Announced yesterday evening with a slick trailer, the reboot of 2007's 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' was officially revealed.
While it shares its name with the original, there's not much to compare the two games. Aside from a familiar face (or moustache) in franchise mainstay Captain Price, the game appears to be a top-to-bottom reinvention.
Here's everything we know so far.
SO WHY USE THE SAME NAME AS 'MODERN WARFARE' IF IT'S TOTALLY DIFFERENT?
Most likely because the original 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' was something of a trendsetter. It really did change how first-person shooters could work, had a rich storyline to go along with it, and when you look at how they didn't really deviate from it for so many years, you get the impact it had. Plus, those who played it in 2007 are automatically going to be interested in seeing what a rebooted version of it looks like.
WHY IS THERE A NEW VERSION OF CAPTAIN PRICE?
Well, the folks at Infinity Ward keep using James Bond as a reference point, in that it's a different actor, but the sensibility and the general vibe is the same as ever. Basically, the original voice actor - Billy Murray, also known as Don Beech from 'The Bill' - is now 77 years of age, so it's time for a freshening up. That's where Barry Sloane, also known as Neil Rafferty from 'Hollyoaks' and more recently, Aiden Mathis in 'Revenge'. He's now taking on the role of Captain Price. He's even got the moustache, too.
WHY WASN'T THERE ACTUAL GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE IN THE TRAILER?
Yeah, that's a bit interesting. For all we know, it could well have been some kind of quick-time scenario in any one of those scenes. Of course, the other part is that this trailer was more about setting the mood than it was necessarily about showing off the gameplay features. On that...
WHAT ARE THE GAMEPLAY FEATURES ANNOUNCED SO FAR?
The big thing Infinity Ward have been pushing so far has been the single-player campaign, which they're comparing to the likes of 'Band of Brothers'. The campaign is split into two characters, one as a Tier 1 Operator and the second as a freedom fighter in the Middle East, in a fictional country called Urzikstan. Jacob Minkoff, the single-player design director, told Polygon that the game is "a story about modern war in the real world... (if) we whitewash it, if we backpedal from it, if we show a world where the heroes fight the terrorists and win, you never see the impact on the average person, the collateral damage, or the morally gray situations that soldiers themselves have to face."
WILL IT HAVE MULTIPLAYER?
It might be a soft reboot and going for a more in-depth angle, but it's still 'Call of Duty', so yes, there'll be multiplayer. The big announcement from yesterday was that the game will feature crossplay from PC and Xbox One. That means both players, either on PC or Xbox, can play in the same match without a single bit of difference. PlayStation 4 players, meanwhile, have to play among themselves as Sony hasn't yet signed on for crossplay. As well as this, 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' will have no season pass, which is a pretty welcome change from previous entries in the franchise.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST AND WHEN CAN I BUY IT?
It's available on pre-order now from the Microsoft Store for $60, so whatever that translates to our money. Our guess it'll be around the same in euros, but who knows? The Operator Edition, which comes with a Digital Edition Bonus Item and Operator Edition Premium Digital Items is about $30 more expensive, whilst the Enhanced Operator Edition has all the same features, plus 3,000 Call of Duty points and a Prestige Token for 'Black Ops 4'.
The game itself will be released everywhere on October 25th.