Plans for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare cross-play will borrow heavily from the system used by Epic Games to ensure that Fortnite’s cross-platform matchmaking runs smoothly. According to a report from Forbes, the next game in the classic FPS series will use ‘input matchmaking’ to ensure console players aren’t dominated by those playing on PC.
Input matchmaking involves matching players who are using similar input devices up with one another. If you’re using a gamepad on PC, it’s possible that you’ll be matched with players on console who are using their own system controllers. If you opt for mouse and keyboard, however, you’ll only be matched with players using that same input.
The only exception to this is if you’re in premade groups with friends, and different people are using different inputs. If, for example, you’re playing on PC but your friends are using a PS4 controller, it’s far more likely that you’ll be matched against other PC players, to prevent you from getting a leg-up on the competition.
Interestingly, Forbes’ report also confirms that Modern Warfare’s cross-play will spread across PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Previously, getting Sony to agree to cross-play with Microsoft’s console has proved a struggle – with Fortnite as a notable exception. Previously, Activision had mentioned cross-play “plans,” but it wasn’t initially clear whether those would feature matchmaking with PS4.
Cross-play is only one of several major changes heading to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. There’s also a brand-new engine, no season pass, and the ability to shoot through walls. Plenty to look forward to when the game hits our screens in October, then.