News broke earlier today that the 2019 Call of Duty game will be called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and it will serve as a soft reboot of the franchise. Now, thanks to a report by Kotaku's Jason Schreier, we have some more information on the upcoming first-person shooter, which is set to be revealed within the next few weeks.
According to Schreier, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have "troubling, realistic emotional moments" that the series was known for in the past. Specifically, Schreier says that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's campaign is taking inspiration from the controversial "No Russian" mission that was in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
For the uninitiated, No Russian was such a controversial mission in Modern Warfare 2 that it was banned in some countries and the game gave fans the option to skip it entirely. The mission in question involves Russian terrorists and an undercover CIA agent gunning down civilians inside of a Moscow airport as part of a false flag operation. It essentially lets players participate in a mass shooting, and so it's no surprise that it was hugely controversial back when Modern Warfare 2 launched in 2009.
If Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in 2019 is taking inspiration from No Russian, it could be an indication that the new game will be full of similarly dark moments. Exactly how far Infinity Ward will push the envelope remains to be seen, especially since real world mass shootings seem to be more prevalent now than they were in 2009, but it sounds like fans are in for a particularly brutal campaign mode.
In fact, it's possible that No Russian itself will be recreated in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Past rumors about the game claimed that it would feature a remake of the Modern Warfare 2 campaign, so perhaps Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's narrative will retell the story of the original MW trilogy for modern audiences. That's just speculation at this time, but we should find out definitively sooner rather than later.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is in development for unspecified platforms.