Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is going back to a grittier, more grounded style, and that means dropping the Zombies mode that’s come to be featured in basically every COD subseries for the past few years. Modern Warfare co-op sounds a lot like the old Spec Ops mode, and Infinity Ward has confirmed it has truly replaced Zombies.
“We’re trying to create an authentic, realistic feeling world,” campaign director Jacob Minkoff tells PlayStation LifeStyle. “We don’t have the flexibility to do something like put zombies in the game. That would compromise the feeling of playing in a world that feels realistic and authentic and relative to today’s conflicts and things we face.”
Gameplay, progression, and story will all continue through from the single-player campaign to the co-op mode. Now, Minkoff isn’t specific about what that actually means – he says real details on co-op will come later – but it certainly sounds like you shouldn’t expect anything as wildly different as Zombies has been in the past.
“Knowing that we needed to keep it more similar across the different modes, we decided to really lean into that, and make it completely continuous,” Minkoff says.
Zombies has been most closely associated with Treyarch’s games, and was a big part of Black Ops 4. Infinity Ward did offer its own take on Zombies in Infinite Warfare, but the mode’s never been associated with Modern Warfare, which featured a more grounded co-op mode in its second and third installments.
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More details on Modern Warfare have been sneaking in since the reveal including info on operators and a new Captain Price voice actor. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare release date is set for October 25, and there’s a lot more to be revealed before that day hits.