Call of Duty: Modern Warfare revealed: cross-play, intense campaign, no season pass - coming October 25thPlatforms: Sony PlayStation 4 | Microsoft Xbox One | PC
2019's Call of Duty has finally been given a full reveal, and as expected, it's been given the familiar title of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The game features a gritty and intense campaign, cross-play, and will not have a season pass. Modern Warfare will release on October 25th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC (Battle.net).
Activision are calling the Infinity Ward developed title a "powerful re-imagined experience" that is clearly heavily inspired by the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
Check out the pretty thrilling reveal trailer below.
The campaign will see you "take on the role of highly-skilled Tier One operators in an incredibly raw and gritty narrative affecting the global balance of power". Activision says to "expect a single-player experience that is edgy, culturally relevant, and thought-provoking" as it "shines a light on the changing nature of modern war".
"Players will fight alongside a diverse cast of international special forces and freedom fighters working within the grey area of their rules of engagement, in a number of heart-pounding covert operations set throughout iconic European cities and into the volatile expanses of the Middle East".
"Missions include close-quarter, stealth operations and long-range combat that puts tactical decision-making to the ultimate test".
Also confirmed is classic online Call of Duty multiplayer and co-op "experiences" that sound very much like the return of Spec-Ops.
Ars Technica are one of many publications that were given the chance to see the game first-hand at a pre-E3 event. Their write up delves into a facsinating amount of detail regarding the narrative, the playable characters, and features an interview with Infinity Ward developers.
Their article emphasises the brutality that Infinity Ward are going for in their new campaign, saying it is "comparable to the visceral Last of Us series".
The campaign has "rewound a few of its familiar characters and concepts, then placed them in an entirely new, "current-day" storyline". That is why the fan-favourite Captain John Price returns in this entry, because the timeline has effectively been reset.
Ars Technica's article concludes by highlighting that "CoD:MW will support cross-play between PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms", though not every game mode has been confirmed as being cross-play. Activision also confirmed that they will "eliminate the traditional season pass so that [Infinity Ward] can deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players".
While there is certainly reason to question whether Infinity Ward can pull-off a hard-hitting, emotional narrative campaign with finesse and grace, I am delighted that there is such a focus on story.