Activision and Infinity Ward have announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The latest installment in the franchise, which launches on October 25, is the first Modern Warfare title since 2011. The trailer looks to recapture the atmosphere of 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, an iconic entry in the franchise.
Alongside the new trailer, a slew of extra information has been released. This is the first Call of Duty game to not feature a season pass since the DLC method became popular. Instead, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will deliver a live service model with free maps and updates, presumably supported by microtransactions. This entry will also take advantage of cross-play between consoles and PC, which is a first for Call of Duty.
War has never looked so good
Modern Warfare will also utilize a brand new game development engine. Infinity Ward says this engine will use the latest graphical technology, pointing to a major upgrade for the series. These improvements include DirectX Ray-tracing, world volumetric lighting and a physically-based material system.
As you can see in the trailer below, the game will take place across a number of war-torn locations. These include “iconic European cities” and “volatile expanses of the Middle East”. These more grounded locales aren’t the only throwbacks to the original Modern Warfare. In the trailer, we spotted the classic MP5 and FAMAS weaponry alongside the infamous night vision goggles from the past.
Although no details on multiplayer were present in the trailer, the information around post-launch support is promising. It seems that battle-royale will stay with Blackout mode for now, which should continue to be updated. Infinity Ward has announced that a co-op mode will feature this year, but no details have been revealed just yet. All in all, this looks to be a real reset for a series that has lacked direction this generation.