By CCN: Face it: No one plays Call of Duty for the single-player campaign. So gamers should take heart that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer preview teases Infinity Ward's most ambitious multiplayer experience to date.
Traditionally, the Call of Duty games have allowed for competitive multiplayer matches generally sporting about 6 to 12 players per mode. However, the next title in the tentpole franchise aims to throw tradition out the door.
Call of Duty multiplayer is about to get 10 times bigger
In the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, "Ground War" mode will support player counts up to and exceeding 100.
Here's Infinity Ward in a press release:
"Players can jump into new play spaces that redefine Call of Duty multiplayer, from quick-action, close-quarters 2 vs. 2 experiences in Gunfight, traditional 6 vs. 6 multiplayer gameplay, modes that support 10 vs. 10 and 20 vs. 20 firefights, along with high-player count maps and combat, such as the all-new Ground War, an epic large-scale mode supporting more than 100-players. And, that’s just the beginning for Modern Warfare fans."
There is value in variety for Call of Duty
The press release suggests that, while the game will support the traditional setup of 6 vs. 6, players will have a tantalizing variety of game modes to choose from, offering players the chance to swap from a massive 100-person firefight in Ground War to a much more intimate style of combat in 2 vs. 2 matches.
The variety in match scales demonstrates that Infinity Ward continually wants to take bold steps in new directions while providing fans with a solid reboot of a familiar concept.
That said, in contrast to its first-person shooter competitors such as the Battlefield series, Modern Warfare's 100-player mode begs the question of necessity.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 had a 100-player mode. However, it was in service to the growingly-popular battle royale mode rather than a true CoD firefight.
Will Infinity Ward be able to pull this one off?
The reaction has been (mostly) positive
While some fans feel a bit pessimistic, suggesting that latency issues will begin to arise, others say they're excited.
One Reddit user said, "I am seriously excited for this, I always played Ground War for almost all the CoDs, however the problem is if the game will have maps to support it."
On the other hand, one less-excited user said, "CoD 4 was so good because it had small teams and well-designed maps," suggesting that 100-player matches would be too chaotic.
In either regard, perhaps Infinity Ward will offer gamers a glimpse at Ground War before Modern Warfare's October 25, 2019 release date.