Answer the call and get battle ready in the Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® Open Beta. Early access begins September 12 on PS4.
Experience the ultimate online playground with classic multiplayer, or squad-up and play cooperatively in a collection of elite operations accessible to all skill levels.
Modern Warfare’s single-player campaign will feature tactical-based moral choices whereupon the player is evaluated and assigned a score at the end of each level; players will have to quickly ascertain whether NPCs are a threat or not, such as coming across a civilian who is believed to be going for a gun before grabbing her baby. This collateral damage score, referred to as a threat assessment, is based on how many civilians the player injures or kills and ranges from rank A to F – rewards are introduced to those who score higher. Dialogue will differ depending on the choices the player makes in the game. Tactical decisions involve using a sniper rifle in a large environment to approach objectives in a non-linear order, and shooting out lights in favor of using night-vision goggles during breaching and clearing. For the first time in the series, the game will allow the player to reload weapons while aiming down the sights of the gun at the same time.
The game’s multiplayer has been revised to allow for more tactical gameplay, including a focus on map exploration, door breaching, and a night-vision mode that removes the HUD. The mini-map has been removed in favor of a compass-style marker, with visual cues to detect friendlies and opponents. Multiplayer also features the return of Killstreaks, more recent Call of Duty titles having used Scorestreaks instead. The online modes allow for a larger range of players within a map than previous installments, with a new mode called “Ground War” featuring over 100 players, while conversely another new mode, “Gunfight”, tasks two teams of two players against each other in a match lasting forty seconds per round. The game includes an extensive weapons customization system, presenting most guns with a range of up to 60 attachments to choose from (five of which can be equipped at any one time). The introduction of multiplayer matches has also been revamped; while in previous titles players would remain motionless on the map as a timer would count to zero, players will instead be flown into the map via helicopter as part of an animation.
Modern Warfare will be the first game in the series since 2013’s Call of Duty: Ghosts not to feature a Zombies mode, instead featuring the co-op Spec Ops mode present in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The Spec Ops mode shares its narrative with both the campaign and multiplayer.