With the upcoming release of the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise soon being upon us, the marketing drive from Infinity Ward and Activision has begun to ramp up. With a recently released trailer on their official YouTube channel, Activision showed a few more sparse seconds of gameplay and announced a surprising move for the single-player lovers of the franchise.
The game itself, whilst well rumored, was officially announced a couple of months ago, and every little bit of gameplay we’ve seen thus far is solely based around the single-player campaign. Nothing of the multiplayer has been showcased yet, although with the game releasing in a few months’ time, that’ll no doubt be changing soon.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
As predictable as the sun rising in the morning, the announcement of the annual Call of Duty never comes as much of a surprise to gamers around the world. With three developers working for Activision on the flagship franchise, the only question that persists is what time period, what celebrity voice actors, and whether or not it’ll work on launch.
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Well, Activision has taken their latest installment to a new level of regurgitating the same tired franchise to a new level. Taking the ideas, characters, settings, and grounded gameplay of their original Modern Warfare trilogy, they’ve used the same name, given some updated graphics, and updated the necessary bits to make a modern interpretation of their much-lauded and awarded trilogy. Play on the nostalgia, minimal effort, and earn big bank. Pretty much the staple of any big consumer media company these days.
That’s not to say the predecessor to the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 was bad or ‘just a rehash’, in fact, it was legitimately good and the most fun most had with Call of Duty since their first foray with the first trilogy, and hopefully, the new Modern Warfare 2 continues that trend.
Gameplay and Campaign
As already mentioned, on the official Youtube Channel for Call of Duty, a short, thirty-second gameplay teaser was showcased. As with previous gameplay videos, it doesn’t show much other than the player walking his way through various locations, from cities to jungles, to back alleys and ravines. Nothing exactly game-breaking. However, the more interesting tidbit of info is that, unlike most companies, Activision has taken the chance to offer early access to those who pre-order the game digitally.
Now, that’s not a new marketing move by any stretch. Usually, though, most incentives of this kind extend to early access multiplayer, but this is for those of us that enjoy booting up the single player and turning into Rambo. When pre-ordering digitally, players will get up to a week’s early access to the single-player campaign. Many players will scoff at this, some because they just want the multiplayer, others because a week is usually more than enough to finish the admittedly shorter single-player campaigns Call of Duty is known for.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 releases fully on October 28th, on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.
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