As Activision Blizzard receives immense backlash surrounding the Blitzchung incident, their attempts to simultaneously quell Chinese disrepute and worldwide interest to protect the forthcoming approval of Call of Duty: Mobile's release in China has only plunged them deeper into criticism.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, on the other hand, has seemingly remained untouched, with the recent Spec Ops reveal enlightening many longstanding fans on the intricacies of this one-of-a-kind FPS co-op experience. Showcased in full on an Activision blog post, the revised Special Operations will feature specific subsets within the mode, specifically Missions, Operations, and Survival. This time around, Infinity Ward isn't leaving any stone left unturned. From more realistic sound design to enhanced level design, Modern Warfare has evolved dramatically since last fans had experienced it.
And this new Special Operations appears the most beautiful rendition of the mode to boot.
Spec ops has ALWAYS been the best part of cod. So happy it's back 😍🙌🏽🤤 https://t.co/xORNtOsaxF— [TPwn] Marley Barbie (@MarleyBarbie__) October 8, 2019
Survival mode is the easiest to understand, while also being one of the most heartbreaking additions to the game. Very little has changed, other than newly-added components, like vehicles, crossplay capabilities, and connected multiplayer progression. Like in similar iterations, such as Gears of Wars' Horde mode, up to 4 players will be challenged through unending waves of enemy combatants, striving for survival at all costs.
Despite the fact that Spec Ops Survival will be a PlayStation 4 timed exclusive, and many considering this will potentially kill the game (seeing that some fans have canceled their preorders), there still seems to be an extremely high level of anticipation for the title. Offering other modes separate from Survival, Modern Warfare's Spec Ops will give both Xbox and PC players some much-needed playability without one of the mode's most classic concepts. There's still plenty of explosive action and tactical shootouts to expect within the likes of Missions and Operations.
Featuring 4-player matchmade experiences, Operations is a bit more complicated than Missions in that it deals with dynamic and tactical gameplay, wherein enemies don't just sit around and wait for players to dome shot them as they rush through the map. This time, enemy AI will actually work in order to stop players from finishing their intended tasks, which can be anything from capturing an individual to defusing a bomb. As the Activision blog itself reads:
"Whatever you may choose, the situation is always fluid, as enemy forces will react to your choices in an attempt to foil your plans. They may deploy more soldiers via helicopters or even bring in a Juggernaut or two to wipe out your Armistice fireteam."
Missions, on the other hand, will be far more linear and streamlined, giving players better handling on weapons and vehicles. As the Activision post relates, "Missions are a more curated experience where your proficiency with specific weapons, killstreaks, and other tools will be tested." With Operations and Missions feeling a bit too similar, it will be interesting to see how Activision ensures their differentiation in-game.
With Modern Warfare Seasons already well-planned out, it's time to get reacquainted with Call of Duty once more. While Spec Ops may be a huge draw to the longstanding Modern Warfare crowd, the actual Multiplayer seems to be getting the most adulation with its revamped Ground War. Every year a new Call of Duty hits shelves, and though almost every single one of them have been similar in some capacity, it seems like Infinity Ward intends on straying away from the stigma entirely by reimagining Modern Warfare to the best of their abilities.
Better find three extra buddies fast, because Spec Ops (in addition to Modern Warfare itself) ropes into stores October 25.