“The rules have changed,” says the voiceover at the very beginning of the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare teaser trailer. Inspired by the 2011’s Modern Warfare series, the latest installment becomes reboot of the entire storyline rather than a sequel.
The first Modern Warfare title from Call of Duty that was released in 2007. Since then, all of the series under this title promised “gritty, contemporary combat in recognizable environments with authentic weaponry.” The 2019 version is promising the same, but this time, it’s more anchored to today’s geopolitical circumstances.
“There were just so many things that made it bear no resemblance to the world we see today,” explains Jacob Minkoff, single-player design director on the new Modern Warfare “To make a new Modern Warfare game in 2019, we had to put to bed that old storyline. But it’s still Modern Warfare,” according to The Verge.
The new installment to Call of Duty‘s list of titles comes in a time when sales have slowly been leaning due to more popular open-world and battle royale type of games like Fortnite.
Developer, Infinity Ward, reintroduced Modern Warfare in a set of highly resembling places and situations like the wars in Iraq and making the jump back to a reality that can tilt attention back to the long-running military shooter series.
Moreover, unlike Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 last year, Modern Warfare will feature a full single-player narrative campaign. Players will immerse themselves and complete tasks in the fictitious Middle Eastern country of Urzikstan while a civil war is brewing and at the same time, influenced by global actors.
For half of the game, players control a British spec-ops team under the leadership of Call of Duty character, Captain Price, who is engaging in covert tasks such as raiding terrorist Al-Qaeda cells. And the other half of the game, players will control Farah Karim, the female leader of a rebel group in Urzikstan, which narrative designer Taylor Kurosaki has said is modeled on YPJ — the militia group operating in Syria and Iraq.
Reportedly, there’s also a part in the game where you play as a child civilian trying to run and hide from a war-stricken situation and avoid soldiers who will shoot and kill you.
“We are telling a story about a modern war in the real world,” says Jacob Minkoff. “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.”
Call of Duty will give the whole 360-degree experience in times of war: a soldier, a militant, and a civilian.
At the same time, “we’re trying to create an authentic, realistic feeling world. We don’t have the flexibility to do something like put zombies in the game. That would compromise the feeling of playing in a world that feels realistic and authentic and relative to today’s conflicts and things we face,” says Minkoff during an interview with PlayStation Lifestyle.
To support their idea of a close-to-reality game, they claim that Modern Warfare’s new graphics engine, which uses photogrammetry to scan and reproduce real-world objects and buildings, will bring an almost photo-realistic authenticity to the world. Moreover, a new “spectral rendering” technology is also set to make night-vision sequences look more realistic. Fragments of this new technology can also be seen in the trailer.
In addition, Nvidia also Tweeted, “The rules have changed. Excited to see DirectX Raytracing coming to Call of Duty: #ModernWarfare”
Activision and Infinity Ward say that ”the team plans for Modern Warfare to be played together across PC and console through cross-play support.” Cross-play games are what made games like Fortnite and Minecraft reach the popularity it has today. If Call of Duty implements the feature, then they will be attracting more consumers into their game
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be launching on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC on October 25th. More details including the multiplayer feature should be revealed at E3 next month.