Keyboard and mouse support is rather rare on consoles but when it is supported those playing usually have an advantage over those using joypads and Infinity Ward are taking this in to account when matchmaking, including when playing across platforms.
“We’re going to be matchmaking by peripheral, so if you’re a keyboard player you’re going to play with other keyboard players,” explained Design Director Joe Cecot to Dualshockers. “But, if you’re a console player and you’re playing on a gamepad you can actually opt in…We also don’t let you change your controller or peripheral mid-match, so once you’ve chosen it, it’s locked in.”
Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game will support keyboard and mouse controls. The PC version, which is being worked on by Beenox, will also be “fully-optimised” with uncapped frame rates, FOV sliders and widescreen and multi-monitor support.
There will be four betas for the game thanks to Early Access and PlayStation exclusive deals.
- PlayStation 4 Exclusive Beta
- September 12 – 13 (Early Access, PlayStation 4)
- September 14 – 16 (Open Beta, PlayStation 4)
- Beta including crossplay testing
- September 19 – 20 (Early Access, PC and Xbox One; Open Beta, PlayStation 4)
- September 21 – 23 (Open Beta, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One)
Infinity Ward were recently criticised for adding a White Phosphorus kill streak to the game. White Phosphorus is a chemical adgent that has been banned by many countries as it causes horrific chemical burns. The United States, natch, has not signed up to the ban.
Infinity Ward have justified the inclusion by saying they are creating a “playground to play on”, a statement which seems at odds with their previous claims that they were making the game more realistic. In fact they have just announced a “Realism Mode” which removes all the hit indicators from the game and changes the soundscape of the game.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will hitting the shelves and digital stores on October 25th, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.