Call of Duty: Next showcased the many innovations Infinity Ward have made to ensure you’re getting the deepest Multiplayer experience yet. All of this stems from what Infinity Ward calls “emergent gameplay” — a host of exciting innovations in design and technnology shared across titles seamlessly in all facets of your Call of Duty experience, from menu navigation to social features, to all-new modes of play. This gameplay convergence means that whatever your playstyle, you can expect deep franchise connectivity uniting Modern Warfare® II, Call of Duty®: Warzone™ 2.0 and Call of Duty®: Warzone™ Mobile.
The new era begins on October 28 with the launch of Modern Warfare® II. The sneak peek at the era-defining Multiplayer features begins tomorrow with the Open Beta.
Today’s Call of Duty: Next event was focused on Multiplayer, though this is just a glimpse of the full game that launches on October 28. Modern Warfare II also features an incredible Campaign you can play up to a week early if you digitally preorder the game, and we are excited to confirm that a robust Special Ops mode – the cooperative intel-gathering, action-packed cooperative experience synonymous with Modern Warfare – as well as a brand-new Raids game mode involving strategic thinking, puzzle-solving and most importantly bouts of intense co-op combat action, launches this year as part of the incredible content drop to come to Modern Warfare II players. Read on for initial intel on both modes, and we can’t wait to tell you much more about Special Ops and Raids soon.
For now, here’s a deeper dive into some of the innovative Multiplayer features, as you gear up and get ready to drop into the Open Beta starting tomorrow:
Water: Swimming and Aquatic Combat
Ask any Operator who dropped into Verdansk, and they’ll tell you even campers in the airport tower weren’t as lethal to your health as accidentally touching water: Drop into the ocean and you died immediately. Fortunately, every Operator in Modern Warfare II has taken swimming lessons; and the new water-based combat is one of incredible technological advancements made by Infinity Ward.
Action now occurs above, on, and in water. The Modern Warfare II game engine’s water physics captures the currents and rapids in rivers and large, cresting waves in oceans. Water can be clean, murky, polluted, or have debris floating and bobbing on the surface. Vehicles can be driven into or on top of water, leaving a wake. Most importantly, there’s an abundance of fresh and new gameplay tactics you can employ.
In the Open Beta, maps with water showcase these advancements. Water can be used as a stealth or escape mechanism for you to lurk in or retreat into. If you’re not traversing by boat, wade into water as you would normally, and when the water is deep enough, change stance, or sprint and look down to plunge underwater. Fire underwater using sidearms and certain equipment, and you’ll see your weapon’s projectile is affected by the increased density, meaning you may need to lead your aim. If you’re checking for caches, they may be submerged and require you to swim to them. Re-evaluate how each piece of equipment, particularly Tactical items, can achieve on or under the water; you’ll need all-new strategies when attacking boats, enemies below the water’s surface, when you’re avoiding (or deploying) explosive ordnance….
This is just a sampling of what you should expect when it comes to aquatic advancements in Modern Warfare II.