Activision unveils Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer modes

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During a Livestream event this afternoon, Activision unveiled the full suite of modes for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare‘s multiplayer. Bringing back features from older entries alongside some new options, CODMW is set to be a hell of a title when it launches in October.

This is my rifle, this is my gun…

While the official trailer is a bunch of marketing nonsense, Activision got to talking about the various modes that Modern Warfare will launch with. The heavily touted “Gunfight” mode will be a small scale 2v2 affair for squads to face each other. Unlike last year’s Black Ops 4, Modern Warfare will not scale down the conflicts. The traditional 6v6 options will see a return alongside the inclusion of a 10v10 and 20v20 mode. The brand new “Ground War” mode will also see “an epic large-scale” battle for 100+ players. It will not be a battle royale feature, though.

The confirmed maps for multiplayer will be “Azhir Cave,” the “Euphrates Bridge,” “Gun Runner,” and “Grazna Raid.” It seems the game’s conflict has spread out across the globe, which should help lend some diversity to the proceedings. Killstreaks will make a return, and cross-play was reiterated to be a big feature for this latest installment. An early closed beta for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will launch exclusively for PlayStation 4 on September 12 and run until September 16 (with an open period beginning on September 14). A few days after that, a cross-play enabled beta for each platform will run from September 19 until September 23. The early-access period will end in the midst of this, on September 20.

Now that we have a better idea of how the multiplayer will function, are you excited for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? I’m not so sure I still have an interest in the series, personally. However, even I have to admit that this new engine seems fairly impressive. The inclusion of cross-play is also an excellent feature, ensuring that everyone can participate with each other. Black Ops 4 might be a shell of its former self, but hopefully, Modern Warfare picks up the slack.