Call of Duty’s multiplayer design director, Joe Cecot, has confirmed that the upcoming Modern Warfare reboot won’t focus on battle royale. By his own admission, Modern Warfare’s designers are “big fans of battle royale,” but larger priorities currently exist.
“We’re excited for large player counts and things like that, but right now we’re really focused on core multiplayer.”Joe Cecot, Interview with PC Gamer
This comment seems to suggest battle royale should still feature in some capacity. However, Modern Warfare may not expand much on what Black Ops 4 already set in place. Cecot closed by stating “it’s really just about pulling back to Modern Warfare and keeping that pure.” This last comment contradicts Activision’s previous actions.
When Modern Warfare Remastered was released in 2016, fans were shocked to see how it had been treated. Activision had imprisoned it behind Infinite Warfare’s $80 special edition. To make matters worse, they would later add predatory microtransactions into a nine-year-old game. The final straw was a re-release of the Variety Map Pack, now costing $14.99 instead of the original $9.99.
Call of Duty’s choice to move away from battle royale is not surprising given the genre’s relative decline. Both Fortnite and PUBG are suffering from declining viewership figures as of late. Fortnite went from being Twitch’s most-viewed game to dropping behind both of the MOBA titans. PUBG has fallen from 5th to 8th, now putting it behind direct competitors Overwatch and CS: GO. Call of Duty Black Ops 4 hasn’t been in the top 10 since its launch week.
You won’t have to wait long now to get your hands on Modern Warfare. PlayStation 4 players get exclusive early access to the Modern Warfare Open Beta on September 14th. Those who pre-order can get it two days earlier on September 12th. Xbox One and PC owners get their chance to play a week later on September 21st. Pre-orders for these platforms get you the Open Beta on September 19th.