Admittedly, I know next to nothing about the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I haven’t been following it closely and I didn’t take part in the beta. That all said, it’s exciting all the same. It’s only a few weeks away from release at this point so the usual hype train is chugging along nicely. And seeing as this one actually has a single-player campaign, I’ll be there on the frontlines when it releases.
For some, the single-player is never enough. They want multiplayer. And that’s fine. But now the flavours have changed and Battle Royale modes are all the rage, yet we’ve heard nothing about the Modern Warfare reboot having such a mode. Not yet, at least. The last Call of Duty to release, Black Ops 4, was built around multiplayer and Battle Royale modes, so it stands to reason that many players will want what they’re now accustomed to – Battle Royale.
While nothing has been officially confirmed, rumour has it that there will be a Battle Royale mode built from Modern Warfare, but it won’t be a part of Modern Warfare. Confused? Same.
According to rumours, Raven Software – the developer who handled the Modern Warfare remake – is working on a standalone Battle Royale mode that will release in 2020. Apparently it’ll be a free-to-play game built from the same code that the Modern Warfare reboot uses. Some credence has been lent to this theory as nerds have dug into the code for the open beta on PC and found references to a Battle Royale mode. Is this the smoking bullet? I don’t know. Maybe.
I can definitely see Activision taking two bites of the same cake. For those wanting their traditional Call of Duty single-player experience with online play, the Modern Warfare reboot will be enough. For those wanting Battle Royale, a separate release would free up some resources from Infinity Ward and allow it to keep tweaking the main product as needed, while Raven Software nurtures the Battle Royale release. And if it really is free-to-play, there won’t be as much backlash about microtransactions as it’s not in a $60 retail package, but instead a free-to-play game.
I guess, as with most of these things, it’s a case of wait and see what happens.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will release on PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th, 2019.
Source: Charlie Intel