So after tons of waiting, and even more wild speculation, games can finally dig their claws into the latest entry in the long-running Call of Duty series. And yes, the naming convention is confusing.
The newest title in the franchise is called Call of Duty Modern Warfare as a direct callback to previous entries which served to completely rewrite the formula for the modern military shooter. The original Call of Duty Modern Warfare released in 2007, followed closely by the direct sequel in 2009. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 then came in 2011, wrapping a neat little bow around the series of shooters, or so fans thought.
We now know that this isn’t a remake, but rather a modernized reboot of these recent classics. The new game will indeed have a singleplayer campaign, which is something Call of Duty fans have wanted to see the return of for years. The character-driven stories and drama that unfolded on gamer’s screens in those previous games were often billed as rivaling Hollywood blockbusters in scale and intensity, and fans have wanted to recapture some of that magic. As part of this new story, we’ll see more covert and overt military operations being undertaken with the player running and gunning alongside a diverse cast of often eccentric characters.
We even have a release date confirmed with the launch of this trailer.
The new shooter in the iconic franchise is scheduled to drop on October 25th. Call of Duty Modern Warfare is coming to both PC and consoles, and will apparently feature cross-play support for all platforms, which is awesome. Check out the new announcement trailer for Call of Duty Modern Warfare down below.
In other news, it looks like Infinity Ward is returning to give the new game a much more realistic tone and believable stakes. Taylor Kurosaki, studio narrative director at Infinity Ward spoke with Polygon to offer some insights on these goals.
“By the time Modern Warfare 3 was over, nukes had gone off, the U.S. had been invaded by Russians, and there were no more relatable stakes. So we put that storyline to bed, and instead reimagined those characters so they could work in the conflicts of today. The world we live in is more complex than the one 10 years ago. Enemies often do not wear uniforms … as a result, civilian collateral damage is a bigger part of the equation.”
So in short, we’re going to see a modernized and much more believable take on modern war when this game comes out.