It is that time of year people! And it might just make a few people happy. Call Of Duty is returning, and there are a few that are excited about this incarnation. This year’s release will go back to the old Modern Warfare series, though maybe not in the way you would expect.
So, this is a reboot.
Everyones assumption was we would receive Modern Warfare 4, possibly with a remaster of the popular Modern Warfare 2. This is not the case. If the game was coming back at all, this makes the most sense. But what we are getting is a bit confusing.
It is a reboot, but with returning characters. We do not know who else will make it in, but the trailer fully confirms Captain Price coming back. This is sure to make fans excited, but until the release most fans will just point and pause. While I will not go as far as the name baffling video game buyers, having original characters appear might.
The way previews are talking about the story is exciting. It sounds like Activision is letting Infinity Ward truly go back to their roots. The series seems to be going back to the dark military simulation that captivated us. Comparisons are being made to the “No Russian” mission from Modern Warfare 2, one that lives in infamy.
”No Russian” involved you playing an agent undercover with terrorists. The leader told everyone, “No Russian” as you exited an elevator in an airport and began mowing down civilians. You have the option not to fire, but at the end (SPOILER) you are killed an left behind to spark an international incident where the US will be blamed. The mission is so intense and dark you have to enable it by clicking yes on a prompt when the game first loads.
The story is said to be “ripped from headlines”, so some of it may strike close to home.
Wait, no season pass and cross-play?
These two developments are the most surprising. First off, no season pass. For the first time since I believe Modern Warfare 3 we will not have to purchase a season pass for map packs. The reason Activision says is so “the team can deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players”. I applaud Activision for taking this step. Many devs have taken this approach and this should work out in their favor, especially with next-gen coming up.
Next, cross-play. I am just not sure how they plan to implement it. Activision has not gone any further than the following statement when asked about cross-play, “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.” Does that mean PC can play with console only? Is it total confirmation of complete cross-play?
I honestly do not know. But in any case, Activision seems to be embracing their community in these changes. This is a step in making this Call Of Duty stand out to finish this generation.
Call Of Duty Modern Warfare will release October 25th, 2019. It will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Pre-orders are now life both digitally and at different retail locations.
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