Activision has revealed the first screenshots for their upcoming latest installment in their extremely popular first-person shooter series, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The latest game is something quite unusual for the long-running franchise as it'll be a soft reboot of the Modern Warfare sub-series, which launched in 2007 with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The game, as well as its sequels, are some of the most popular Call of Duty games in the entire series (the third entry is the highest selling Call of Duty game ever).
A soft reboot isn't the only first that Activision and developer Infinity Ward are bringing to the table with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, either, as the game will be the first to feature full cross crossplay multiplayer. After the inclusion of battle royale mode Blackout and the exclusion of a story mode in the last entry, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the series has clearly been trying to reinvent itself lately and find new ways to keep the franchise fresh. Though now it seems as if the Call of Duty games are looking backward for the next entry and pushing the franchise even closer to its roots with realistic combat and a modern setting after years of science fiction-heavy games.
The latest screenshots, first revealed by Activision at E3 2019, seem to drive this point home. While the studio didn't show off much of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the two screenshots released highlight two multiplayer characters, one of whom seems to be the returning Juggernaut. The other is a sniper-based character completely camouflaged in a grassy area. For a look at the two screenshots from the upcoming game, take a look below:
The first multiplayer screenshots from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare are certainly beautiful to look at, but it still doesn't seem like things will look all that improved from last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. This obviously comes with the territory of releasing games on a yearly cycle, even with three different studios working on the titles on the past. Of course, fans won't know for certain how improved the graphics or gameplay is until Activision actually shows off some in-game footage.
Either way, it seems as if Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will keep the tradition of controversial campaign scenes alive in this sub-series, as the game is already garnering some negative feedback for a reported section of the campaign where the player can take on the role of a child soldier. Whether that leads to as memorable (for good or bad) a moment as the "No Russian" section from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remains to be seen. On top of this, it'll also be interesting to see how the title tackles its rumored increased 20 player maximum multiplayer section and what that means for any kind of potential battle royale mode in this year's iteration of Call of Duty.