Call of Duty: Modern Warfare—Everything we know so far about the reboot


The fourth Modern Warfare game won't have a 4 in the title. That's because 2019's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare isn't a sequel, but a reboot, or as developer Infinity Ward calls it, a "re-imagining" of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series.

With this reset of Modern Warfare's storyline, Infinity Ward hopes to create a relevant, realistic world with events that feel "ripped from the headlines" while also bringing back familiar characters from past games in the series like Captain John Price. Unlike Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Modern Warfare will have singleplayer campaign on top of the usual multiplayer modes and co-op missions.

Here's everything we know about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

What is the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare release date?

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare release date is October 25, 2019.

Will Call of Duty: Modern Warfare have crossplay?

Yes! An official statement sent to PC Gamer confirms that cross-platform play between PC and consoles is planned. "With the launch of Modern Warfare, the team is taking steps to unite the community. First, the team plans for Modern Warfare to be played together across PC and console through cross-play support."

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare won't have a season pass

It feels like an unusual and somewhat refreshing bit of news: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare won't have a season pass. According to Activision, "...the team is eliminating the traditional season pass, so that they can deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players."

What we know about the singleplayer campaign

The campaign will feature missions in a number of European cities as well as the Middle East. In addition to playing as special forces soldiers armed with high-tech combat gear, players will also take the roll of "rebel freedom fighters" who use improvised weapons like molotov cocktails and IEDs, and have to rely on guerrilla tactics to defeat Tier One enemies.

One Modern Warfare singleplayer campaign mission we saw a demo of takes place in North London after a terror attack in Piccadilly Circus. SAS teams infiltrate a townhouse to eliminate a terrorist cell, hunting for the cell's leader, known as The Wolf. Another mission shows the origin story of Farah, a rebel freedom fighter whose town was bombed and invaded by Russian military forces when she was a child.

There will be 'classic' multiplayer modes and co-op missions

We don't know much about multiplayer mode yet but we're told that Modern Warfare will contain a 'classic' multiplayer experience and an 'all-new' cooperative play mode, featuring 'a collection of strategic co-op missions accessible to all skill levels.' So far, there's been no word of a battle royale mode.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare won't have a Zombies mode

Sorry, zambo fans. Campaign gameplay director Jacob Minkoff recently confirmed to PlaySation Lifestyle that Modern Warfare won't have a Zombies mode whatsoever. On the bright side, a focus away from zombies does bode well for those "strategic co-op missions" mentioned above. Could be a proper return to Modern Warfare 2's excellent Special Ops missions.

Shut up for a minute and let me watch a trailer

Sure thing! You can watch the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare announcement trailer above.

It uses a new engine and supports ray tracing

Modern Warfare will support DirectX Raytracing (DXR) on PC. And that means we can surmise that Activision and Call of Duty will be working with Nvidia and the GeForce RTX cards to support the feature. Ray tracing will even be used for audio. In a press briefing, Stephen Miller, Audio Director for the game said, "With the weapon reflection system, it uses ray tracing out into the environment and plays three sounds at point of impact. So as you're running around you actually get different sounds constantly as it behaves with the geometry."

Supporting DXR means that Activision/Infinity Ward is upgrading the IW engine to support DirectX 12, since that's a requirement for all games that support DXR. We'll have to wait and see how that effects performance once Modern Warfare launches, as traditionally DX12 engines have favored AMD hardware.

This isn't an Epic Games Store exclusive, is it?

No, of course not! Don't be silly. It's a exclusive, just like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. There are three options, the $60 standard edition, the $80 operator edition (with premium digital items) and a $100 operator enhanced edition (which includes the digital items plus includes 3,000 Call of Duty points).