Ward will curate a clan-versus-clan playlist for teams who want to go against other organized units.

You can manage all this, view team stats, and communicate with teammates using the new Call of Duty app for smartphones and tablets. Through this program you can also manage your Clan Wars, a new metagame that applies points earned in battles toward taking over key locations on a map.

What’s neat is that clans can exist across platforms. This doesn’t mean that PlayStation 3 players will get to play against Xbox 360 owners in matches. Instead, it means that you can join a clan and contribute XP and points for Clan Wars regardless of the system you are using.

Call of Duty: Ghosts launches Nov. 5 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U. It will also debut on PlayStation 4 on Nov. 15 and Xbox One on Nov. 22. While the COD: Modern Warfare team is developing Ghosts, it features an all-new story and cast of characters.

Despite the promise of cross-platform clans, Activision confirmed that the Wii U version will not work with this feature.