With the information about Call of Duty’s 2019 title coming in fast and furiously now, let’s dissect through all the news.
The Important Stuff:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will release on October 25th, 2019. Infinity Ward will launch the game with 3 editions: Standard, Operator, and Operator Enhanced. Their details are pictured below:
Secondly, the game will feature cross-platform play and NOT have a Season Pass.
Regarding these decisions, Infinity Ward released the following statement:
“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. 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.”
Moreover, it seems that PlayStation exclusivity will remain, but new content will now be delivered only 1 week ahead of Xbox and PC as opposed to 1 month.
Finally, for the first time in over 5 years, Call of Duty will feature a new game engine. According to YouTuber Xclusive Ace, Infinity Ward have overhauled their graphics and sound engines. Moreover, the studio’s collaboration with famed developer Naughty Dog has brought more unique environmental and enemy interactions as well as a better stealth system during campaign missions.
So What’s The Actual Game About?
Last week, Infinity Ward invited several Call of Duty YouTubers to their LA studio to reveal and discuss the game. However, most of the available information right now is about the Campaign. Multiplayer information, as well as Alpha footage, will likely be revealed in the coming weeks.
With regards to the campaign, Infinity Ward made it clear that this is a ‘soft reboot’ of the Modern Warfare franchise. This means that while the game will feature some familiar characters (i.e. Captain Price), the game itself is simply in the same universe as the original trilogy, but with a completely different storyline. In fact, the majority of the game takes place in 2019, with motifs common to today’s life.
Like the original trilogy, however, the game will not follow one character. Rather, the player will jump from character to character and location to location throughout the campaign.
Infinity Ward revealed two full missions to YouTubers at their LA studio. In the first mission, you play as a police officer fending off modern-day terrorism in London. In the second, you play as a little girl in the Middle East trying to survive a Russian military occupation. You can read a detailed description of the missions here.
Moreover, much of the combat is in close quarters, with civilians and enemies sharing the mission space. This makes for a brutal and realistic campaign. In fact, according to popular YouTuber Drift0r, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare makes MW2's No Russian look like a Pixar Film. I'm deadly serious when I saw that I was shocked by the level of realistic violence.”
What Does All This Mean?
Altogether, Infinity Ward seemed intent on bringing Call of Duty back to its popular roots, and they’ve done that. They’ve also drastically upgraded game engine mechanics as well as removed a lot of pay-to-play content. This title truly does have a lot of promise, but the community says that every year. Only time will tell if we’re finally right.
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