Activision has begun to hype up the Call of Duty fandom as their beta period draws near. The new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be the fourth in the series, however it will not brand a “four” at the end of the name due to it being a reboot, or “re-imaging” as Infinity Ward calls it. With this reboot comes a total reset of the storyline in hopes to create a more realistic world with events pulled straight from history books. Even with these changes, the franchise will still be bringing back familiar characters such as Captain John Price.
As of today, these are the current dates for the beta, however Activision does reserve the right to change these dates at their leisure:
Exclusive PS4 Pre-Order Beta Dates
Exclusive PS4 Open Beta Dates
All Platforms Pre-Order Beta Dates
All Platforms Beta Dates
Official Game Release Date
One of the key new features to this new release is the cross-platform gameplay. This will be the first time that a Call of Duty game offers the ability to play with gamers across all different platforms. Following the lead of the popular Epic game, Fortnite, Modern Warfare will feature an “input matchmaking” system that will place gamers into matches based on whether they are playing with mouse and keyboard or controller to help level the playing field. With this in mind, it will be highly unlikely that a mouse and keyboard player will be placed into a match with a controller player unless they are already in a party together.
This game will also be the first in the franchise to no longer have a season pass. Activision spoke out on this earlier, stating, “…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”
In a Twitter post on July 29th, Activision confirmed that Killstreaks would be in the new Modern Warfare while showcasing still-frame artwork for the following Killstreaks:
White Phosphorus: “Cover the battlefield with white smoke flare canisters that will disorient the enemy, and burn any that wander too close”
Infantry Assault Vehicle: “Manned light infantry assault vehicle with a .50 cal machine gun on top”
Juggernaut: “Care package that contains Juggernaut assault gear”
Unlike Black Ops 4, the new Modern Warfare game will have a single player campaign on top of multiplayer modes and co-op missions. The single player campaign features missions in many European cities as well as multiple locations in the Middle East. During the gameplay showcase on August 1st, fans were given the opportunity to view the single player campaign in action as the gamers played through two different mission types: one as a special forces soldier with high-tech gear fighting terrorism and another as a “rebel freedom fighter” using guerrilla tactics and improv weapons, such as molotov cotails and IEDs to defeat Tier One enemies.
Gunsmithing is another fun addition that will allow players to customize their primary and secondary weapons to the precise type and style of fire power they require for any type of multiplayer game mode. However, players will be limited to five upgrades per weapons so, choose wisely!
2v2 matches will be introduced as well, in a new game mode called Gunfight. This mode comes with its own game specific maps, three of which have been showcased during the Multiplayer Premiere on August 1st: Pine (a small forest map), King (a MOUT warehouse training site), and Stacks (shipping depot). Along with game exclusive maps, this mode also comes with its own set of challenging rules such as:
- No health regeneration
- No perks
- One life per round
- Randomly generated class and weapon presents
In this fast-paced game mode, the first team to win ten rounds is victorious.
One fun little add-on to look forward to is the “Tamagunchi” (a twist on the popular toy from the 90’s, Tamagotchi). This feature can be equipped to the players wristwatch and is a small creature players can feed by making concurrent kills. “This little thing on your wrist, every time you get a string of kills, it goes ‘Ya-ta!’ and it makes a little noise, then you look at it, and it evolved out of an egg,” art director Joel Emslie said in a Game Informer interview. “Tamagunchis are fed by the player’s performance in multiplayer.”
With so many new features to look forward to, the newest addition to the Call of Duty franchise has high prospects. Unfortunately, there still has been no official word on a Battle Royale mode for Modern Warfare, despite many rumors on social media. Infinity Ward isn’t completely ruling out battle royale in Modern Warfare, but it isn’t a focus like Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode. Design director Joe Cecot spoke to IGN on this, staring, “We’re excited for large player counts and things like that, but right now we’re really focused on core multiplayer.”