Infinity Ward has released new footage for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, slated to hit stores on Oct. 25, which hints at the most mature and sophisticated CoD entry to date.
The raw footage follows on from last week’s tedious reveal stream featuring a handful of YouTubers navigating the 2v2 Gunfight mode with infantile squealing and asinine comments to match.
After a backlash from uninspired fans who demanded a stripped back, less saccharine-dipped sneak peek at the game, the latest batch of gameplay is a wholly different affair. Uncut and free of commentary, it offers a look at what the game will feel like from the player’s end.
Infinity Ward Teases Stripped Back, Tactical Gameplay
Much of Call of Duty’s fast-paced movement and traversal remain but with an added veneer of urgency that lends itself well to the close-quarters maps on display, named Pine, King, and Stack. Rather than an overly complex system of specialists and player-selected load-outs, Gunfight offers a stripped-down mode where meaningful engagement with the enemy is propped up as the primary focus.
Players dart from cover to cover and expose themselves to scout out enemies, occasionally using CoD’s now-signature sliding mechanic. The controls are responsive but have a more pronounced tactical feel – a grounded weight that previous iterations of Activision’s flagship FPS franchise are missing.
Tactical is a keyword here. Modern Warfare has borrowed a page from Rainbow Six: Siege’s book, sidelining the all-guns-blazing approach, for a more measured, and dare we say, cerebral experience.
Weapons have a weightier feel thanks to polished animations and excellent sound effects that give a sense of impact. Every shot counts, and sustaining damage is far less forgiving – partly encouraged by the absence of a health regeneration mechanic.