Although many fans are waiting to see if Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has its own battle royale mode, the title does have two larger-scale modes in the works for this year. At the multiplayer preview event this week, Game Rant was able to go hands-on with two separate modes, one that supports 20 total players and one that supports 40.
Infinity Ward explained that thanks to the new graphics engine, the development team is able to design multiplayer maps for Modern Warfare that support a variety of team sizes. The new Gun Fight mode, for example, features small scale arenas that best suit the fast-paced 2v2 action.
From the small scale to the large scale, Modern Warfare can then blow things up to give a big team battle feel. It may not be on the level of a Battlefield game, but these maps felt much larger than anything seen in Call of Duty thus far. As a result, players could pick and choose how they wanted to approach their loadouts and which areas to focus on. Sniping has always been an area that Call of Duty has struggled, but these 20v20 maps had lanes large enough to truly highlight long range encounters.
The 20v20 mode itself should be familiar to most multiplayer FPS fans. 5 capture points are scattered around the map and each team will rush to capture and control them as quickly as possible. The more points held at any point will influence how many points the team earns for kills and other feats. There was a genuine push and pull in our experience with the mode and it came right down to the wire.
10v10 is a little more chaotic due to the nature of a smaller map with 20 players running around. It was very common to have spawn points flip and get attacked from behind, which can become frustrating. Luckily, unlike the larger map, these smaller maps are quick to funnel players back into the action.
With Gun Fight, night maps, and now these larger team maps, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare seems to be introducing even more variety into its multiplayer package, and with the promise of more to be revealed. During the event, Infinity Ward hinted that there is something even bigger on the horizon, potentially in the battle royale space.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases October 25, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.