Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is due for release this Friday, 25 October 2019, for players on PC, PS4 and Xbox One around the world.
It’s an exciting time in the Call of Duty universe, with Modern Warfare offering a return to one of the most popular strands of the first-person shooter with a focus on tight gunplay, improved performance and a promise to provide all upcoming maps free of charge for all players.
The game also includes the revival of two of the most popular characters in the CoD franchise – Captain Price and John “Soap” McTavish – alongside other key characters from previous titles, although it’s unclear at this stage whether they’ll play an integral role in the single-player campaign or make an appearance as avatars in the online segment of the game.
As with previous titles in the Call of Duty series, the game is set to go live at 2am BST on 25 October for those of us in the UK and 6pm PST on 24 October for those in the US – but you don’t have to wait until then to download it. As confirmed by Activision, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is now available to pre-load ahead of release across PS4, Xbox One and PC via the relevant storefront.
That’s appreciated by us, especially with console download sizes capping out at around 61GB – and it’s even larger on PC. If you’re yet to pre-order your copy, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is available via the PlayStation Store (PS4), Microsoft Store (Xbox One) and Battle.net (PC), although it’s much cheaper if you buy a physical copy via the likes of Amazon.
This follows the news that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be the first in the franchise to ditch the traditional DLC season pass, providing all players – regardless of the edition of the game – with all upcoming maps and DLC completely free of charge.
There will be an optional Battle Pass, much like with Call of Duty Mobile and other multiplayer games, which will provide access to cosmetics to apply to your character and weapons. There won’t be any exclusive weapons, and all players – whether signed up to Battle Pass or not – will be able to earn skins through normal gameplay.
Take a look at our hands-on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare preview if you want to get a better idea of the core changes that this year’s title brings.