This week at the Call of Duty Modern Warfare multiplayer reveal event in Los Angeles, Stevivor had the opportunity to sit down and play some of the modes that have been announced so far. This included Gunfight, a 2 vs 2 close ranged shootout, traditional 6 vs 6 team-based modes like Deathmatch or Domination and finally the new large player count maps that features 20 vs 20 players.
Although Infinity Ward is still cooking something else up as they teased that there was still more to come, and that they might have something larger in mind.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 shipped with a Battle Royale mode called Blackout, tapping into one of the biggest genres over the last 2 years everyone is trying to jump into. Blackout was a blast to play, and really amped up the speed of the gameplay compared to the likes of other titles available at the time.
Infinity Ward hasn’t confirmed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have a Battle Royale mode, but they also aren’t saying that it won’t. Stevivor had the chance to chat with a few of the developers working on the game and talk to them about one of the biggest genre’s in gaming right now and if they’ve ruled it out.
“We’re fans of that genre,” Design Director Geoff Smith told us. “We’re definitely pushing for bigger maps and bigger player counts.”
“We never rule out anything,” Design Director Jack O’Hara added.
“We have upwards of 100 players being able to play in the same space, it’s really about crafting what the most fun experience is. This was one where on the tech side it was obviously a big lift to be able to support all of that, so I think we are still exploring all the different ways you can put that configuration together and have fun with it.”
While Infinity Ward don’t want to confirm anything yet, we asked them if they felt any pressure to have one in there because of today’s trends.
“There’s always strong pressure from people that are like, ‘Look at this thing, its successful.’” O’Hara continued. “When we set off on this game to make it, we kind of really thought about it as ‘what is the ultimate multiplayer playground?’
“Funnily enough for us it started all the way down to 2 v 2, which gave you back this old LAN party vibe. All the way to large player count modes with large teams battling each other, and really getting that sense of it being this big warzone with planes flying above, kill streaks coming in, and vehicles being used.”
So while Infinity Ward has its lips sealed for the moment and won’t confirm any Battle Royale for Modern Warfare, it also certainly isn’t saying the game doesn’t have one. This is on top of the studio teasing a larger player count mode that we don’t know about yet. Could it be Battle Royale, or might it be something else? We don’t know, but we probably won’t have to wait too long to find out.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare heads to Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4 on 25 October.
Luke Lawrie traveled to Los Angeles, U.S.A. to preview Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as a guest of Activision. Travel and accommodation were supplied by the publisher.