It’s no secret that Infinity Ward has been engaged on a sequel to 2019’s Name of Obligation: Trendy Warfare, and, now, the studio is lastly unveiling its subsequent blockbuster. It’s referred to as Trendy Warfare II, and it options each a single-player marketing campaign that’s a direct sequel to the earlier sport in addition to multiplayer together with a brand new tactical co-op mode.
First, the marketing campaign. Right here’s how Infinity Ward describes the setup:
Trendy Warfare ll picks up the motion because the sequel to Trendy Warfare (2019) because the newly shaped Process Drive 141 faces an enormous international menace throughout a marketing campaign of missions that push the boundaries of gameplay. The motion takes gamers around the globe as Process Drive 141 works to neutralize a terrorist conspiracy and assault on the US, spanning areas across the globe. A newly aligned menace conspires to create chaos contained in the US’ borders and Process Drive 141 should come collectively towards all odds.
Gamers will struggle alongside essentially the most iconic characters in Trendy Warfare, together with Captain Worth, Ghost, Cleaning soap, Gaz and Laswell, in addition to encounter a number of deadly new allies like Mexican Particular Forces, Colonel Alejandro Vargas, and adversaries drawn from the murkiest corners of the worldwide warfare on terror.
Given the present state of the world, with an ongoing warfare in Ukraine and a sudden deal with gun violence within the US, Trendy Warfare II is launching at a difficult time. (That’s not even mentioning the various, many lawsuits confronted by Name of Obligation writer Activision Blizzard.)
In a preview for press forward of the announcement, Infinity Ward co-studio head Patrick Kelly defined, “We’re telling fictional tales. However it’s impressed by real-world army occasions that form the world we stay in. It is a delicate one for me as a result of with the occasions occurring on the planet, the warfare on Ukraine, it’s vital to me that we be delicate on this one.” He defined that one of many objectives was to current the sport’s characters as “heroic but additionally human.” This philosophy seems to be a change from the earlier Trendy Warfare, which tended to extra sensationalist depictions of warfare.
Multiplayer, in the meantime, will characteristic each large-scale maps for many gamers concurrently — the studio says it realized loads from making the Verdansk map for the battle royale Name of Obligation: Warzone — in addition to smaller ones designed for six vs. six matches. There’s additionally what the studio describes as “an advanced particular ops sport mode that includes tactical co-op gameplay.”
As a part of its official reveal of Trendy Warfare II, Activision additionally reiterated that Name of Obligation: Warzone could be coming to cell. (The writer stated one thing comparable earlier this yr.) There isn’t a lot else in the way in which of particulars — reminiscent of when it’s going to launch or the way it will differ from the console and PC model — however the writer says the cell Warzone is a part of “a brand new period” for the franchise. That features plenty of developments, like using the identical engine throughout Trendy Warfare II and the subsequent iteration of Warzone that’s as a result of launch later this yr in addition to treating that new Warzone expertise as “an extension of the Trendy Warfare II universe.”
Right here’s the writer’s assertion on it:
October twenty eighth marks a brand new starting for Name of Obligation beginning with the discharge of Trendy Warfare II. Quickly after, an entirely new Warzone will launch as an extension of the Trendy Warfare II universe. With it comes new know-how, new options, and new gameplay that work seamlessly collectively. All through, now we have taken a variety of neighborhood suggestions to coronary heart. With the intention to absolutely ship this state-of-the-art expertise, Warzone 2.0 will characteristic new Trendy Warfare II content material and programs with model new development and inventories. Right this moment’s Warzone will proceed on as a separate expertise that may embrace a continuation of participant development and inventories inside that Warzone expertise.
Trendy Warfare II is scheduled to launch on October twenty eighth for a wide variety of platforms, together with the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Sequence X / S, and PC through each Battle.web and, for the primary time in years, Steam.