Written By: Steve Vegvari
We have finally received official word on what this year’s Call of Duty entails. Activision and Infinity Ward revealed the first look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to the masses. The brief two-minute trailer only teased what to expect from the upcoming game’s campaign. However, Activision did reveal additional information about the game.
Before we dive into that, let’s take a look at the basics. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a reboot to the Modern Warfare sub-series. We see the return of Captain Price as he immerges from the shadows and continues to provide a voiceover for the remainder of the trailer.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s trailer shows quick flashes of scenes that resemble those from the original Modern Warfare. Although, the likelihood of the campaign retreading the same story beats is slim. As the trailer comes to an end, we get confirmation of an October 25th release date.
The campaign is not the only thing we learned about. In an official press release, Activision revealed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be the first in the franchise to support cross-play across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will now join the ranks of games like Fortnite and Rocket League to bring their player base together when playing the multiplayer component.
Unfortunately, details on multiplayer are scarce. The only reference given on Activision’s blog was: “Beyond the gripping single-player campaign, expect a unified narrative experience and progression across the entire game, including single-player campaign, online multiplayer, and co-op experiences.” However, PlayStation Lifestyle did report that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare would not have a Zombies mode. Expect more details on multiplayer and additional features to emerge during E3 and the months following.
The next piece of pertinent news is that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will not include a season pass. All additional pieces of content will be playable for free. This includes additional map packs, post-launch game events, and more. It is worth noting that PlayStation appears to still have a limited exclusivity deal on new content. This means PS4 owners will be able to jump into new maps before PC and Xbox One players.
The last big new item is that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is built on a brand new engine. Everything seen during the trailer is “actual in-game footage” running off the new engine. This new engine comes after the IW engine has been used in some form ever since Call of Duty 2 back in 2005.
This new engine features a hybrid tile-based streaming system, PBR decal rendering system, world volumetric lighting, and a new GPU geometry pipeline. In addition, 4K HDR and Dolby ATMOS will be supported. PC players will also see the benefits of the new DirectX Raytracing in the game. All this serves to bring a more immersive experience both graphically and audibly.
That’s all the information we’ve got for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare so far. As more details emerge we’ll be sure to fill you in. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be available on October 25th on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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About The Author: Steve Vegvari
Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His enthusiasm and adoration of the video game industry go back to the days of SNES. Find him on Twitter and join in on the escapades.