Call of Duty is back… is it?
It’s been eight years since we last saw an entry in the popular, yet insanely broken, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series. After years of speculation, Infinity Ward is finally going back to it’s roots (even though I wanted a sequel to Ghosts for its campaign) and bringing us Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Just watch the trailer, and we’ll talk about it in a sec.
So you may be wondering “There’s already a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. What the heck is this?” According to the internet (aka the people who Activision flew out) this is a “soft” reboot of the Modern Warfare series. Soft, in this case, means we will see some of the same characters, but the setting will be different. In this case, Captain Price is back and we may have the possibility of seeing other potential fan favorites, since the past Modern Warfare storyline no longer “exists” a la reboot. Personally, I would’ve been fine with a continuation of the previous stories, but if we can get Ghost back, I’ll live.
To be honest, I didn’t expect anything much from this trailer since the rumor was a campaign was going to be in this entry, and in typical fashion, it showed campaign footage. I mean it looks good, with IW rocking a brand new engine, just in time for the next C.o.D to be next gen *wink wink*. I got hype when I saw Price light up his cigar and the night vision googles turned on.
So far, the general consensus seems to be positive. The internet is loving the return and putting their collective brains together to explain what a soft reboot is. Makes me happy. Along with the trailer, we received a bunch of spicy details about the game including..
- Cross platform (no idea how that’s going to work)
- No season pass/free DLC for everyone
- Weapon progression to be shared across all modes
I’ve seen a lot of other tidbits here and there, but of course when I go back to look for them, I can’t find them. Pre-orders are available now, and here’s what you can get..
At the moment, nobody knows if Specialists are back so take the word “Operator” with a grain of salt. I do love how they named some of the packs after iconic missions.
Another interesting aspect of the reveal is all the big influencers coming out and describing what the game is like having played a few missions at Activision. The general consensus seems to be that the game is going to be “No Russian” like, (if you forgot what No Russian was or never knew about it click this link) meaning it’s going to be brutal, and also is a lot more tactical like Rainbow Six Siege. Whether or not that carries over into the multiplayer is yet to be seen, but I dig it.
On the topic of multiplayer, I hope it gets shaken up a bit. Even though I felt Black Ops 4 had the best implementation of Specialists, I say we drop Specialists for good and keep the Pick system. I do like how they’re giving Zombies a break because if they brought it back, that would’ve been 4 years of Zombies aka way too much. I hope to see Spec Ops back or something a long the lines of Spec Ops with a lot more mission variety. I wonder if Blackout is one and done as well.
I don’t usually get excited for Call of Duty games anymore because it’s the same thing every year, but with a different setting. That being said, I’m interested to see what Infinity Ward does with this. I also can’t forget Infinity Ward last released Infinite Warfare so they aren’t getting a pass from me.
There’s also the rumor of Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3 remastered. On TrueAchievements, a listing of the achievements for Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered popped up. Now I know we’ve seen rumors of the series being remastered, but maybe this time it’s real? I don’t know why they’d release these if Modern Warfare is just a reboot.. unless it’s actually connected to the past series (besides the characters)?
What do you think of the new Call of Duty? Are you excited, disappointed, or indifferent? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!