Despite the immense popularity of the zombie game mode, campaign game-play director Jacob Minkoff announced that it will be left out of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
After the success of Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, many fans of the Call of Duty series felt betrayed when Activision first got rid of dedicated servers and forced users to buy a season pass. While the company was simply following a trend within the industry, many within the community felt that they were being forced to pay extra just to play a game they had already bought. With the announcement that season passes wouldn't be in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, many wondered what would be next for the series. In a somewhat shocking move, it appears that Activision's next change will be removing the zombie game mode.
This isn't the first time that the game mode has been left out of the series since its first appearance in Call of Duty: World At War, but it's still shocking given how much the community enjoys it. The decision to remove it once more seems to suggest that Infinity Ward is committed to changing the game-play and co-operative nature of the game in a way that invites a better competitive environment.
According to Game Spot, Minkoff stated that Infinity Ward's decision to remove the game mode stemmed from the fact that it wanted to ensure a realistic experience. He continued by saying that the inclusion of zombies would go against plans for the title and impact the developer's ability to create a truly realistic experience. It isn't clear yet what multiplayer game modes will be offered, but Infinity Ward insisted that it would remain committed to providing users with the same experience within single and multiplayer.
While it is likely that many within the community will be unhappy about this news, it's something that the company feels that it must do in order to get back on track. Given the struggles with series like Battlefield, it's clear from this news that Activision is concerned about user experience within the campaign and with the realistic nature of the game environment. Given the popularity of the game mode, there is always a possibility that it could be added at a much later date once the title has already established itself and fulfilled Infinity Ward's vision.
Though Infinity Ward believes that this change needed to happen, it will need to have another game mode that is good enough to replace the zombie mode. Part of the long-running success of the series is rooted in its ability to keep players interested during multiplayer and co-operative game modes, so if it can't do that with this newest title, its success may be short-lived.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be released on October 25, 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.