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Call of Duty • May 30, 2019

Esports community share confusion over Call of Duty: Modern Warfare crossplay announcement

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Esports community share confusion over Call of Duty: Modern Warfare crossplay announcement
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Call of Duty fans are hyped for the newly announced Modern Warfare, but it came with a side of confusion from the pro scene after Infinity Ward confirmed the new title would feature crossplay.

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At long last Infinity Ward gave the world its first look at the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise on May 30 after mountains of leaks and rumors. While there is no shortage of new and old players rejoicing at Modern Warfare’s reveal, there’s already rumblings of how the upcoming game is going to shake up the competitive scene.

Across social media, everyone from Call of Duty pros to prominent esports figures have been chiming in with how crossplay in Modern Warfare could affect the landscape of future CoD competitions.

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In a press release shortly following Modern Warfare’s reveal trailer, Infinity Ward said they “plan for Modern Warfare to be played together across PC and console through cross-play support.”

The news sent ripples through social media for people who were wondering what that meant for professional CoD, since a similar situation has been taking place in the Fortnite Battle Royale scene.

“Wait wait wait wait WAIT,” Team Solo-Mid’s Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani said, “COD going cross platform means what for competitive COD? Are former controller players shifting to PC? Will PC players end up being the alpha race? Or will all fronts just go head to head, that would be legendary.”

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Pros around the esports scene were bringing up points that have been heard before.

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Longtime esports commentator Lauren ‘Pansy’ Scott even saw the potential in a future PC player shakedown, saying: “Ooo CoD finally cross platform. Big yikes for console gamers incoming.”

Even esports insider Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau gave his hot take on the announcement with a classic meme while adding: “One of the best things Call of Duty has ever done and another win for all gamers when the platforms come together… PC gamers coming in to ezclap console kids.”

What does Modern Warfare crossplay mean for consoles?

PC gaming has long enjoyed some of the most optimal ways to enjoy games due to high-functioning setups that can get the most out of a given title.

With Modern Warfare having crossplay, console players will be able to opt-in to servers that include the entire CoD fanbase from Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.

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Modern Warfare's crossplay is terrific for broader gaming audiences, but questions still loom on how it will affect the pro scene.

While this is incredible on the surface, there have been long winded discussions in the past about esports players on different platforms competing with each other.

From aim assist on consoles to steadier higher frames that can be achieved with PC’s, it’s going to be interesting to see how the CoD scene will adapt, if at all, to the crossplay title.