Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was officially announced yesterday, as the sixteenth overall Call of Duty title, and the fourth Modern Warfare title, but, as we shared last week, Activision opted for a numberless title, which signals a soft reboot for the most controversial of Call of Duty subseries. It will release on October 25. Although the announcement included a reveal trailer showing fans what they can expect in terms of gameplay and story, there's a lot about the game that's still under wraps. However, PlayStation Lifestyle had the chance to visit Infinity Ward recently and talk with Campaign Gameplay Director Jacob Minkoff, who revealed that the game will not include a Zombies mode.
The last Call of Duty title was Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Our Review), and it did include a Zombies mode, as did the previous title, Call of Duty: WWII (Our Review), but those titles were developed by Treyarch and Sledgehammer Games. However, the last Call of Duty developed by Infinity War was Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Our Review), and it also included a Zombies mode, as the mode has become more and more of a standard of the series. Minkoff explained the decision on why they decided to remove the Zombies mode from the upcoming title.
Because they focus on more of the stylized, graphic novel, super-hero experience, they can have the much more ‘out there’ different types of gameplay in their games. But for us, we’re trying to create an authentic, realistic feeling world. We don’t have the flexibility to do something like put zombies in the game. That would compromise the feeling of playing in a world that feels realistic and authentic and relative to today’s conflicts and things we face.A previous Infinity Ward Call of Duty title that did not include a Zombies mode was Call of Duty: Ghosts (Our Impressions), which seems in line with what Minkoff is saying. The studio is attempting to recreate that impression of realism and authenticity, which also fits well with the idea of a soft reboot. However, fans can still expect some kind of co-op mode: "We’re not ready to talk about cooperative play yet, but what I will tell you is that the single-player storyline goes directly into the co-op storyline. No stop. The events just continue. So those elements—gameplay, progression, story—they just continue throughout everything that we have on the disc or digital download."
So while players may be disappointed to learn that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare won't include a Zombies mode, they might be satisfied with a more realistic and authentic Call of Duty experience, harkening back to its origins, where they will also be able to experience a progression between single-player and cooperative modes.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases on October 25 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, with cross-play available on all platforms.
Are you hyped for a more realistic Call of Duty experience, or were you expecting to headshot some zombies? Let us know in the comments below!