Infinity Ward and Activision held a big event today to officially unveil Call of Duty Modern Warfare’s multiplayer mode, but there was one thing missing that veterans of Call of Duty Black Ops 4 might notice. There’s no Call of Duty Modern Warfare battle royale mode among the game’s multiplayer modes.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 eschewed its campaign mode in favor of putting in a battle royale mode instead, called Blackout. While Blackout was fairly popular and managed to be a big draw for players, however, it appears that Infinity Ward is going its own way.
Mainly, they’re doing this in the form of a new multiplayer mode known as “Ground War”, a large-scale hundred-player mode that stands alongside the game’s doubles mode, six on six mode, 10 on 10 mode, and 20 on 20 modes. Activision also said these modes were just the beginning.
However, at the same time Infinity Ward refused to confirm a battle royale mode would be coming. While it doesn’t necessarily mean that a battle royale mode isn’t coming at all, it may still be a while before the developers believe they can actually put one into the game.
The main advantage that this has for Ground War means that as a 50 on 50 team death match mode, it will show that the game can support 100 players all at once, which is an important benchmark to hit considering the strain that can put on a game’s servers.
Ground War brings to mind the sort of large-scale battle modes from the Battlefield games, as it allows players to jump into vehicles and drive around them on large maps that make it feel like a full-scale battle, which few Call of Duty games really do these days.
Considering some of the killstreaks reputed to be returning, which not only includes airstrikes but also the ability to drop an Infantry Fighting Vehicle into the map, having a larger mode where you can utilize these to their full potential definitely helps.
In general even though a Call of Duty Modern Warfare battle royale won’t be coming, it seems like Infinity Ward is shaking up the franchise’s multiplayer in a big way. They’re doing away with season passes this time around, and are even working on crossplay.
You’ll be able to play the beta for Call of Duty Modern Warfare’s multiplayer modes if you pre-order the game. The beta will be taking place from September 12 to September 16, while a crossplay demo will be happening from September 19 to September 23. All of this will be happening exclusively on the PS4.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare will be coming out on October 25 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. Hopefully we’ll be seeing at least some news on the Call of Duty Modern Warfare Battle Royale after its release.