Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a reboot for the Modern Warfare series, which means that it has the opportunity to bring characters back from the dead. This will include John "Soap" MacTavish, one of the most popular Call of Duty protagonists, who was originally killed off in Modern Warfare 3.
Besides Soap, there is one other returning character that has been confirmed for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare so far, and that's Captain Price. Captain Price, who was one of the main characters in the original Modern Warfare trilogy, looks to once again have a central role in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot.
It seems likely that Price and Soap will be joined by other familiar faces from past Modern Warfare games. At the end of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reveal trailer, Price says that he is going to be joined by "old comrades," which seems to suggest that Infinity Ward is bringing back other popular characters from the series' past. It's also possible that the game will share antagonists with the original Modern Warfare series, but that has yet to be confirmed or denied at the time of this writing.
Bringing back fan-favorite characters like Soap, who were killed off in the original Modern Warfare trilogy, should appeal to fans of the franchise. The campaign in general looks to be aimed at fans of older Call of Duty games, thanks to its focus on an emotionally-charged story that won't shy away from controversial subjects, as evidenced by the child soldier mission.
The campaign isn't the only place where Infinity Ward is trying to please old-school Call of Duty fans. It's also attempting to do so through its online multiplayer mode, which will have cross-play support and no season pass. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayerDLC will still be timed-exclusive to PS4, but at least fans won't have to shell out an extra $50 for a season pass just to get the new maps.
So far, it seems as though fan reception to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been mostly positive. Whether or not Infinity Ward can deliver a game that lives up to the hype remains to be seen, but we should have a better idea come the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare E3 2019 showcase on June 11.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will launch on October 25 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.