Activision and Infinity Ward have details a new game mode coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, ahead of a wider multiplayer gameplay reveal at the start of August. Gunfight is a new small scale 2v2 mode, described as “multi-round cage matches”.
It was revealed with four Twitch streamers battling it out, and we’ve decided to embed…. LEGIQN’s stream for you to have a look:
Gunfight is built around four-player 2v2 matches, where every player has the exact same loadout and the pairs battle across small custom-made maps. The loadouts change every two rounds, as you swap sides of the map, to force you to adapt and prove your overall skill, with the first pair to win six rounds the overall winner.
It’s seriously bitesized, with each round lasting just 40 seconds before Overtime kicks in and a flag spawns. Even that only lasts for 10 seconds (with a three second capture time), and you can win either by capturing the flag or defeating the other time. After Overtime, the pair with the higher health wins, or it’s a draw if the health is perfectly level.
A loadout that you might be handed will generally feature a primary weapon, secondary weapon, tactical grenade (such as a flashbang), and lethal equipment (like a frag grenade). Three maps were shown: King, set in a warehouse, Pine, in a dense forest, and Stack, in a desert container yard.
The origin of the mode actually came from balancing the other parts of the multiplayer, with Infinity Ward’s Multiplayer Design Director explaining, “When we stripped the game down [to] test each weapon, everyone would check each weapon for balancing, and the game mode was born out of that.”
Beyond that, you’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for the rest of the game’s multiplayer, with the full reveal planned for Thursday, 1st August. At that point, they’ll dig into the wider “multiplayer universe”, with a look at gameplay, and hopefully some details of the game’s online progression systems.
Previously the company announced that the reboot to the Modern Warfare sub-franchise will be ditching the DLC season pass and feature cross-play between multiplayer platforms for the first time. Meanwhile, fans of the series’ co-op modes will be overjoyed to know that Spec Ops is returning, with the staple Zombies mode being put to one side for this entry.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC on 25th October.