Today, Activision and Infinity Ward have revealed the next entry into the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has players taking on the role of highly-skilled Tier One operators in an incredibly raw and gritty narrative affecting the global balance of power. The game is set to release on October 25, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Last week, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was leaked and it revealed that the game is a “soft reboot” of the Modern Warfare series of Call of Duty titles. Unlike last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the single-player campaign returns to Modern Warfare. Activision says that “the new Modern Warfare delivers an emotionally charged and intense campaign that shines light on the changing nature of modern war. Expect a single-player experience that is edgy, culturally relevant, and thought-provoking”.
The campaign will have players fighting 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. The campaign will have missions that include close-quarter, stealth operations and long-range combat that puts tactical decision-making to the ultimate test. Dave Stohl, Studio Head for Infinity Ward told IGN that “this project is different, it’s a real passion project for the studio. This is a military sim. It’s more about that kind of authentic experience.”
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare features a new engine delivering an immersice and photo-realistic experience. The new technology includes a physically-based material system allowing for state of the art photogrammetry, a new hybrid tile based streaming system, new PBR decal rendering system, world volumetric lighting, 4k HDR, DirectX Raytracing (PC) and more.
The game will feature a unified narrative experience and progression across the entire game, including single-player campaign, online multiplayer, and co-op experiences. Infinity Ward has revealed that the team plans for Modern Warfare to be played together across PC and console through cross-play support. Infinity Ward has also shared that the traditional Season Pass that has been in previous Call of Duty won’t be in Modern Warfare. Infinity Ward made this decision so the team can “deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players”. Creative Director Patrick Kelly said “every design decision has been made with our players in mind. This is just the beginning – there’s so much more to come”.