Infinity Ward shows off the first mission from Call of Duty Modern Warfare: Remastered, highlighting the improved visuals but retained feel of the 2007 classic FPS.
While Activision gets a bad reputation for taking things away from gamers, and usually saving them for DLC, few can deny that the publisher didn’t deliver with Modern Warfare Remastered. The fans were clamoring for a current-gen release of the Infinity Ward classic, and earlier this year Activision confirmed they were making just that.
Granted, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is a pack-in with this year’s new game, Infinite Warfare, but it’s still the remake gamers wanted…or at least they think they want. Luckily, our E3 2016 demo proves that Modern Warfare Remastered looks every bit the part of an updated FPS classic, running in high resolution while retaining all of the iconic Call of Duty flavor.
In typical Call of Duty E3 fashion, the Modern Warfare Remastered hands-off demo featured a truncated mission walkthrough, with several “In the interest of time” fast forwards throughout. In this case, Infinity Ward showed off Crew Expendable, the first mission in COD 4 and one of its most iconic. For those who may not remember, the game kicks off with quite the bang, as Soap, Price, and a squad of troops raids a freighter in choppy seas.
The demo itself looks exactly like what fans wanted- a better looking version of Modern Warfare that retains the original’s core elements. There are no major changes here outside of the visuals; even the scripted attacks and confrontations are identical to the 2007 game. At times it was hard not to be struck by the nostalgia of that first Modern Warfare playthrough, and how special the game was at the time. It’s campaign offered something that rivaled Hollywood blockbusters, with twists and set pieces that were true watershed moments.
But of course most will flock to Modern Warfare Remastered, even buy the surprisingly derided Infinite Warfare, just to get a crack at COD 4 multiplayer on new consoles. That’s where the game will see the most attention, but unfortunately Infinity Ward is only bringing 10 multiplayer maps over to current-gen. Should the multiplayer prove successful with a large player base, there is the possibility of more maps, but as of right now IW is keeping to 10.
For what was really just a brief tease, the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered footage was enough to prove that the remaster is more than just a PC port. The visuals stand up against today’s modern FPS releases, but more importantly the essential pieces of the game appear well preserved. The verdict is still out on the multiplayer, but as far as the single player campaign is preserved, Modern Warfare Remastered looks like a fan’s dream.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered releases November 4, 2016 exclusively with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.