Activision's annual series, Call of Duty, is back again in 2019, though Infinity Ward is dedicated to making removing a lot of elements that the franchise has traditionally employed and putting players first. Even though Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a reimaging of the iconic 2007 first person shooter, the 2019 version features a new campaign story line, a brand new visual engine, and removes things like timed DLC maps as well as a premium season pass. Later this week, beta testers are going to get thier first taste of the newly implemented crossplay functionality, letting fans play together across the PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Here's how it works.
Before players can do anything, they'll first need to either log into or create a new COD Account, essentially an Activision specific account system similar to other companies like EA, Take Two, Microsoft, and others. This account also allows players to create their friends lists and parties from all three supported platforms, making it easier to organize with friends without having to jump on a specific platform. With an active account, players can dive into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and enable or disable crossplay from the settings menu.
The system has been designed to balance play between keyboard and mouse users as well as controllers, so no one playing should feel like they're at a disadvantage. Crossplay also has a side benefit of speeding up lobby wait times as well. With crossplay active, players can also specify which control device they'd like to use, so console players can use keyboard and mouse, while PC users can opt for a controller instead. Filters are available on lobbies, letting hosts determine things like control schemes.
Players who want a taste of this functionality can give it a try starting on Thursday when an open beta for the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer kicks off. The second weekend event will run until the morning of Monday, September 23 and players who make it to level 10 can get their hands on a special version of the .725 Hammer Shotgun.
In addition to crossplay, the removal of community splitting paid DLC maps, and season passes, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is also doing away with its former standardized practice of timed exclusivity for post-launch maps. While Activision stressed that they're still partnered with Sony, all DLC maps and modes are going to release for all platforms simultaneously. However, PS4 players are still getting what Activision calls a Day 1 Advantage, though no details on what exactly that means have been revealed as of yet.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launches on October 25 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: Activision Blog