Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Announced, Campaign Returns, Ray Tracing, Crossplay Supported


It hasn’t exactly been a well-kept secret, with rumors swirling for months, but Activision and developer Infinity Ward have finally confirmed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be this year’s entry in the blockbuster CoD series. This is the fourth Modern Warfare game, but Activision has dropped any numbers from the title, indicating this may be somewhat of a soft-reboot of the series. You can check out the debut trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which focuses on the game’s single-player campaign, below.

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The stakes have never been higher as players take on the role of lethal Tier One operators in a heart-racing saga that will affect the global balance of power. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare engulfs fans in an incredibly raw, gritty, provocative narrative that brings unrivaled intensity and shines a light on the changing nature of modern war.

In the visceral and dramatic single-player story campaign, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare pushes boundaries and breaks rules the way only Modern Warfare can. Players will engage in breathtaking covert operations alongside a diverse cast of international special forces throughout iconic European cities and volatile expanses of the Middle East.

Activision may be focusing on the return of CoD single-player campaign for now, but don’t worry, Modern Warfare will have traditional multiplayer and a collection of co-op “elite operations.” So, it looks like the rumors that Infinity Ward would be dropping Zombies mode were on the money.

Activision have also announced the new Modern Warfare will be powered by a beefed-up new graphics engine…

[Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s new] technology utilizes the latest advancements in visual engineering, including a physically-based material system allowing for state of the art photogrammetry, a new hybrid tile based streaming system, new PBR decal rendering system, world volumetric lighting, 4K HDR, DirectX Raytracing (PC) and more as well as a new GPU geometry pipeline. Spectral rendering delivers thermal heat radiation and infrared identification for both thermal and night-vision in-game imaging. The technical investment provides a cutting edge animation and blend shape system, while the new suite of audio tools supports full Dolby ATMOS, on supported platforms, along with the latest in audio simulation effects.

In other promising news, Modern Warfare will support crossplay "between PC and console," and will be doing away with the traditional season pass, with all post-launch maps being free. Several high-profile Infinity Ward devs who moved to Respawn Entertainment to work on Titanfall have recently returned home, so hopefully the new Modern Warfare will be better than the studios last couple efforts.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare charges onto PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on October 25. Pre-orders are open now.