The Call of Duty franchise isn't particularly known for the length of its campaign, as multiplayer and the special modes (like Treyarch's zombies) are often the primary focus of the game. Despite this, there is a serious demand for a story in any game, a fact that came to light over Black Ops 4's lack of campaign complaints that arose when the game launched. The next entry in the franchise, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, does have a somewhat controversial single-player campaign, and now we have some inkling as to its length.
In a recent interview with publication Game Informer, Infinity Ward's studio art director Joel Emslie was asked how the length of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare soft reboot compares with the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare game (around the 3:15 mark in the video below). Emslie answered by saying that he thinks they are "very similar in length," and while that doesn't nail down an exact length, it does give some serious insight.
The original and remastered versions of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare take anywhere from 7-9 hours to beat, meaning that the newest entry will likely be in the same ballpark. While this would be a subpar length for a solid action-adventure title or RPG, it fits the standard for most first-person shooters. That's not to say the whole Modern Warfare game will be short, however, as there will be sufficient multiplayer support and post-launch support of Spec Ops.
The fan-favorite co-op feature from MW2 and MW3 has been confirmed for the soft reboot, but it will be bigger than before. This time around, the Spec Ops mode will feature a narrative, which builds on the story found in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's campaign. Another major change, according to one reputable leaker, is Spec Ops will feature an open world, certain Battle Royale elements (like dropping into the map), and a choice between American or Russian operators.
Ultimately, we will have to wait and see if these leaks prove to be true, but since we are only a couple of months from launch, it would likely be sooner rather than later. Thanks to the Spec Ops mode having a narrative, it seems as if Call of Duty: Modern Warfare players can count on a story that isn't just limited to the single-player campaign, which will be a nice change of pace.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases October 25, 2019, for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.