For Call of Duty fans familiar with the Special Ops mode from Modern Warfare’s past, Activision has confirmed that the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will receive a brand-new, reimagined Special Ops mode of its own.
Confirmed to launch on October 25–the same day the Modern Warfare reboot lands on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One–Special Ops features cooperative missions for up to four players that pick up where Modern Warfare’s story ends. In this mode, you’re tasked with “sever[ing] a global terror organization’s access to weapons, funds, intelligence, and hardware,” according to an Activision blog post. Activision also shared a reveal trailer, which you can watch above.
This iteration of Special Ops has been expanded into “a collection of interconnected Operations against a new and encroaching threat” that will see you advance Modern Warfare’s overarching story by executing multi-phased objectives. Special Ops will include two confirmed modes of play: Missions and Operations.
Missions can be played in single- or multiplayer and are “more curated experiences” that will test your skills with specific weapons, killstreaks, and other tools. Completing missions will net you either a one-, two-, or three-star rating, which will yield varying rewards. There is also an “Infinity Ward time” posted for you to compete against.
Operations serve as the meat of Special Ops, where the “largest and most involved multi-stage experiences” take place. With four multi-stage Operations shipping at launch, each one concludes with the removal or destruction of a key aspect of the Al-Qatala army. Activision says the enemy will react to your decision in real-time.
New Missions and Operations will debut simultaneously across all platforms and will release “throughout the post-launch seasons.” You can check out some Special Ops screens below.
There is plenty of cross-progression between online multiplayer and Special Ops, with your Operative and killstreaks carrying over between both modes. This includes your customized primary and secondary weapons, as well as any other unlockable items and equipment you may have attached the last time you played.
There is also Special Ops Survival, which is exclusive to PS4 until October 2020 and puts you and up to three other players against waves of “increasingly difficult and determined combatants in a variety of experiences.” This mode is unrelated to Special Ops Missions and Operations and serves as an additional, wave-based experience for PS4 players.
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