The latest game in the long-running and popular Call of Duty series will simply be titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Modern Warfare will serve as a reboot of the series, featuring a modern-day conflict with emotional story-telling and multiplayer action for co-op and competitive. It’s launching October 25 on PC (Battle.net), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
“This is an all-new Modern Warfare reimagined in every way,” said Dave Stohl, co-Studio Head, Infinity Ward. “We are creating an emotionally charged experience that’s inspired by the headlines in the world today, where the rules are grey and battle lines are blurred. Players will join a varied cast of international special forces and freedom fighters in gripping and heart-pounding missions through iconic European cities and volatile expanses of the Middle East. It’s intense, it’s exciting, and we can’t wait for our fans to play this October.”
As you can probably guess, production values for one of Activision’s biggest series are through the roof. Modern Warfare features a laundry list of the latest graphical features, including 4K HDR, Raytracing, and volumetric lighting.
The two biggest announcements are the elimination of the almost ubiquitous season pass, and cross-play support between PC and consoles. Season passes have become a mainstay for AAA game releases over the years. According to co-studio head at Infinity Ward Patrick Kelly, the lack of season pass means they “can deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players.” The idea is to unite the community rather than fracture them between the haves and have-nots when it comes to DLC.
Cross-play support is also an interesting addition, considering mouse and keyboard players typically have huge advantages over those playing on a controller when it comes to first-person shooters.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will release on October 25 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.