There has been a lot of news in the Activision camp in regards to their Call of Duty franchise. Sales are slowing, but the numbers are still high. When Activision began selling the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on modern consoles, many people thought this was a sign of things to come. They were right. The reboot of the popular franchise is coming with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on October 25, 2019 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Modern Warfare is a reboot of the 2007 game–not a remake. There is a distinction. A reimagining, developer Infinity Ward says. The new game is not set in the same universe as the existing trilogy–Infinity Ward says that world had left little room to raise the stakes further–but it does feature some familiar faces. Captain Price is back, for example, but with what appears to be a new voice actor.
The game be complete with cross-play capabilities, but the extent of it is unclear. At the announcement time, a Activision representative could not reveal whether it will allow Xbox One and PS4 user cross-play or simply Xbox One and PC gamers. Here’s the official statement: “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.”
Plus, it won’t have the series’ traditional, paid Season Pass for post-launch maps, gear and events. Instead, developer Infinity Ward plans on shipping more free content than they have with past Call of Duty installments.
Modern Warfare features a robust single player campaign, plus co-op and multiplayer components, with a narrative experience that spans all modes. The previous Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4 from Treyarch, didn’t have a traditional single player option at all, instead supporting a handful of online multiplayer modes, including a battle royale option. Something, at the time, they were good with. Something seems to have changed.
This installment is all about single player, and Infinity Ward is pushing the series in a more realistic direction. Classic characters like Captain John Price return, but the storyline of previous Modern Warfare games has been scrapped. Players experience contemporary battlefields through the eyes of a highly skilled Special Forces soldier, and also from the perspective of a freedom fighter from a war-torn country in the Middle East.
It’s been a long twelve years since the original game and a few years since the series went off the rails. Moving into multi-player Black Ops territory and that whole futuristic nonsense. Modern Warfare seems to be Activision’s attempt to correct the ship and give many of their longtime fans something to be anxious for. To be honest, it’s working.