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Call of Duty Modern Warfare: Everything We Know About the Campaign

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A little over two months ago, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was officially announced by way of a brief teaser trailer. While this Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reveal trailer did feature an array of striking images, it was relatively light on specific details about the game. That said, quite a bit of information about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has come out since its announcement, with much of this information focusing on the Modern Warfare campaign.

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Indeed, after Call of Duty took a brief break from campaigns with 2018's Black Ops 4, a narrative, single-player experience is back in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and it promises to be one of the series' most striking stories to date. With an intense focus on realism, it is said that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare campaign will leave players questioning their morality, and here are all of the details that are currently known about it.

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12 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is Inspired by 'No Russian'

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With an eye on delivering a highly emotional experience through the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare campaign, it has been repeatedly stated that Infinity Ward has not shied away from controversial moments. In fact, it has been said that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare campaign is inspired by "No Russian," a controversial mission from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 that essentially gets players involved in a mass shooting.

This inspiration will seemingly permeate the entirety of the single-player experience, as it has recently been stated that the whole Call of Duty: Modern Warfare campaign will be on the level of "No Russian." This means that players can expect a myriad of provocative moments and missions in the Modern Warfare campaign, and the missions that have thus far been detailed are outlined in the forthcoming sections.

11 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Has An Extremely Violent Child Soldier Mission

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Just after the announcement of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, narrative director Taylor Kurosaki detailed a mission in the game that focuses around a child solider. In this Call of Duty: Modern Warfare child soldier mission, players will take control of Farah, a young girl that witnesses Russian soldiers executing civilians. Looking through the eyes of this child, players will dispatch enemies by stabbing and shooting them.

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This extremely violent child soldier mission in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was further detailed by YouTuber Drift0r, and the account makes reference to a playground covered in mustard gas, dead children, and more. Certainly, the inclusion of this mission in Modern Warfare demonstrates Infinity Ward's commitment to depicting emotionally challenging moments in the new game, and it is said that there will be many more of these types of moments.

10 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Has a Mission Set in a Townhouse

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Another of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's missions will take players to a townhouse, where they will need to take down terrorists while avoiding the civilians that are present in this location. Players will assume the role of Sergeant Kyle Garrick for this Call of Duty: Modern Warfare townhouse mission, making their way to the top of the structure where they will be confronted by one of the game's many difficult choices.

9 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is Bringing Back Fan Favorite Characters

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will function as a series reboot, which has given Infinity Ward license to bring back characters that may have met an end in other entries in the franchise. Case in point: both John "Soap" MacTavish and Captain Pierce will be in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

For the uninitiated, "Soap" is a popular Call of Duty protagonist that was killed in Modern Warfare 3. Captain Pierce, on the other hand, was a primary character in the original Modern Warfare trilogy.

8 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Will Have a Co-Op Mode

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At the beginning of June, it was revealed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have a co-op storyline, and campaign director Jacob Minkoff indicates that the single-player story will feed directly into it. Aside from this information, very little is known about the Modern Warfare co-op mode, but it seems as though fans can plan to team up with their friends for some cooperative action when the game's release date finally arrives.

7 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Violence Will Not Be Toned Down

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It has been well established that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is going to feature some gruesome imagery, and this has led to some conversation about whether the game's violence might be toned down prior to its release. Infinity Ward has commented on this several times, assuring fans that the campaign is being sharpened and polished, but Modern Warfare will not be censored before it launches.

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This point was made again recently, when the developer was asked if the Modern Warfare campaign was toned down to avoid an AO rating. Infinity Ward's response was a simple "Nope."

6 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Emphasizes Threat Identification

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It is indicated that a big part of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare campaign will be threat identification, where players will need to continually distinguish friend from foe. Notably, this sort of ongoing threat identification is not simply an exercise, as it will directly determine a player's success or failure in a mission.

That said, the specific ramifications of this determination are a currently a bit unclear. Previously it was indicated that Modern Warfare missions will not end if players kill civilians, with fans instead receiving a grade based on the amount of collateral damage that they cause. However, campaign director Jacob Minkoff has recently commented on this with the suggestion that if players kill too many civilians the game will "fail" them.

5 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Will Take 7-9 Hours to Beat

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While not explicitly stated, art director Joel Emslie recently commented on the length of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, saying that the campaign is "very similar in length" to the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. This means that fans can expect the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare campaign to last them in the realm of 7-9 hours.

4 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Features At Least Three Playable Characters

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So far, there has been mention of three playable characters in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The first is Farah, the young girl that is featured in the aforementioned child soldier mission. The second is Sergeant Kyle Garrick, who players will control during the townhouse mission that was detailed previously, and it said that fans will control him for roughly half of the game. The third is a somewhat mysterious character known as "Alex."

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In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Alex is a CIA operative that is stationed in Urzekstan, a nation that is located within the game's take on the Middle East. From Urzekstan, Alex assists local rebels, one of whom is the child soldier Farah.

3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Will Let Players Take Different Approaches

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While this is likely the expectation of many, it is worth noting that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will allow players to approach situations in different ways. For instance, a segment in the townhouse mission has been described as having lights that players can use their guns to interact with. That is, a player can choose to shoot out these lights for a more tactical advance or not.

2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is Linear

Even though players will have options when it comes to approaching individual situations, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will ultimately unfold linearly. Campaign director Jacob Minkoff have detailed the reason for this by saying that "branching and randomization diminish narrative quality," and the objective with Modern Warfare is to create the "highest quality cinematic experience."

1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Has an 'Awesome' Ending

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It is suggested that those that see their way to the end of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare single-player campaign are in for a treat, as art director Joel Emslie has said that "the end of the game is so f***ing awesome." While no further information is currently available about the ending of Modern Warfare, Emslie believes that the game "has such a great payoff." Only time will tell how Infinity Ward intends to build on to this payoff with the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare DLC.

With the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare release date still more than two months away, there is certainly time for more details on its campaign to emerge. However, until these details come, fans can busy themselves by pouring over the Modern Warfare campaign information consolidated here.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launches on October 25 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Source: Game Informer

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