‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ Multiplayer Reveal Trailer & Cross-Play
Infinity Ward’s aging franchise promises a more “authentic and gritty” experience with this years Modern Warfare Reboot. In contrast to recent entries, where players found themselves jet-packing over buildings, battling in space and using all sorts of goofy weapons and abilities, the newest Call of Duty entry is marketed to have slower, more grounded firefights. We’ve also been told it’s intended to feel more like the original beloved Modern Warfare games from 2007 and 2009. This is an exciting prospect and from what I’ve seen it’s certainly looking that way.
Players who are curious to get an early feel for the game before its official launch on October 25 are encouraged to participate in the Open Beta. PlayStation 4 owners get the earliest access with those who pre-order able to play September 12-13 and all other PS4 owners on September 14-16. Those who pre-order on Xbox One and PC can jump in September 19-20 and it opening up wide on September 21-23.
Additionally, Infinity Ward is introducing cross-platform play for the first time in Call of Duty history. In fact, other than Fortnite and Rocket League I have not yet seen it implemented on this scale. From what I understand, during the multiplayer beta test players will be placed into lobbies with other players across all three platforms. This prospect sounds both ambitious and exciting. The way it works is based on an “input-based” system. Essentially, keyboard & mouse players will exclusively be queued together whereas those who prefer playing with a controller (including PC players) will be paired separately. Thus giving players more freedom on how and which platform they prefer to play Modern Warfare. Hopefully this system plays out as well it is intended and does not become exploited by cheaters.
The recently dropped Multiplayer trailer shows us some insight as to what we can expect. It looks like we’ll be getting tons of cool modern military weapons and recoil seems to have been given a more realistic feel. And for the first time in the Call of Duty franchise, night vision seems to play a viable role in multiplayer when fighting in dark areas.
Similarly to something akin to Rainbow Six, it looks like there are door-breaching options. It appears that you can now throw explosives or flash-bangs through a crack in the door before entering.
We’re also given a peek into some of the new and returning killstreaks; carpet-bombing strikes, remote-controlled drones, pilotable two-player tanks, a mini-gun toting juggernaut and chopper-gunners.
As someone who’s a big fan of the franchise, but has admittedly had complaints about the direction Activision has taken the past several years I’m eager to see how the new Modern Warfare plays.