Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare — Everything We Know

NEWS

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare takes the series back to where it had its first breakout success. This year’s entry in the annual franchise is a soft reboot, bringing back the name and many characters from the 2007 game while exploring a whole new story and building on the multiplayer lessons learned over the last 12 years.

 

Activision and Infinity Ward have been slowly taking the wraps off the next Call of Duty, most recently with a story trailer reveal during Sony’s State of Play. That revealed much more about the campaign, along with more details on the Spec Ops multiplayer mode. For all that and everything else we know, read on.

 

Story Campaign

The Modern Warfare campaign will once again take place in modern day, updated for the year 2019. The story promises to be more morally ambiguous, and will even include four major branching pathways that allow you to make major decisions that will have impacts on story events. The commitment to authenticity makes this year’s entry much more graphic than ever before, as one mission shown in a preview event included enemies choking on blood and writhing in pain on the ground.

The plot appears to focus on a war-torn country and the heroes aligning themselves with a faction of the conflict. In the process, chemical weapons are obtained by bad actors, further complicating the situation.

Mixed up in all this are familiar faces like Captain Price. But don’t expect him to reference events from the previous games in the series. This is a new continuity that reuses fan-favorite characters, not a continuation of any prior events.

So how long will this campaign last? The studio hasn’t said, exactly, but indicated it will be about as long as you’ve come to expect for a COD campaign. That usually means around 6-8 hours, give or take a few. Though it is worth noting that studio narrative director Taylor Kurosaki said the length “varies greatly.”

 

Multiplayer

Multiplayer has been retooled in several key ways, both to match this new game’s focus on authenticity and to update the gameplay yet again. A new “Realism” mode removes the HUD, and you can breach doors for ambushes. It also takes a fresh look at nighttime maps, with a revised version of night vision goggles.

Modern Warfare will bring back Killstreaks and several of the most popular multiplayer modes, along with two new modes: a 2v2 Gunfight mode, and Ground War, which pits large team sizes against each other. Despite the 100-strong match sizes in Ground War, though, it isn’t a battle royale, and Infinity Ward is careful to note it has no plans for a battle royale mode in Modern Warfare.

Not all of the new inclusions have gotten a warm welcome, however. The inclusion of the chemical weapon white phosphorous as a Killstreak bonus has been met with controversy, as the actual weapon is not meant to be used on human targets and can have devastating effects. Infinity Ward defended the reward by saying that while it is focused on gritty realism in the narrative campaign, the multiplayer is just meant to be fun.

 

PS4 Exclusive

The popular co-op mode Spec Ops is coming back as well, but one part of it will be a platform exclusive. Infinity Ward has confirmed that Survival, one of the Spec Ops modes, will be exclusive to PS4 until October 2020, when it will come to PC and Xbox One as well.

 

PC System Requirements

Activision has not released final system specs for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare yet. However, it has released specs for the recent PC beta test, and those are likely to be at least similar to the final recommendations:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Beta Minimum Specs

  • Requires DirectX 12 compatible system
  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit (1709 or later)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k or AMD equivalent
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB / GTX 1650 4GB or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • HDD: 45GB HD space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Recommended Specs

  • Requires DirectX 12 compatible system
  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k or AMD equivalent
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB / GTX 1660 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • HDD: 45GB HD space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Release Date

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launches on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 25. As usual, it’s coming in several different incarnations, so consult our pre-order guide for more details on the various versions and what collectibles and in-game items come with each.

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