Call of Duty: Modern Warfare announced, features new engine and cross-play support

Infinity Ward is bringing Modern Warfare back to Call of Duty, but it's not a sequel to the older games sporting the name. Simply named Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the shooter is bringing back fan-favorite characters for a new present-day set plotline. Check out the announcement trailer above, where we get to see the return of Price.

“We are creating an emotionally charged experience that’s inspired by the headlines in the world today, where the rules are grey and battle lines are blurred," said Infinity Ward co-studio head and creative director Patrick Kelly. Players will be jumping between special forces from across the world as the campaign progresses, taking them from European Cities to volatile locations in the Middle East.

While Black Ops 4 skipped out on a campaign last year to deliver a full multiplayer experience, this year's entry will feature a full campaign in addition to a co-op experience and multiplayer modes. Battle royale doesn't seem to be part of the equation this time, however.

Infinity Ward says the game is running on a brand new engine, enabling "an immersive and photo-realistic experience." Thanks to it, the game will make use of modern visual effects like photogrammetry, world volumetric lighting, HDR, and even DirectX Raytracing on PC.

Infinity Ward is doing some rather interesting things with this year's game as well. Modern Warfare will feature cross-play support between PC and consoles. The announcement didn't say if Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players will be able to play together, however. In addition, the studio is opting to deliver free map updates to players instead of using the old season pass/ DLC method, similar to Battlefield V.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on October 25. Note that just like Black Ops 4, the PC version will only be available through Blizzard's Battle.net launcher.

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