A classic when it comes to shooter video games; Call of Duty was once the leader, a force to be reckoned with in the world of gaming warfare. With the latest release from the makers of Infinity Ward; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare about to drop on the 25th August. The gaming world is abuzz, anticipating what to expect.
Because of this, we will take a look at the released facts and discuss the history surrounding the once superior Call of Duty. Giving you the facts before the launch date.
From what top gamers are saying, to rumoured changes, keep reading to discover whether you are as excited about the relaunch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as I am.
What is Call of Duty?
For those gamers who are just jumping aboard the Call of Duty bandwagon and experiencing the thrill of this modern warfare game for themselves, let us give you some insight into the game that is referred to as CoD for short.
A first-person shooter video game, Call of Duty was originally released by Activision back in 2003. With the first released games set back during World War II, over time gamers saw the series develop. Then, in turn, taking them into more modern times, the Cold War, future worlds and even outer space. The objective of Call of Duty for gamers throughout the different series is a story-led campaign game. Following the story of a selection of characters, gamers will follow the required tasks.
With the game developing over the years, the addition of online tasks was created and added to the game. Therefore, offering a wide selection of different games
The Evolution of Call of Duty
When it comes to answering the question; ‘what to expect on Call of Duty modern warfare’; first we must go back in time to take a look at the changes that have taken place before.
Originally designed as a single-player shooting game, the methods and added features of this multi-feature game has developed throughout the years and we aim to look at the past in attempts to predict the future.
2003 – Call of Duty. The launch of the first-ever Call of Duty back in 2003 was set in WWII and the player campaign was focused on the story of a single US soldier. Putting players into the worn army boots of American, British and Russian soldiers; the first edition of Call of Duty offered both a campaign and multiplayer version that was well-received amongst critics. One of the most realistic combat games around; Call of Duty was able to bring in features like gun and war sound, as well as iron sights on guns and weapon capacities.
2004 – Call of Duty: United Offensive. Launched swiftly the following year; United Offensive was an expansion to the first Call of Duty that included the added option of single-player missions. Featuring an American campaign and the added addition of player benefits that increased the more that the game was played.
2004 – Call of Duty: Finest Hour. Call of Duty Finest Hour was released late 2004 as a spin-off to the PC version of Call of Duty. Created for both PS2, GameCube and Xbox, this game continued with the success of Call of Duty; featuring six exciting storylines form soldiers all across the globe.
2005 – Call of Duty 2. The follow up to the original Call of Duty, CoD 2 was released as a launch title for the new Xbox 360; with audiences enjoying the included match sets in a new and exciting war game. With the added feature of being able to restore the character’s health; the improved speed and flow of the game were well received amongst gamers.
2005 – Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. Call of Duty 2: Big Red One was a spin-off, designed to be played on PS2 and the original Xbox and was developed by Treyarch as their first step into the world of CoD. Unlike with the previous Call of Duty games, Big Red One allowed users to focus on a single Allied squad. Received better than the Finest Hour for its cinematic and serviceable shooter experience.
2006 – Call of Duty 3. The next edition in the Call of Duty franchise was CoD3. With the main campaign of the game being criticised for being uninspiring and repetitive, the multiplayer option was praised, along with the introduction of vehicles and different game modes.
2007 – Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. With the buzz surrounding Call of Duty at an all-time high, the launch of Call of Duty 4 saw the leap from WW2 warfare to modern battles. With this addition boosted for this evocative storytelling, gamers were kept glued to their seats through the adventure that was offered. With real-world conflict available, gamers experienced a first-hand understanding of the horrors of war in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as an added feature of killstreaks, weapon attachments, load-outs and a prestige system.
2008 – Call of Duty: World at War. With the focus fully on the Modern Warfare brand; the World at War took gamers back to the time of WWII. This allowed gamers to experience the conflict that took place over in the Pacific; with gamers seeing the step back in time, as a digression in the gaming experience. The game, however, was praised for its spectacular multiplayer mode. As well as the first appearance of Zombies into the CoD franchise.
2009 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The latest addition was met with a red carpet in Leicester Square. With a huge wave of excitement surrounding this game, gamers experienced a new level of storytelling and even bigger explosions than before. With slight disapproval for its theme of the ‘No Russian’ mission, this game was a huge success in all.
2010 – Call of Duty: Black Ops. With Call of Duty at an all-time high in popularity, Black Ops was the designers attempt to twist and expand the storyline, taking it away from its familiar campaign. With flashbacks to the Cold War and Vietnam, the gameplay offered was an emotional roller coaster, making it one of the UK’s most popular entertainment products in 2010. With an introduction of match recordings, weapon personalisation and weapon purchasing through in-game currency.
2011 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Continuing with the fictional storyline battle of the war between the US and Russia, the release of Call of Duty saw the emergence of spectacular set pieces, weapon balance and futility of war.
2012- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Seen as one of the most daring Call of Duty games in years, Black Ops II offered some of the most up to date graphics while giving gamers a peek into the future. Playing out a game surrounded by new weapons and technology, this addition to the Call of Duty family also saw the addition of sandbox-style Strike Force missions, as well as, a branching plot allowing the user to dictate the ending of the game.
2013- Call of Duty: Ghosts. The 2013 launch of Call of Duty was not as well received by its gamers than that of its predecessors. Receiving a lot of criticism for its ‘by-the-numbers campaign’, the multiplayer options added into the gameplay were seen as a strength for the designers.
2014- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Received with welcome arms, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare was seen as a step up to that of Ghosts. An improvement; this game was developed by Sledgehammer and offered a more futuristic insight into the war while offering the gamer a whole stash of exotic and new weapons. As well as that, a cameo by the American actor Kevin Spacey!
2015- Call of Duty: Black Ops III. A step further into the futuristic world for the creators of Call of Duty. With the game fully submerged into the world of sci-fi, this game saw tweaks to the multiplayer attribute, while a 4-player option was available for group gaming experiences. Also making its first appearance in Black Ops III was the introduction of exoskeletons, helping to change the style of gameplay by being able to wall run midair and do ‘double jumps’ and knee slides.
2016 – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Diving into the world of the unknown, this latest addition saw gamers explore the greater space and go up above the Earth. With gamers projected far into the future, fans took an instant disliking to the story of the game. In fact, the first released trailer for Infinite Warfare became one of the most disliked videos on YouTube. While the release of Infinite Warfare become also known for the featured cameo of Kit Harington, the actor most famous for playing Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. This latest game by CoD also featured craftable guns, the expansion of movement capabilities and an improved multiplayer mode.
2017 – Call of Duty: WW2. With the makers of Call of Duty returning back to their roots and mastering what they did best, fans were overjoyed with the return to CoD that they knew and loved. The perfect game to jump back into, with the creators ditching the sci-fi futuristic gaming experiments, before returning to the popular WW2 theme.
2018- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. A further step forward for the Call of Duty team, Black Ops 4 saw the end to storytelling. Instead, it’s now focusing on more customisable multiplayer gaming, co-op zombie campaign, as well as, a new headline mode called a Battle Royale Blackout.
What to Expect on Call of Duty Modern Warfare
With the launch looming for the next instalment of Call of Duty; sneak details have been leaked by the creators in an attempt to reboot the brand.
What do we know so far about the 2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? Promising to change the outlook on war throughout the 21st century, here are some of the released facts.
CoD will be developed by Infinity Ward, the same developers who created the Call of Duty games, as well as the Modern Warfare games.
The hero SAS soldiers will be returning from the 4th Modern Warfare game, before taking centre stage as the main characters in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Gamers should also expect to see many of the same characters that made an appearance in the 2007 CoD game and its sequels.
Unlike the other Call of Duty games that are set in the past or in the far future (with the exception of CoD4 and Modern Warfare 2), the 2019 relaunch of Call of Duty is expected to be set in the current world. A strange setting; it is also expected that within the storyline many of the events that had taken place in the previous games are going to occur. Therefore, allowing the gamer to step back in time.
The storyline of the game has also been rumoured to involve fighting within a number of European cities, including London; and will stick to the original single-player campaign. With gamers continuing to play the popular version that they fell in love with back in 2003; the revamped edition will allow those to experience a captivating storyline told through the perspective of three different characters.
It has also been leaked that part of the campaign will be told from the perspective of a middle-eastern rebel female fighter, who was radicalised after the death of her father by the Russian military.
The multiplayer options involving the game have yet to be mentioned. While the common feature of the ‘annual pass’ is not expected to be added to the 2019 launch of Call of Duty. This once loved ‘Annual Pass’ feature allowed users to access new content throughout and after the game’s release.
Gaming Intel has suggested and made hints that the latest addition in Call of Duty will not feature a battle royale mode, with the developer instead sticking to the basics that served them so well at the beginning.
It has also been suggested that the CoD will not feature specialist classes for players to choose from. Instead, it will have a set of skills that they can pick to help customise their gameplay.
It has also been hinted that the addition of free maps, events and post-launch content will be available to all; promising to create an exciting and appealing gaming experience.
Sneak Peaks and Reviews of Call of Duty; Modern Warfare
While no sneak peeks have yet to be released by the designers themselves, the only ‘official’ tease came with American football stars being invited to play the game in Nashville, Tennessee. With not a lot of information released, Tennessee Titan star Adoree’ Jackson wrote on his twitter “it’s 🔥.”
What has been hinted from those that have played and tested the development of the game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, is players being placed into the skilled position of a Tier One operator.
Expected to the emotional, thought-provoking single-player experience, players will fight alongside a diverse cast of international special forces and freedom fighters. With missions, including close-quarter, stealth operations, as well as, long-range combat.
Will Modern Warfare Have Loot Boxes?
A question that is being asked more and more the closer that we get to the launch of the latest CoD; is will Call of Duty: Modern Warfare have loot boxes and supply drops?
Loot Boxes that have made an appearance in the previous games are available to be bought by gamers with the use of real cash or in-game currency. With the option to purchase weapons or upgrade their characters; the director of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has announced that during the development of the game, no loot box or supply drop system was created.
Art Director, Joel Emslie also confirmed on Reddit “There continues to be misinformed and incorrect info being pushed about Modern Warfare,” he said. “What I can say right now is that we are definitely NOT working on any kind of supply drop or loot box system. Also, functional stuff is unlocked through GAMEPLAY.”
There you have it. All the facts true or false that surround the upcoming launch of Call of Duty, Modern Warfare. A once huge hit with gamers worldwide; it appears that the relaunch of CoD is the designer’s last-ditch attempt to revamp and restore the credibility of the game.
By going back to basics and allowing gamers to experience a more modern and realistic gaming experience; minus the addition of added monetization attempts, it appears the designer is detailing the importance of the customer’s needs.
With expectations running high and with the gaming world abuzz with excitement; we for one cannot wait until the 25th October to experience CoD for ourselves on our gaming pc.
Are you excited about the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? Or is there a feature of the game that you are particularly keen to see within the game? Feel free to share with us your thoughts and comments and whether you too are excited for the possible addition of cross-platform play, Quickscope and the return of killstreaks.