If you missed out on Call of Duty: NEXT yesterday, Activision’s yearly deep dive into the series’ latest, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s what’s NEXT
Yeah, you probably know all about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III. The 2023 installment of the long-running shooter franchise is a direct sequel to the. previous year’s game for the first time ever, and brings back the fan-favorite Modern Warfare universe once again.
Past a rough idea of what the campaign will be loaded up with, we also know that zombies mode is coming to a Modern Warfare title for the first time ever. That’ll continue the storyline of the co-op mode, that was last seen in Black Ops. We also know that the multiplayer will be dragging forward a bunch of stuff from Modern Warfare II, and feature recreations of classic Modern Warfare 2 (note the number-style) maps.
So what was there to really talk about at NEXT yesterday then? Well, it turns out, quite a bit. Activision revealed new trailers and imagery for all of the above and more, plus shared a bunch of fresh details. If you’re pumped for what’s coming up next month (November 10th) already, what’s below will probably amp you just that much more.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III Multiplayer
The biggest news, as goes MWIII’s multiplayer, is that five of the 16 launch maps will be fully playable in the upcoming beta. Those will include Favela, Estate, Skidrow, Rust, and Highrise, so you should have plenty to keep you engaged if you’re in that test phase.
Also announced is that a new Ground War and War Mode map will be included at launch, as will Cutthroat. If you don’t know what the latter is, it’s a totally new mode that presents 3v3v3 action, across core multiplayer maps. So it’s not new maps that’ll feature, but Cutthroat will be a pretty new way to play nonetheless.
Here’s a look at what’s coming:
Modern Warfare III Zombies
Maybe even more hotly anticipated than the multiplayer, is the first iteration of “zombies mode” to feature in a Modern Warfare game. If you’re already a fan, then his new version should feel right at home for you, even though there are some definitely evolutions.
Zombies will star a big open-world environment, filled with undead, but what should make it feel new is how that will play. For one thing, fans will find themselves included in “multiple squads who can work together to take on masses of enemy forces”.
And speaking of those “enemy forces”, there are gonna be a lot of them. Activision is promising both “greater enemy density than ever before” and more variety of foes. What’s that mean? It means you won’t just be fighting zombies, as some of the bad guys from the Modern Warfare universe will be working to make life miserable too.
Oh, and you want vehicles? Well, you’re gonna get ’em. Support for vehicles, plus ” a series of rewards and upgrades, classic features like Pack-A-Punch, Perk Colas, the Mystery Box, and Wonder Weapon, and more” is all coming up.
Call of Duty: Warzone
Back in fine form too, is Call of Duty: Warzone. The franchise’s Battle Royale mode is ready to serve up the new Urzikstan locale (hitting November 10th with MWIII), which will stock 11 “memorable main points of interest”, and other smaller areas. But that’s not all, as fans will find “an expanded narrative” too, according to Activision.
Don’t worry if you’re looking for new gameplay though, as Warzone will have that too. The publisher says that “Lethals, Tacticals, Field Upgrades and Killstreaks” will be “cherry-picked” from Modern Warfare III and included in Warzone. Even that’s not all though, as “new features including horizontal ziplines, a drivable train, a new Champions Quest, a new Gulag, and so much more” will all be included too.
Catch an overview on Warzone here, on the official Call of Duty blog.
Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile
Rounding out the event was a look at the latest edition of Warzone Mobile. The second part of the double-dose of Warzone included both Verdansk, and the mobile debut of Rebirth Island. That’ll be coming on “day one”, with a worldwide launch scheduled for spring of 2024.