Activision and Infinity Ward have pulled the curtain back on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s returning Special Ops, and it sounds like the fan-favorite co-op mode is going to be bigger and better than ever. All Spec Ops challenges now support four players and you can carry over your Operators, loadouts, and other progress from multiplayer. It also sounds like the new Spec Ops will be more cohesive thematically, with all missions focused on taking down the Al-Qatala terrorist organization. You can check out a Spec Ops trailer, below.
As mentioned, multiplayer loadouts and characters will carry over, but you’ll also take on additional roles (Assault, Medic, Heavy, ect.) during challenges. Here are the details:
An Uneasy Alliance: The Armistice Fireteam: As these Operations involve a temporary alliance between Coalition and Allegiance forces, you’re free to pick any Operator you wish. Old differences are set aside. For now!
Cross-Mode Loadouts: Next you can bring your preferred Loadouts, including your preferred Primary and Secondary Weapons, Perks, and Tactical and Lethal Equipment so you’re comfortable in this new combat zone. Got a favored Sniper Rifle or Shotgun that you’ve meticulously crafted, and tailored to your playstyle? Bring it along!
Know Your Roles: Specific to Special Ops are “Roles”: Prior to dropping into play, you’re able to pick from Assault, Recon, Engineer, Demolition, Medic, and Heavy. Each role comes equipped with a Field Upgrade and a class-specific perk. Pick the Role that best suits and reinforces your style of play.
Killstreaks: Prior to beginning an Operation, you’re able to pick three types of Munitions that offer a similar effect to Killstreaks in Multiplayer Mode. Those Munition boxes aren’t part of your equipment but are rather located in a random location across the map; it’s up to you to find and utilize them, whether you’ve chosen (for example) a Precision Airstrike or a Gunship to aid you.
Spec Op activities will include multi-stage Operations, and more-focused Missions:
Operations: As you infiltrate into one of the many war-torn zones within Special Ops, you and your team have full latitude on how to accomplish your Operations. This Special Ops game mode is a 4 player matchmade activity centered around interconnected experiences that take the form of objectives, each culminating in the removal or destruction of a key logistical aspect of the Al-Qatala army.
Employ different strategies. Go in quietly or tackle the insurrection head-on. The enemy reacts to your team’s decisions, meaning the outcome of any battle can change. At launch, you will embark on four multi-stage Operations with more scheduled to come throughout the post launch seasons. All post launch Operations will be coming to all platforms simultaneously.
Missions: Complementing the multi-stage Operations, and also available across all platforms, are additional Missions, which can be played solo or with up to four players. Whereas Operations give you the widest breadth of strategic and tactical choice, Missions are a more curated experience where your proficiency with specific weapons, killstreaks, and other tools will be tested. These Missions are extremely replayable, and you’re able to achieve a 1, 2, or 3-star ranking based on your performance. Naturally, there will be an “Infinity Ward time” that you can attempt to beat!
Finally, here’s some new info on Survival mode, which will be PS4-exclusive for one year:
Special Ops Survival Mode: This is an exclusive, additional cooperative mode for PlayStation 4 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare players that pits you and up to three of your friends against enemy forces in intense cooperative combat on one of three Multiplayer maps. In Special Ops Survival Mode, you will fight off waves of increasingly difficult and determined combatants in a variety of experiences. Special Ops Survival Mode is exclusive to PlayStation 4 until Oct. 1, 2020.
I’m always pro co-op, and in my opinion, Special Ops were the best part of the last couple Modern Warfare games, so I’m glad to see Infinity Ward doubling down on the mode. Also, it’s nice to see those poor, overworked zombies are getting a rest.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare storms onto PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on October 25.