This year's Call of Duty is letting players maintain their aim while refreshing their ammo count. While in the past you'd have to lower your weapon to the side to reload, Modern Warfare will allow ADS, or Aiming Down Sight, reloads.
This has been in some Call of Duty games before, but often relegated to perks or special circumstances. A universal ADS reload could mean a shift in the greater schools of thought around Call of Duty, especially in the multiplayer.
"In the past, if you're ADS, and you're shooting and you reload, the weapon would go off to the side, and you'd have to retrain to get to your target," says Mark Grigsby in a post on the Activision blog. "This time if you reload, it stays on the target, so you can stay in the battle."
Activision also discussed adding weight and different animations for bullet expenditure on various weapons. It's pretty in-depth and niche, but displays the kind of intensive detail you'd expect from a developer who touts the realities of its combat.
We got a look at Modern Warfare prior to E3 2019, and it definitely feels like it is "quadrupling down" on heavy, provocative topics. In our interview with the studio's narrative director, the focus was certainly on trying to portray Modern Warfare as actually modern. With this much added attention to the most minute details of the world's top special forces operators, the studio is certainly swinging for it. We'll see how it pans out on October 25.