5 things we learned from the Modern Warfare multiplayer reveal

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Modern Warfare multiplayer reveal

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer reveal has given us a comprehensive look at the shooter’s competitive mode. From new ways to play with night vision to subtle changes to what you’ll see on screen, it’s a huge step forward for the shooter and undoubtedly one of the most exciting games that’ll be landing towards the end of the year.

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The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer reveal has given us a comprehensive look at the shooter’s competitive mode. From new ways to play with night vision to subtle changes to what you’ll see on screen, it’s a huge step forward for the shooter and undoubtedly one of the most exciting games that’ll be landing towards the end of the year.

But, if you don’t have time to watch the 4 hour reveal (although, we definitely recommend you should, if only to get familiar with all the new maps you’ll be playing this October), we’ve condensed all the important info you need to know into 5 handy points. Before we kick off properly though, we need to let you know that they’ll be tactical ponchos in the game, if you’re a big fan of ponchos on the battlefield.

1. Night vision will be tense

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One of the biggest reveals from the stream was the role night vision will play in multiplayer. Maps now have night modes, where you’ll need to use your goggles to be able to see threats in the dark. One match, played in a new map the Azhir Caves, saw players don night vision goggles to spot threats in the dark. Guns also have targeting lasers on them, which helps with aiming, but your enemies will be able to spot them as well.

Just when you thought Call of Duty couldn’t get tenser, they ask you to fight in the dark.

2. Gunsmith gives you huge customisation options

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While Infinity Ward had teased this new customisation system before the full reveal, we’ve seen a much fuller look at what to expect from the new Gunsmith customisation system. With it, you’ll be able to swap up to 5 individual parts of weapons, with each gun ‘averaging between 30-60 potential modifications’ according to the reveal stream.

So, whether you want to add a lightweight stock to increase you’re aiming movement speed or bolt on an angled foregrip to increase your control over the recoil, you’ll be able to tinker and tweak to your heart’s desire. It was also revealed during the stream you’ll be able add modifications ‘on-the-fly’ during games as well.

3. The mini-map is gone

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The mini-map had been a staple of Call of Duty games, giving you an idea of your surroundings and showing up enemies who were firing their guns. Not anymore. A subtle shift in your display sees a PUBG-esque compass replace the mini-map. Don’t worry, enemies will still pop up on it, but you’ll need to figure out their position rather than spotting it on the mini-map. The UAV Recon returns for Modern Warfare though, so you’ll still have some help in trying to hunt down the opposition.

4. Killstreaks are back

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This is a Modern Warfare game, so naturally, killstreaks are back. While they’ll work similar to how they have in the past, (if you get enough kills, you’ll earn yourself a murderous reward) there’s plenty of support options to choose from. If you get 4 kills for instance, you could get a UAV Recon, which will indicate where enemies are on the map or a Care Package which gives you a handy, but random, item.

Get 7 kills and you can call in a remote controlled vehicle called Wheelson, which has a powerful turret that should help clear up a few enemies. On larger maps, you’ll be able to call in the Infantry Assault Vehicle, a small tank which you’ll be able to drive through the warzones you’re fighting through, with room for a teammate to hop on the turret.

If you’re skilled enough to get 15 kills, you’ll be able to get your feet into the formidable Juggernaut suit. If the idea of striding up to enemies in a heavily armoured suit doesn’t make you excited, then the fact that it blares Metal music when you’re in it might…

5. Dark Edition and Beta Details

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Let’s be honest, all we want to know is when we can get our hands on the game. While the full release is coming on 25 October, you’ll have more than a few chances to give the game a try before then. First up, there’s a PS4 exclusive beta from 12-13 September if you pre-order the game, with an open beta running from 14-16 September for PlayStation players.

Then, there’ll be a crossplay beta for fans who pre-order on PS4, Xbox One, and PC from September 19-20, with another open beta on those platforms running from September 21-23.

On top of that, a swanky new version of the game is coming, called the Dark Edition. This GAME Exclusive version of Modern Warfare comes with a functional set of night vision goggles (!), as well as a steelbook, and plenty of digital goodies.

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