While we don't know much about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's online offerings other than the fact that it will have a brand new cooperative mode and multiplayer as we've come to expect from the series, publisher Activision and developers Infinity Ward confirmed something in relation to both. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have cross-play across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. And as the cherry on top, it won't have a season pass either.
"With the launch of Modern Warfare, the team is taking steps to unite the community. First, the team plans for Modern Warfare to be played together across PC and console through cross-play support," Activision and Infinity Ward said in a statement.
Call of Duty has always kept its platforms isolated in terms of its respective playerbases. That's changing with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, as all platforms will be able to play together, even PC. However, balancing the obviously advantaged PC players versus controller-wielding console players with input lagging TVs remains a big unanswered question.
Modern Warfare will also not have a season pass. "The team is eliminating the traditional season pass, so that they can deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players," Activision and Infinity Ward added. Last year's Call of Duty Black Ops 4 has a season pass that to this day costs $49.99, nearly the full price of the base game before discount. So, ridding of the season pass entirely in favor of a free update model, as other big live-service games have taken to following, is a pretty big deal.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was announced this morning as a reinvention of the fan favorite subseries Modern Warfare, which initially debuted back in 2007 as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. 2019's Modern Warfare isn't a retelling of that game's events though. It's instead bringing the characters from it forward and molding them for the modern era, in addition to introducing new characters and perspectives on war.
We saw two extended demos of Modern Warfare's compelling single-player campaign, and interviewed studio narrative director Taylor Kurosaki about how player choice, mission structure, and other changes are factoring into the Call of Duty reimagining.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will release on October 25 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC through Blizzard's Battle.net.