A handful of previews dropped at the same time as the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reveal trailer, with some further juicy details about what the game will offer. The game will launch on 25th October for PS4, Xbox One and PC, and as revealed to The Telegraph it will have cross-play multiplayer across all platforms. Not only that, but they’re properly ditching the season pass business model.
Activision said, “With the launch of Modern Warfare, the team is taking steps to unite the community. First, the team plans for Modern Warfare to be played together across PC and console through cross-play support.”
That’s a big step for the Call of Duty series to be taking, especially if PC can battle console, but it follows in the footsteps of other shooters over the past few years. Fortnite is one notable example where there’s cross-platform competitive multiplayer, but Gears of War 4 was another case where the developers found that actually there wasn’t that big a difference between console and PC. How it will be implemented will be fascinating to see, but this is a landmark moment for the notion of cross-play multiplayer.
While Activision have not gone into the specifics of modes, they mention “classic multiplayer” and cooperative elite operations to take on, but there’s no word of a return of Battle Royale, which debuted with Black Ops 4.
Further to that, Activision are ditching the “traditional season pass, so that they can deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players.”
That could be a mixed blessing, as the company has struggled with monetisation in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. That game featured the Black Ops Pass, which stepped away from the idea of having four map pack drops in favour of releasing content in a more steady stream. However, that’s been joined by numerous different microtransaction currencies and promotional events dependent on purchases. It’s had a great deal of negativity from the community, and so how Activision balance free and paid content in Modern Warfare will certainly be put under the microscope.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was announced this evening with a reveal trailer that takes us back to a fully reimagined take on the original Modern Warfare – hence why it’s not Modern Warfare 4. It features a fresh take on the character of Captain Price as Tier One operators take on cover operations through Europe and the Middle East.
Modern Warfare will launch on 25th October for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Source: The Telegraph