Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Announced, Will Be A Dark Reboot For The Franchise

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Announced, Will Be A Dark Reboot For The Franchise

Following a cryptic tease Tuesday afternoon, Activision announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the latest instalment in the long-running series of first-person shooters. In a new trailer released Thursday, we got our first look at the rebooted Modern Warfare.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be released October 25, 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Here’s what we know:

  • Modern Warfare will ditch the annual pass model, delivering free maps, content, and post-launch events to all players. We don’t know what the new model will look like, but the old one offered an average of four paid map packs for each game. There still might be other kinds of paid content in this game, but Activision isn’t saying just yet.

  • The game will feature cross-play support between PC and consoles. Kotaku asked Activision for clarification on whether or not this means Xbox One or PS4 players could play together, but no information is available at this time. The PC version is exclusive to

  • Per Activision, Modern Warfare will feature a completely new engine.

  • In the single-player campaign, “Players will engage in breathtaking covert operations alongside a diverse cast of international special forces throughout iconic European cities and volatile expanses of the Middle East.”

  • Cooperative play also returns, in what Modern Warfare dubs “Elite Operations.”

  • An “immersive narrative experience” spanning all three of the game’s modes—single-player, co-op, and competitive multiplayer—is planned, although details on what that means are scant.

As Kotaku previously reported, the new Modern Warfare is in some ways a re-imagining of the original one. The presence of Captain Price is the big, obvious tip-off, but there are a few shots that seem to nod at early levels from the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, with lots of new imagery threaded in.

Previews for the game have indicated that the new Modern Warfare will attempt to go beyond visual callbacks. Ars Technica reports that half of the campaign will unfold from the perspective an Arab soldier, a female rebel fighter named Farah from an unnamed country that might be Afghanistan. Per the report, the new Modern Warfare is aiming for a more brutal “morally grey” approach, with an extended sequence set in Farah’s home as it is terrorised by Russian soldiers, with civilians—and even infants—in peril. Comparisons to “No Russian,” the controversial Modern Warfare 2 level which gave players the option to take part in a terrorist assault on an airport, abound.

Modern Warfare may be thoroughly reworked, but edginess is very much in step with this series’ sensational approach to modern conflict. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare put players in the shoes of a man about to be executed by a terrorist and had them ride out a nuclear explosion. Modern Warfare 2 notoriously had “No Russian.” 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare may be a reboot, but it’s still out to shock in much the same way.


  • Smoking absolutely ruins your night vision… there is no way, an operator as good as Price, is smoking a cigar whilst on a night mission.

    • Yes probably, but not “everyone”. The enemies are usually from a very small pool of stereotypes which terrify Americans, e.g. Eastern Europeans, anybody from the Americas south of the US border, and people from the Middle East, basically.

    • It’s definitely a generic ‘Evil Russians’ plot again, that’s for certain. Even though the sort of barbarity the Russian soldiers perpetrated would be expected from a Middle Eastern or South Asian military, not the Ruskies.

      Why they went with ‘evil russians’ is anyone’s guess, considering that the Taliban has actually committed a number of massacres, as well as the Syrian government. Probably because they thought it would be safer than portraying reality. You don’t want to get too morally grey.

  • Some of this sounds too good to be true… especially the part where an Activi$ion game will receive free map packs/dlc.

    Still, I’ll keep an eye on this as it might actually bring me back to CoD after 8 or 9 years.

    • I gotta agree. The trailer really impresses me because the original modern warfare, in my opinion, was where the story telling and narrative feel really peaked so a darker, grittier re-imagining (plus perhaps a bit of inspiration from everything since the original came out) appeals to me.

      It might actually get me back to COD after ditching the series after Ghosts (the last decent one IMO) but the ‘free content’ hook does sounds too good to be true. I hope they take the MP back to the simple and fun way it was in MW, before the ridiculous amounts of killstreaks and other shot became common or at least offer it as a dedicated playlist or something.

      If Activision actually manages to pull this off, they may actually be able to win back all the players that have drifted away over the years

    • It’s likely free maps and dlc because they’ll support the post launch with micro transactions. Which itself isn’t awful but with Activisions track record my hopes aren’t particularly high for a nuanced approach.

  • I’ve always enjoyed the CoD single-player campaigns, even the jankier ones like Advanced Warfare and Infinite Warfare (yet to play through WWII or BLOPS3 though).

    I’m definitely keen for cinematic SP gameplay but I’m hoping they stray from the CoD handbook of scenario design:
    – slo-mo breach and clear
    – giant missle taking off just before you get to it
    – betrayal twist from nowhere
    – slo-mo ‘final shot’ sequence

      • The dislike of infinite warfare was less to do with the campaign and more to do with the fatigue of the future warfare style of game.

        It also didn’t help that Battlefield 1 was announced at the same time.

    • I’ve played every single campaign from the original Xbox days up until Infinite Warfare which I haven’t gotten around to yet. But I was pleasantly surprised by BLOPS3, it’s well worth playing the campaign and to me was more enjoyable by far than the first two or Advanced Warfare.

  • Might actually buy this one… not because it’s a gritty reboot but actually a new engine combined with no community-splitting paid map-packs? Interesting.

  • the original comment was auto moderated for correcting a spelling mistake, Just delete it. Not waiting all weekend for it to be approved.

  • Further evidence that the entertainment industry has no new ideas any more?

    But still, this is interesting.

  • Yes please,

    More games like this activision. Dont play it safe. Push boundaries. “No Russian” was a great mission for the storytelling of MW2.

    Dont listen to people like Mr. Couldnt beat the cuphead tutorial.

  • “No Russian,” the controversial Modern Warfare 2 level which gave players the option to take part in a terrorist assault on an airport”

    IIRC it wasn’t really an option, you were forced to walk along with terrorists murdering people and forbidden to stop them. Which was insulting and made little to no sense.

    Anyway, as to this new one, I’m thoroughly burned by wasting money on Black Ops 4 only to learn it’s impossible to get a low-ping match in Australia, particularly of the battle royale mode. Until that’s fixed, Activision can get stuffed.

  • A dark reboot of a game about war? Did I miss Call of Duty: Mushroom Kingdom?

    This is the most drastic change in a series since the Nightmare on Elm Street movies suddenly switched to Horror.

    • You can hardly call the last few installments “dark”, the last one especially was about as dark as a locker room filled with dude bros fistbumping and whipping each others arses.

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