“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.
Watch: ‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ Receives A Sequel
At the end of the Nintendo Direct for E3 2019, Ninty announced that the sequel for the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is under development for Nintendo Switch. Although Nintendo was a bit careful with details, a teaser trailer accompanies the presentation to give us a short glimpse of what to expect.
In the teaser trailer, we’ve witnessed what seems to be a more horrifying and dark theme for Breath of the Wild. Link and Zelda, with their familiar animation, explores an underground lair where an ancient evil, embellished with what looks like Gerudo visual cues, is growing.
After Link and Zelda’s terrifying encounter with the diabolical entity, a Hyrule Castle quakes and rises from the ground.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released back on March 3, 2017, along with the Nintendo Switch. The game has become one of the most acclaimed titles of all time. At some point, Nintendo sold more copies of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild than the actual Switch consoles.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel announcement is currently trending worldwide on Twitter. It’s safe to say that fans from different parts of the world are excited to explore Zelda once again. Unfortunately, other details such as release date are still unavailable.
Games Coming With Xbox Project Scarlett
Microsoft just dropped their teaser trailer to the new Xbox hardware codenamed Project Scarlett — it promises to make background loading times to be a thing of the past with its new processor and SSD innovations. Along with the cutting edge console, comes a whole new generation of games for Xbox users.
Microsoft says that there are hundreds of people from 17 studios — both from first-party studios and third-party studios — working on content production for the new Xbox with four generations of games coming. “Better than you’ve seen them before,” said a speaker from Microsoft in their latest video.
Here are some of the Games Microsoft Xbox mentioned during their E3 keynote:
Cyberpunk 2077 is Keanu Reeves — set in the metropolis of the future, where body modification has become an obsession. Users play as an outlaw — an enhanced mercenary working in the sleazy underbelly of the city. In other words, users get to enhance their characters through in-game choices such as swords coming out of your hand, as seen in the video above.
The John Wick star introduced the latest trailer of Cyberpunk 2077 during the E3 conference at Los Angeles including its release date set on April 20 next year.
Gears of War 5 will seemingly focus on Kait Diaz’s character and will give its fanbase a more in-depth look into the world of the Locusts as users explore Kait’s role further and her connection with Swarm.
Moreover, Gears of War 5 will also venture away from the typical big men with big guns storyline (which the game series is mostly popular with) for the first time.
Gears of War 5 will be available for playing this year on September 10th.
343 is saying that Halo Infinite will be the “spiritual reboot of Halo” with more realistic environments and new characters that should be a “perfect starting point for new players.” Halo Infinite will also focus more on the exploration side of the franchise.
For multiplayer gaming, 343 has confirmed a 4-player split screen but pushed back against the idea about a Halo Infinite battle royale feature.
Halo Infinite will also come to Xbox One and PC. “This story will mark the beginning of a new chapter and challenge for the Chief, but it will also respect and continue threads that led to this point,” says Chris Lee, studio head of Halo Infinite. “If you’ve never played a Halo game before, this will be a great place to jump into the story.”
The game will not be released until late next year.
Moon Studios, who created the multi-award winning Ori and the Blind Forest, is finally making a come back with its highly anticipated sequel: Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
Announced during the E3 event two years ago, the beautiful cinematic game will finally arrive next year in February.
Ahead of its Minecraft: Earth application coming with advanced Augmented Reality tech, Microsoft released the latest trailer of its Xbox application for Minecraft called Minecraft Dungeons.
The Minecraft-based dungeon crawler will support local and online co-op play for up to four players and is set to be released Spring of next year. Minecraft Dungeons was initially set for an earlier release date during E3 last year, however, was later on rescheduled for this year’s release.
Similar to the same technology that’s making Minecraft Earth a possibility, Microsoft’s Flight Simulator will also be powered by Azure cloud artificial intelligence.
Moreover, the Flight Simulator is a hyper-detailed game that’s previously only available in PC. Its last installment was the 2014 Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition, a continuation of the 2006 Flight Simulator X. Today, Microsoft’s introducing it to the Xbox through its Xbox Game Pass subscription service.
Bleeding Edge is a first-party Xbox game produced by Technical Alpha. It’s a classic team play game (four players on each side) with the usual assassins, fighters, tankers, etc. However, it has a highly melee-filled character base except for a few long-range heroes.
The goal of the game is to take over three control points situated within the game. Notably, there’s an interesting character balance that should make the game worthwhile, as described by IGN.Bleeding Edge comes out June 27th.
How ‘Xbox Project Scarlett’ Is Microsoft’s Vision For The Future Of Gaming
The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2019 (E3 2019) kicked off its 25th year, and Microsoft took the opportunity to introduce one of the biggest announces this year: the Xbox Project Scarlett — a new generation of Xbox hardware.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 is one of the world’s most significant gaming events where hardware manufacturers, software developers, and publishers from the video game industry gets to present new and upcoming products to the world. This year, the event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Microsoft took center stage during its keynote and introduced innovations on how they see the gaming industry in the future through their new-generation Xbox consoles. Primarily, they indicated that one of the problems users encounter when playing console games is the load time.
In their reveal trailer, “sitting there in the fake elevator because you know that the game’s loading the background. It’s just an elevator ride forever,” the gaming giant said.
To innovate and address loading time, Microsoft discussed the development of its custom processor in partnership with AMD. The new CPU will “leverage” AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture, and it’s promising this new console will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X. Microsoft is also using fast GDDR6 RAM, that it claims will “usher in resolution and framerates we’ve never seen before.”
Codenamed Project Scarlett will be able to provide framerates up to an impressive 120 frames per second, will support 8K-compatible gaming, ray-tracing, and variable refresh rates. “It’s real-time because it’s hardware is accelerated for the first time ever.”
Microsoft is also including an all-new SSD on Project Scarlett. “We’ve created a new generation of SSDs. We’re using the SSD as virtual RAM.” The new SSD will be able to boost performance speeds up to 40x compared to the current generation of the Xbox. Meaning, games will not just load faster but users will also have a seamless experience when playing games. “When you’re able to move through worlds without waiting for the screen to load; that speed, that performance is what the next generation’s about.”
In addition to the new Project Scarlett console, Microsoft also introduced the new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2.
Microsoft’s high-end controller features adjustable tension thumbsticks that you can set according to your preference using an adjustment tool to improve precision. There’s also changes to the trigger locks that should make users apply more control and faster shooting speeds, for example. Even the paddles and thumbsticks have been overhauled for more customization.
The Elite Controller Series 2 also includes a USB-C support and Bluetooth connectivity, and a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 40 hours per charge.
Sony is also promising that the PlayStation 5 will also support up to 8K graphics, 3D audio, SSD storage, and backward compatibility with existing PlayStation 4 titles. The PS5 will also use an eight-core CPU based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line, and ship with a GPU that supports ray-tracing graphics. Sony is also teasing 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate support.
However, since Sony decided to skip this year’s E3 2019 event (for the first time), the upcoming PlayStation 5 and its specs and other details have yet to be confirmed.
Other than the Xbox Project Scarlett hardware, Microsoft also introduced new bundles for its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription — now includes PC games.
Moreover, users with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription will also benefit from the new range of content coming to the new Xbox Project Scarlett and Halo. With faster performance ratios, users will experience a new set of gaming.
Users can purchase the $14.99 bundle for both Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for both Xbox and PC. Gamers who both use Microsoft’s PC and console games can significantly benefit from this bundle since Xbox Game Pass for PC are available at $9.99 per month, Xbox Live Gold at $9.99 per month, and Xbox Game Pass for Xbox at $9.99 per month. That’s a combined separate total of $29.97, so the Ultimate deal is a saving of around $15 per month if you want all three of Microsoft’s subscriptions.
There’s also a $1 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for first-time users available. Moreover, here are the available subscription services with its benefits included:
- Xbox Game Pass PC – $9.99 per month, includes more than 100 PC games
- Xbox Game Pass Console Games – $9.99 per month, includes more than 100 Xbox games
- Xbox Live Gold – $9.99 per month, includes access to online multiplayer games
- Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – $14.99 per month, Xbox Game Pass PC, Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Game Pass Console Games
The new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is available over at Microsoft’s site.
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