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5 things Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 needs to live up to the hype

Published: 7/Apr/2019 17:08 Updated: 22/Apr/2019 21:09

by Daniel Cleary

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It’s beginning to look even more likely that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 will be announced soon after rumors, so here are five things that we’d like to see added to the game in before its launch.

CoD 2019: Expected to be Modern Warfare 4

Players have been waiting for the return of the fan-favorite Modern Warfare series, and rumors circulating of Modern Warfare 4 being the next installment of Call of Duty might just be true.

Fans of the franchise are already starting to speculate what the next title might feature, so we’ve put together some of the best suggestions that could make for a great Call of Duty game.

5 things we want to see in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4

Campaign Mode 

It has almost been seven years since the last Modern Warfare game was released, and Call of Duty campaigns have been lacking ever since, with Treyarch even deciding to remove mode completely, supplanting it with a battle royale mode, Blackout.

Fans of the Modern Warfare series will be hoping that a campaign in the rumored MW4 will include some kind of continuation from Modern Warfare 3’s intense ending.

ActivisionModern Warfare 2’s “No Russian” mission was controversial to say the least.

Remastered maps

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series is known for a collection of some of the most iconic maps in CoD history, including classics such as Rust, Terminal, Crash and Dome. 

It would only make sense to see some of these maps return for Modern Warfare 4, whether they’re available at launch or as part of a DLC pack.

Rust is one of Call of Duty’s most iconic maps.

Faceoff Modes

Modern Warfare 3 nailed the Faceoff mode playlist with exclusive playable maps designed for 2v2 and 3v3 gameplay. 

Traditionally the smaller Call of Duty maps often become the fan-favorites, and following on from the first point, if maps like Rust were to be remastered they would be a perfect addition to the playlist. Infinity Ward could potentially even add 1v1 matches to Faceoff, adding another layer to public match gameplay.

Aground was one of the original Faceoff maps released for 2v2 and 3v3 modes.

Classic Call of Duty Weapons 

As well as maps, the Modern Warfare series has produced some of the best Call of Duty guns of all time too, from snipers such as the M40A3 or Intervention, to other classics such as the M16, ACR and the UMP-45.

It wouldn’t be right to have another addition to the Modern Warfare series while missing all of these iconic weapons – so surely some of them will make a comeback?

The M40A3 is one of Call of Duty’s most recognizable sniper rifles.

Special Ops/Time Trials

The special ops mode was originally inspired from the “All Ghillied Up” mission in the MW2 campaign, after Infinity Ward wanted to implement co-op in to the campaign. However, they decided against it and thus created an entirely new game mode with fast paced missions that could be played with a duo.

It quickly became quite popular, with players trying to complete the missions in the fastest time possible.

Modern Warfare 2 was the first title to introduce the Special Ops mode.

Some other honorable mentions that could be included in the list could be the addition of another battle royale mode, in-game character customization and potentially bringing back the Nuke or ‘MOAB’ killstreak for MW4.

However, we will have to wait and see what Infinity Ward have in store for next year’s Call of Duty, and if it will live up to the hype.

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CoD 2021 leaks: Release date, next Call of Duty developer, rumors

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:11

by James Busby

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From credible rumors to speculated release dates, find out everything you need to know about Call of Duty 2021. 

The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots on the ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years.

From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. 

With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. 

CoD 2021 release date

Black Ops Cold War screenshot
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War is the latest title to be released.

As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD release title trends, it’s fair to speculate that the game will release in early to mid-November. 

After all, the previous Call of Duty games all had November releases. Here’s a brief timeline of previous CoD release dates: 

  • Call of Duty 3: November 7, 2006
  • Modern Warfare: November 7, 2007
  • World at War: November 11, 2008
  • Modern Warfare 2: November 10, 2009
  • Black Ops: November 9, 2010
  • Modern Warfare 3: November 8, 2011
  • Black Ops II: November 13, 2012
  • Ghosts: November 5, 2013
  • Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
  • Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
  • Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
  • WWII: November 3, 2017
  • Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
  • Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020

While Infinity Ward changed things up with the release of Modern Warfare on October 25, 2019, it is more than likely that CoD 2021 will keep to the usual November schedule. 

Call of Duty 2021 developer

Call of Duty WWII screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Sledgehammer’s last release was Call of Duty WWII.

So, now that we have an idea of when Call of Duty 2021 could release, who exactly is in charge of developing it? Well, if we take a look at the development cycle of the franchise, we might just get a few clues. 

Firstly, the three main studios developing the core Call of Duty games are Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. Raven Software could be given the reigns, but this is unlikely, especially given they mainly focus on assisting each studio. 

The last four CoD games were developed by the following studios: 

  • Black Ops 4: Treyarch (2018)
  • Modern Warfare: Infinity Ward (2019)
  • Warzone: Infinity Ward / Raven Software (2020)
  • Black Ops Cold War: Treyarch / Raven Software (2020)

Judging from the timeline above, the most obvious candidate for Call of Duty 2021 is Sledgehammer Games. The developers behind CoD WWII have been missing from action since 2017, which would indicate that they have been busy working on the next big release. 

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software were tasked with releasing the next CoD game in 2020, but disagreements between the two arose, leading Treyarch to take the lead role. Sledgehammer’s title was then developed into Black Ops Cold War.

Quite how much of the project was reworked into Cold War remains to be seen, but it does seem likely that Sledgehammer Games would use this time to begin working on another title. If this wasn’t evident enough, last year, Sledgehammer reportedly hired 150 new staff and stated that they were actively working on multiple projects

Combine this with the fact that Infinity Ward has only just wrapped up development on Modern Warfare and Treyarch is still busy working on content for Black Ops Cold War – and you have a pretty strong case. 

Call of Duty 2021 rumors

Advanced Warfare screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Could a prequel to Advanced Warfare be in the works?

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Call of Duty 2021, with many fans speculating that the Sledgehammer could be making another entry in the Advanced Warfare series. However, renowned Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson believes that if that is the case, the game will be a prequel. 

“Warzone is going to have a Sledgehammer Games integration,” says Henderson. The whole purpose of Warzone is to convert free-to-play players into paid players by purchasing whichever title is integrated at the time. I just can’t see an EM1 laser rifle being in Warzone, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

This would be a jarring experience, particularly given Warzone’s arsenal currently utilizes real-world weaponry. Having highly futuristic guns could also upset the current balance of the game as well, an area Activision is constantly aiming to control. 

“Maybe we could see a Call of Duty WWII title, possibly like WWII but maybe a prequel or sequel. It would make a lot more sense for the weapons to be integrated into Warzone. It could be a modern or even a future title, but not set too far into the future where it wouldn’t make sense for the Warzone integration.”

While Henderson’s leaks have been correct in the past, these are just rumors and should be treated lightly. 

Call of Duty 2021 leaks

As for Call of Duty 2021 leaks, there has been no footage, screenshots, or box art showcasing the new title. Of course, you can expect to see the usual photoshopped images, blurry box art, fake emails, and rickrolls that come with every new Call of Duty release. 

Once we have any credible information, we’ll update this section further. 

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