As promised, the next iteration of Activision’s blockbuster Call of Duty franchise was revealed today. In doing so, the company confirmed all of the previous rumours and leaks, by showing that it is, in fact, a re-imagined Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Developed by Infinity Ward — the folks who brought us the ever popular first and second Modern Warfare games — this reboot will feature “a unified narrative experience and progression across a heart racing, epic single-player story, an action-packed multiplayer playground, and new cooperative gameplay.” This means that the ‘no campaign’ experiment that Black Ops 4 began has come to an end, at least for this year.
“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.”
This Modern Warfare will utilize a new engine, which promises an immersive and photo-realistic experience. Through it, the game will employ a physically-based material system, state of the art photogammetry, a new hybrid tile based rendering system, a new PBR decal rendering system, world volumetric lighting, 4K HDR, DirectX Raytracing (PC), and more. Going further, it also promises the latest in audio simulation effects, alongside Dolby ATMOS functionality.
“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.”
Starting today, those with interest can preorder the digital versions of the game for their platform of choice (PC, Xbox One or PlayStation 4).
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will return on October 25th.