Call of Duty: Modern Warfare officially announced with October release date

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After months of speculation, Activision has finally confirmed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, a reimagining of the iconic sub-series.

In what has been a horribly kept secret, Activision officially confirmed today Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. This isn’t just a lame attempt at a remake or soft reboot of one of the franchise’s most popular sub-series, though; this is a complete reimagining built from the ground up from a brand new game engine.

In a press release accompanying the announcement, Activision talked of new technology that “utilizes the latest advancements in visual engineering, including a physically-based material system allowing for state of the art photogrammetry, a new hybrid tile based streaming system, new PBR decal rendering system, world volumetric lighting, 4K HDR, DirectX Raytracing (PC) and more as well as a new GPU geometry pipeline.”

It’s a lot of fancy words that tout the photo-realistic experience, but really all you need to do is watch the teaser trailer for a glimpse of what Activision is boasting about. Even the biggest Call of Duty haters will have a hard time denying that this is the best-looking CoD game we’ve ever had.

Despite how pretty the game looks though, Call of Duty is undoubtedly about the gameplay experience. And while we’ll have to wait – possibly for E3 – to see actual gameplay footage, Activision did confirm some general monetization decisions that should make gamers happy.

For starters, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is doing away with a “traditional” season pass and will instead provide players with more free maps and content as well as post-launch events. It seems there’s even a few surprises planned that Activision wasn’t quite ready to talk about.

Ditching the archaic season pass is a huge, but welcomed change. But this is Activision we’re talking about, so you know there will be some sort of post-launch monetization plan. My guess is we’ll see something more in line with a battle pass that is often used in battle royale games. This seems to be the new standard and is typically more embraced by the gaming community.

I’m expecting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare‘s multiplayer will be broken out into four seasons (every three months), each offering its own unique season pass filled will unique cosmetics that are unlocked by playing multiplayer.

Activision also promised cross-play support between PC and consoles, a decision that’ll likely be more divisive among the player base. The argument against this would be that mouse and keyboard players would have a huge advantage over players with a controller, but I’m thinking that Activision won’t just throw all platforms into one queue. I imagine they have the foresight to matchmake mouse and keyboard players together, regardless of console or PC, and then keep all controller-based players in another queue.

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Beyond that, Activision promised “a unified narrative experience and progression across a heart racing, epic single-player story, an action-packed multiplayer playground, and new cooperative gameplay.” None of this is exactly new and pretty much sounds like standard PR jargon, so I’m approaching today’s announcement with cautious optimism that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be a true return to the franchise’s roots.

Speaking of roots, after Treyarch’s Black Ops 4 ditched a traditional campaign in favor of a battle royale mode (Blackout), it seems Activision and Infinity Ward are keen on delivering an explosive story in Modern Warfare – one “inspired by the headlines in the world today, where the rules are grey and battle lines are blurred.”

The Modern Warfare series has made headlines in the past for its controversial moments (see: No Russian), but the series isn’t known for tackling these morally grey issues will brilliance. I do wonder how they’ll depict the “volatile expanses of the Middle East.”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases October 25 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The fully-optimized PC version will be developed in partnership with Beenox and will be available exclusively on Blizzard

Are you excited for the reimagining of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?