After going dark yesterday on all social media channels, Call of Duty revealed the next game in the series. And it’s going back to basics with a simple subtitle: Modern Warfare.
Developed by Infinity Ward, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set in a modern day with a conflict where your decisions could likely affect the global balance of power. There are a new campaign and multiplayer coming, as well a focus on cooperative gameplay!
“This is an all-new Modern Warfare reimagined in every way,” said Dave Stohl, co-Studio Head, Infinity Ward. “We are creating an emotionally charged experience that’s inspired by the headlines in the world today, where the rules are grey and battle lines are blurred. Players will join a varied cast of international special forces and freedom fighters in gripping and heart-pounding missions through iconic European cities and volatile expanses of the Middle East. It’s intense, it’s exciting, and we can’t wait for our fans to play this October.”
“Every design decision has been made with our players in mind,” said Patrick Kelly, Creative Director and co-Studio Head, Infinity Ward. “With the launch of Modern Warfare, we’re taking steps to unite the community.” Kelly continues, “First, we plan for Modern Warfare to be played together across PC and console through cross-play support. Second, we’re eliminating the traditional season pass, so that we can deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players. This is just the beginning – there’s much more to come.”
What’s caught my attention is the fact that a new engine is being utilized for the next installment, one that uses photo-realism to drive the experience. More importantly, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launched with true cross-play across all platforms, so whether it’s Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or PC, we all play together!
While that’s all worth discussing, a major nugget of information lies in the press release: no Season Pass! In previous games, a Season Pass solely at launch and offered new maps as they became available. Now, all maps are free and likely means micro transactions are in.
The PC version is in development with support from sister studio Beenox and will be exclusive to Battle.net.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launches on October 25, 2019, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.