It is all but confirmed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 will be this year's entry in the Call of Duty franchise. Infinity Ward, the developer behind the Modern Warfare games, has teased the game multiple times, and it seems as if all that's left is an official announcement.
In the run-up to an official announcement for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4, there has been a lot of speculation and at least one previous leak about what the game may offer fans. One game mode that may be missing from the much-rumored shooter is the Blackout battle royale mode that made its debut in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Speaking to Gaming Intel, anonymous sources claim that Modern Warfare 4 will ditch Blackout battle royale and will offer a single-player campaign, multiplayer, and co-op game modes. This follows previous rumors that Modern Warfare 4 would feature a single-player campaign after Treyarch decided not to feature it in Black Ops 4.
The sources also say that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 won't feature Specialists characters. Specialists are characters that have special skills and abilities unique to them and they also have backstories attached to them.
However, Modern Warfare 4 will feature standard playable characters in its multiplayer. This suggests that there will only be weapons and no character abilities. Specialists do offer another tactical element to the series' multiplayer, but some may appreciate that Modern Warfare 4's multiplayer will be going back to its roots.
As with any unsubstantiated rumor, fans should take this information with a grain of salt. The sources are anonymous and the information stated in the report hasn't been confirmed by either Infinity Ward or (series publisher) Activision. It also conflicts with a previous leak which suggested that Modern Warfare 4's battle royale mode would feature a map covered in snow and Captain Price, Ghost, and Soap as playable characters.
However, a shift to more traditional Call of Duty gameplay could be a good business idea. The community hasn't responded entirely positively to the decision to ditch single-player and add Specialists. Blackout battle royale has been received better, but it hasn't generated attention on the same par of games like Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or Apex Legends.
This also wouldn't be the first time that the Call of Duty series reverted to a more traditional gameplay style and setting after an adventurous title proved controversial. Call of Duty: WW2 followed the divisive Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and it's possible that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 will be the same counter to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 has yet to be officially announced.
Source: Gaming INTEL