With August upon us, we’re slowly pushing towards that yearly rush of new games, in which the game calendar quickly fills with near daily releases, and the biggest and most anticipated titles of the year start to flood in. One that’s not too far from release is that of the yearly entry in the Call of Duty series, but whilst recent years have seen a very similar copy and paste feel applied to each series entry, this years Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is one that looks to raise the bar and reignite the excitement – for both series veterans and newcomers alike. What better way to do that then to go back to where it all kicked off?
If you tuned in to the Infinity Ward livestream, then chances are you’ll be well aware of all the exciting new announcements regarding Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. However if you missed it then fear not, as we have everything you need to know right here, right now.
So, this year’s multiplayer will still have all the things players know and love. You’ll still see usual game modes such as Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint and Search & Destroy – albeit with a new spin. But it’s not just simply the same as we’ve seen year on year this time around and if you’re after something a little fresh, something unique, then you’re going to want to check out the new modes also coming into play. We’ll see modes that include 2v2 experiences designed for close combat in tight maps, and there are even those which cater for larger combat scenarios with a large player count, including the redefined Ground War mode that can support more than 100 players! Not even Battlefield has achieved that yet.
Of course new modes are great, but it’s the feel of Call of Duty’s multiplayer that has really grown stale over the years and Modern Warfare 2019 sees new mechanics coming into play to try and shake that up. Bullet penetration and door breaching will allow for complete tactical play, night vision goggles will illuminate the enemy in darker maps, and gun mounting will really help keep those flanks under control.
Weapon systems have also been changed this year, and now the impact of each bullet should ring of authenticity thanks to the refined down-the-barrel gunplay. Weapons themselves will see more than 40 attachments available for each one with a Gunsmith system ensuring a ton of customisation options are available to ensure players can truly create the weapons that feel right to them.
Hands On – The Beta
It’s alright talking about the multiplayer, but the burning question at the heart of every COD fan is the obvious… when you can you get hands on with the latest title? Well the answer is of course when the beta arrives, and for those of you with a PlayStation 4, like most years, it’s going to be a little earlier than everyone else. The deal Sony have with Activision is still firmly in place and because of it, you’ll find the first opportunity being an exclusive beta with an Early Access Period first from September 12th – 13th, followed by an Open Beta (still exclusive at this point) from 14th – 16th September.
For those of us on Xbox One and PC, then the dates to watch out for are September 19-20th for Early Access players, whilst September 21st– 23rd will give access to everyone in Open Beta.
Of course, PlayStation players can once more jump in on both of these dates, and this will also be the Beta that will see players experience crossplay testing for the first time in a Call of Duty title – the feature that is sure to bring the ultimate competition to the online side of the most popular FPS series out there.
We all know the Call of Duty multiplayer is a popular affair. It’s that popular that somehow we ended up seeing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 arrive with no single player option whatsoever, but that doesn’t mean it was a good idea. For those who have rued the opportunity to go in gung-ho through a cinematic and action filled single-player experience, you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll have the option to this time around as the single-player campaign will return.
In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, players will experience a host of personalities, including that of returning fan favourite Captain Price. Your target won’t just be some grunt on the battlefield however as you’ll be taking on covert operations from European cities, all the way to the war torn Middle East, with combat encounters against Tier One operators who bring their own set of rules into play when it comes to visceral combat.
If you’re looking for a tense, boundary breaking affair, then this year’s campaign is one for you to keep an eye on, and with different playstyles supported throughout it’s narrative, you can be sure to find something to engage with. What’s more, all progression across all modes, from single-player to multiplayer will include cross progression allowing players to truly progress no matter what they want to play.
Would Modern Warfare really be back if we didn’t see the return of once fan favourite Spec Ops mode? Of course not, and Infinity Ward are aware of that too as it’s returning in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare later this year.
Special Ops will allow players to squad-up and play cooperatively through elite operations that look to cater to all skill levels. Once again progression here will continue in a unified manner across into all other game modes, but if you’ve been craving some co-op action then this is where you’ll find it.
If you’re coming in exclusively from PC this year then you’ll find Battle.net as the place to purchase Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. This year’s title brings a fully optimised version for PC that includes the following features;
- Uncapped framerate
- Wide screen and multiple monitor support
- HDR support
- FOV slider
- Improved customisation options to fully customize gameplay for keyboard and mouse including gameplay/keybind options, simplified key bindings and advanced mouse options
The added bonus for all PC players, is that now you’ll find access to game with the largest user base for Call of Duty with Modern Warfare enabling cross-play for the first time which is expected to be available from day one.
I’m not a big one for all those fancy words, but we know they are a big part of what keeps gaming evolving so here is what you can expect to find under the hood powering this years Call of Duty.
First up is an all-new engine! The thing players have been crying out for, for many years, has finally arrived and with it comes state-of-the-art photogrammetry which brings with it a new level of visual fidelity. Also packed in is a new hybrid streaming system and a new PBR decal rendering system that should really ensure those textures pop. Of course, that wouldn’t be all too much without world volumetric lighting whilst 4K HDR will be standard.
If you’re a PC player and have been wanting to get a bit more of a look at that fantastic sounding Raytracing then you’ll now get the chance as DirectX Raytracing will be included whilst there is even a GPU geometry pipeline included.
Audiophiles haven’t been forgotten either as full Dolby ATMOS support will be available for supported platforms and whilst we are said to expect the latest cutting-edge technology for animation.
Now it’s okay for me to sit here and bring the good news, but if this isn’t enough, then why not check out the video below.
So, there we have it, all the news on the latest Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reveal. Are you looking forward to this year’s series entry? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels. And don’t forget, if you like what you are seeing, you can pre-order Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on Xbox One right now. The Xbox Store will sort you out.