Ahead of Activision’s reveal for the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Universe reveal next month, we’ve got our first glimpse into Gunsmithing.
Loadout customization in Call of Duty multiplayer is nothing new for the franchise; but, in the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, developer Infinity Ward has a special name for it: Gunsmithing.
As the name suggests, Gunsmithing is an optional tool that allows you to customize both of your main Loadout weapons. According to Activision, “Each Primary and Secondary Weapon can be augmented to give you the precise type and style of firepower you require for any type of multiplayer game mode.”
Each gun will have areas available to augment, but the catch is that you can only customize up to five parts of each weapon. Assault Rifles, for instance, have nine areas available for augmentation: The Muzzle, Lasers, Optic, Stock, Rear Grip, Magazine, Underbarrel, Barrel, or a Perk. Clearly, some tough decisions are going to have to be made.
Unfortunately, that’s all the details Activision has offered at the moment, which leaves us with plenty of questions ahead of the planned August 1st multiplayer unveiling event. For starters, how will augmentations be unlocked? I assume they will be tied to leveling up each individual weapon, but it seems we’ll have to wait for some clarification.
How will the actual weapons be unlocked? Will they be tied to your multiplayer level like it has been in the past?
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It’s also unclear if Gunsmithing is as deep as the multiplayer customization will go in Modern Warfare. While this sub-series isn’t particularly known for its customization options, the Call of Duty franchise has come a long way since Modern Warfare 3, so I assume Infinity Ward will want to expand upon the option.
I assume Perks or some other modifier will return in the game, so that would seemingly be another customization option. And it’s likely you’ll have some sort of grenade or other tactical weaponry at your disposal, which presents another opportunity to customize your multiplayer experience to fit your playstyle.
At the same time, it seems Infinity Ward are keen on returning to the roots of the Call of Duty franchise, so maybe they will keep customization as simple and straightforward as weapon augmentation.
The point is we have questions, and it doesn’t seem like we’ll get full answers until the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Universe gameplay premiere on August 1, 2019. Until then, I would guess Activision will continue to tease at least a few more multiplayer features to build hype.