Call of Duty is back after last year’s Black Ops 4 with a new installment titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. If that rings a bell, it’s because Call of Dutydevelopers Infinity Ward and publisher Activision have released a number of Modern Warfare installments in the past — four, to be exact.
Now, Modern Warfare is being re-imagined and there will be key changes to the gameplay in this long-running series from the Call of Duty franchise. There haven’t been too many details released yet, despite the game coming out in just a few months. As of July 2019, this is what we can expect from the newest version of Modern Warfare.
Buckle up: this is going to be one intense ride.
When Is the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Release Date?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be released oh-so-soon: October 26, 2019.
Is There a Trailer For Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?
A first-look trailer featuring a gameplay demo was released back in May. You can watch it above and get a feel for how the story and feel of Modern Warfare will be updated for this latest Call of Duty installment. Of particular note are the stunning graphics, which will no doubt only make the gameplay experience that much better.
What Are the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Story Basics?
Infinity Ward has deemed this latest Modern Warfare entry a “re-imagining” of the original Modern Warfare story. The game will be set in a modern, realistic setting and feature up-to-date weapons and tactical options for players. According to Xbox’s E3 2019 preview, Modern Warfare begins with a terrorist attack in Piccadilly Circus in London. Returning character Captain Price and player character Sergeant Kyle Price are believed to be the suspects. Xbox’s report continues:
A person code-named “Wolf’ is thought to be responsible. There’s a cell hideout in a North London house. Cut to a four-person quad approaching through the alley. Garrick raises a collapsible ladder to enter through the kitchen on the first floor. One of the soldiers catches a woman as she enters to put the kettle on, and then the mission really kicks into gear.
From there, it’s game on.
PC Gamer also notes the singleplayer campaigns will include the Middle East and other Europeans cities in addition to London.
What Should I Know Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Gameplay?
In the same Xbox E3 2019 report mentioned earlier, one big aspect of the gameplay has changed. Modern Warfare will eschew game features which have been included for years in past installments — like slow-motion sequences — and instead favor pacing the action so that tensions run high and gamers feel the harrowing experience of being a soldier working through a mission.
For the first time ever in Modern Warfare, there will be an option for cross-platform multiplayer. The cross-player feature will allow players on Xbox, PC, and PS4 to play with others for a unique gaming experience that has never been available to Call of Duty fans before.
There will also be no Modern Warfare season pass. As reported by The Gamer, a statement from Activision explains this decision:
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. Also, the team is eliminating the traditional season pass, so that they can deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players.
Gamesradar also reported that Modern Warfare will have no zombie mode. Sorry folks, looks like you’re just going to have to fight against the living from here on out.
Which Call of Duty Games Should I Play Before Modern Warfare?
There are definitely no required revisits to any of the previous Call of Duty games and Modern Warfare games, in particular. That said, logging some hours on your preferred Call of Duty installment, like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, might be a nice way to bone up on the weapons, strategy, characters, and world before you head into Modern Warfare.
How Can I Play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be available to play on Xbox, PS4, and PC when it’s released in October.
Can I Pre-Order Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? Is There a Beta?
You can pre-order the game now to get a small perk, or pay extra for even more bonus features. Activision hasn’t confirmed a beta yet. The Modern Warfare beta is rumored for August, but it’s unclear if it will be open or closed (meaning you’ll have to pre-order to play early).