With all the predictability of the sun rising and setting, a new Call of Duty has been announced. Bang in line with all the rumours, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a soft reboot of the Modern Warfare series, back in the hands of Infinity Ward. I personally cannot wait for Infinity Ward’s inevitable next game - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. That won't be confusing in any way, whatsoever. No, not at all. Good job, branding team.
As we’ve come to expect from a new Call of Duty reveal, Activision’s publishing fluff is about as hyperbolic as it comes. The final game will inevitably be a fast-paced multiplayer shooter set in compact maps, while the single-player will be a linear mix of close-quarters and long-range shootouts. Still, let’s allow Activision to have their moment for now, who claim Call of Duty: Modern Warfare “pushes boundaries and breaks rules the way only Modern Warfare can with an edgy, culturally relevant and thought-provoking single-player campaign.”
COD: Modern Warfare welcomes back a solo campaign then, after it was unceremoniously dumped for Black Ops 4. Players will take part in a range of cover operations alongside international special forces and freedom fighters, trekking across iconic European cities like London, as well as expanses of the Middle East. Calling Captain Price ‘iconic’ and a ‘personality’ sounds a bit of a stretch, but the Modern Warfare stalwart will be back in action for this reboot.
In a big change for the series, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare won’t have any season pass. All post-launch content such as maps and modes will be available free of charge. A similar tactic definitely resulted in less content for Battlefield V, but Call of Duty is a consistently more popular series and probably stands to make a fair chunk from cosmetic microtransactions. There’s also going to be full cross-play between PC, PS4, and Xbox One, which should be, er, interesting… PC gamers will surely wipe the floor with gamepad users, so we’re keen to see exactly how this shakes out. Still, better together and all that, and it looks as if cross-platform multiplayer is rapidly becoming an industry standard.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare comes to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 25th.