It is that time of year again, for fans of the first-person shooter genre to receive their annual instalment in Activision’s long-running Call of Duty franchise. Now available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC platforms; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is now available from video game retailers and each platforms respective digital distribution channels in western markets. This is the second instalment to retain this monkier, the first being the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in 2007, followed by its remastered edition for current-generation platforms in 2016.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to be a reimagining of the franchise, with the development team at Infinity Ward setting out to also promote a spirit of community play through implementation of both crossplay and cross-progression support. While not sans paid content entirely through the use of an announced battle pass, the publisher has confirmed that there will be “a load of new post-release content coming free for all players on all platforms”, and the removal of loot boxes, a step in the right direction regarding the latter given the amount of controversy they have received.
In its single player campaign, players will take on the role of tier one operators in a saga that will affect the global balance of power, involving a cast of international special forces and freedom fighters. There will also be the Special Ops mode, which seeks to “advance the overarching Modern Warfare lore with multiple ways to play co-op, including Operations, the largest and most involved experience with multi-phased objectives, and the more curated Classic Special Ops, to test your performance with weapons, munitions and other tools.”
Those wanting to just dive into the multiplayer experience will be able to choose from a variety of modes including the fast-action 2v2 Gunfight, 6v6 multiplayer, large-scale maps that support high player counts and more. These modes will offer a selection of multiplayer operators, and modifiability through the new Gunsmith system, which seeks to give players the ability to customise how they play based on preferred playstyle.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is now available for purchase on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. The PC version was developed in partnership with Beenox, and is available exclusively via the Blizzard Battle.net service. While primarily developed by Infinity Ward, additional development support was also received by High-Moon Studios, Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games.