The new era of CoD is here
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Let me get this out of the way before I start, thank the Lord Infinity Ward came out and, in no uncertain terms, stated which direction they’re taking Call of Duty.
Going forward, the new CoD era will focus on making Call of Duty fun again. Not for eSports, not for sweats… just good old fun.
And the Call of Duty Next event showcase delivered.
There was a lot of talking but that’s to be expected at such an important milestone. And I have to say, I was impressed.
Modern Warfare 2 has of course come with a visual upgrade.
There’s more color, more saturation, and an overall more arcadey look that’s refreshing from the realism of 2019. It looks like the team at Infinity Ward have surveyed the landscape of shooters like Apex Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, and Battlefield 2042.
New Game Modes
Infinity Ward also introduced 3 new game modes.
Prisoner Rescue is a 6 v 6 objective mode that works almost exactly like Rainbow Six Siege’s Hostage Rescue. Each side takes turns being the attacker and defenders and the attackers must carry the hostages to an exfil.
Knock Out is another 6 v 6 mode that is essentially Capture the Flag but with a duffle bag of money. Teammates can only be revived once.
And finally, Invasion — a 20 v 20 large-scale team deathmatch with an added 20 A.I. “teammates” on each team. It’s essentially Ground War without objectives.
I know I’m not going to play any of these new modes seriously, but it’s still good to see Infinity Ward expanding. Who knows, they might learn something new about player preferences they can use to make ranked matches even better.
I’ll be completely honest, the core MW2 gameplay Infinity Ward showed off didn’t look all that impressive — it was what you’d expect out of a Modern Warfare title except with slight tweaks.
Slide canceling is out but player movement also appears to be slower. And while I don’t mind because I’m interested in seeing a more “tactical” Modern Warfare, the community is going to be divided. Especially those wanting a skill gap.
Movement might be normalized to the point where aiming and positioning are now the name of the game. We’ll see.
Core gameplay aside, in the spirit of fun, Infinity Ward has included new equipment as well as a few small functional gameplay mechanics that add more variety to skirmishes.
For gadgets, things like decoy balloons, tac cams, and drill charges — which are basically Fuze’s Cluster Charges from Rainbow Six Siege — have been added.
Like every CoD, you have to have an array of equipment. And like every Cod, high-level play will boil down to semtex and stims.
For traversal mechanics, the dolphin dive from Black Ops is making its entrance along with two new ways to help us eliminate threats.
Ledge hanging gives us the ability to peak and shoot before mantling — this can only work because of the reduced game speed. We’ll see how often it gets used.
And a shockingly cool third-person camera mode which, by the way, is only present in Hardpoint during the beta, but will likely expand to the rest of the CoD catalog.
I feel like 3rd person is going to break the game, but again we’re just getting started so we’ll see.
All in all, Call of Duty Next was a success.
We got to see almost 3 hours of gameplay ranging from Modern Warfare 2, Warzone Mobile, and Warzone 2 — the latter two which I’ll get to in other posts.
I would have liked for Infinity Ward to talk about the new engine they built for this next CoD era — they completely sidelined it — and based on what I’m seeing now, it makes me wonder why a new engine was necessary. Maybe it was because of the A.I. system they’ve introduced? We’ll see how long it takes the CoD community to break that.
Regardless, you have to admit, Vanguard and Black Ops Cold War were obvious signs Activision was losing direction on the future of the CoD franchise — those games could have easily never been released and no one would have missed them.
Infinity Ward has rebooted Modern Warfare for the better with an emphasis on variety and fun gameplay via a ton of new gadgets and game modes and I’m excited about its future.
See you on the battlefield and as always, stay cool, gentlemen.