Activision has officially unveiled this year’s Call of Duty title and thanks to previous leaks, it is indeed a reboot of the Modern Warfare series.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as it’s called was unveiled last night and looks to be one of the best looking games in the series so far. This is due to the game being built on a completely new engine. And in the theme of continuing to throw factoids around, the new title will also support cross-play across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Now, what’s this all about? Simply put, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare isn’t a sequel it’s a complete reboot of the series. According to Infinity Ward’s narrative director Taylor Kurosaki, the reason for the reboot and not a sequel is simply because of the conclusion of Modern Warfare 3 which saw the Russian’s nuke the United States of America.
“By the end of Modern Warfare 3 nukes had gone off, the Russians had invaded the US and, frankly for us as storytellers, there were no relatable stakes left for us to craft a story around,” He said.
So rather than following on with the Infinite Warfare series which was one of the many games during the jump pack, exo-suit, boost jump era of Call of Duty, they’re bringing back a beloved series but with a more modern twist, because at the end of the day the “modern warfare” climate is way different than it was back in 2007.
This time around it seems to be focusing on smaller skirmishes, for example, players will be infiltrating a London townhouse as part of an operation against an al-Qaeda cell following a terrorist attack in Piccadilly Circus. Players will be taking the role of Wolf, who’s a part of Captain Price’s team. That’s right, Price is back and being painfully truthful as usual.
“The rules have changed,” he says in the reveal trailer. “War isn’t black or white. It’s grey. There’s a fine line between right and wrong and somewhere, in the shadows, they send us in”
It seems more than ever that Infinity Ward is focusing on narrative here. Considering Black Ops 4 ditched the campaign entirely, it’ll be a welcome return for players who liked throwing themselves into some of the iconic firefights from Call of Duty games of past, and that’s something the developers are looking to continue this time around. And with the addition of ex-Naughty Dog developers on the team, we can definitely expect a memorable experience.
Much like most Call of Duty reveals, all we have now is some slim information about the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s story. Other features, such as the game’s multiplayer mode, are kept for a later date. What we do know, however, is that the game will be cross-network play, meaning for the first time in series history players across PC, PS4, and Xbox One will be able to play together regardless of system.
That doesn’t mean that Activision is ditching its deal with Sony, that’s still happening, of course, with content landing on PS4 first, but this title isn’t going with the Season Pass we’ve become all so familiar with. In fact, another first in series history is that Modern Warfare will be adopting a more inclusive way of adding new content.
“With the launch of Modern Warfare, the team is taking steps to unite the community,” Infinity Ward said in a statement. “First, the team plans for Modern Warfare to be played together across PC and console through cross-play support.
“Also, the team is eliminating the traditional season pass, so that they can deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players.”
What this likely means is that new content such as multiplayer maps, weapons, and other things usually held back for those who want to pay $50 for a season pass, may be coming to all players for free – though PS4 players will get it first. Exact details are still under wraps but I’m sure we’ll hear more about these plans over the coming months.
While Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ditched the single player mode, it did offer a robust multiplayer mode, a battle royale mode, as well as Zombies. While Infinity Ward has only spoken about the game’s campaign, it has recently been revealed that Modern Warfare won’t have a zombies mode.
In an interview with PlayStation Lifestyle, campaign gameplay director Jacob Minkoff said, “we’re trying to create an authentic, realistic feeling world. We don’t have the flexibility to do something like put zombies in the game. That would compromise the feeling of playing in a world that feels realistic and authentic and relative to today’s conflicts and things we face”.
While this may be disappointing news for some, it may be worth noting that we may see the return of Special Ops which was introduced in Modern Warfare 2. These were a series of standalone single-player and co-op missions based on some scenarios from within the main campaign. Though this is just speculation.
Finally, we have a release date. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be launching across PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 25.