After much speculation, we finally know that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is indeed a reboot of the popular CoD series of titles, and will not follow on from the events of Modern Warfare 3.
The 16th Call of Duty was announced by publisher Activision last night, along with a release date of October 25 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is being developed by Infinity Ward, who worked on the previous three Modern Warfare games, as well as Ghosts, Advanced Warfare, and Infinite Warfare.
While all of the above seems to have already been known about by everyone and their nan thanks to a series of leaks and reports, the official announcement did come with a few nice surprises; specifically that the new Modern Warfare will support cross-platform play, and won’t have a season pass.
I know, I’m as shocked as you are at the prospect of a Call of Duty game that isn’t immediately asking for more money on top of the initial entry price, but while we wait for the other shoe to drop we might as well be happy about it.
In a statement given to PC Gamer, Activision said that the reasoning behind doing away with the season pass and introducing cross-play is to attempt to “unite the community.”
With the launch of Modern Warfare, the team is taking steps to unite the community. 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.
We’ve yet to hear any solid details on Modern Warfare’s multiplayer modes, but we do know that there will be several, in addition to a single player campaign that sounds mightily ambitious.
On top of that, PC Gamer reports that Modern Warfare will introduce an “all-new cooperative play mode, featuring a collection of strategic co-op missions.” It’s unclear if the game will have a battle royale mode, but previous rumblings suggested Infinity Ward would be ditching battle royale in favour of more traditional multiplayer fun.
It certainly seems as if Activision and Infinity Ward are making all the right moves right now. Modern Warfare might just – whisper it – be the first Call of Duty in years that fans don’t complain about.
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Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.