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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Revealed, Arrives On Oct. 25

Ah, going dark! We get it!

After all of Call of Duty's social media channels essentially shut down earlier this week, we felt something might be afoot. Sure enough, Activision pulled back the curtain on the next game in the series today, dropping an almost two-minute-long trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

And yes, we got a release date, too: Oct. 25, 2019.

Modern Warfare appears to be a fresh take on the long-running sub-series of the same name, opting to drop the numbering system in favor of starting the Modern Warfare line over from scratch. You might recall that the first Modern Warfare was actually Call of Duty 4; this little shift in naming conventions won't make separating the games any easier, but perhaps Activision feels it's been long enough since we got something in the Modern Warfare universe.

Modern Warfare 3 released in 2011, after all. And there have been a lot of Call of Duty games since then.

The big news right out of the gate is that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will indeed have a single-player campaign, which Activision calls "visceral and dramatic." And that story will take place "throughout iconic European cities and volatile expanses of the Middle East." Multiplayer, unsurprisingly, will also feature prominently in Modern Warfare, and Activision also made mention of co-op "elite operations" that will allow players to team up with friends.

And here's another interesting bit of news: IGN is reporting that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will support cross-play between PC and consoles. While that sounds great (and is something fans have been asking for), it's still unclear what exactly this cross-play capability entails. Will PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players be able to play against one another? Or will PC players simply be mixed into the console player pools as needed? We'll need a bit more clarification on that front.

Another thing we don't have info on currently is the always-reliable Call of Duty Zombies mode. The existence of a Zombies mode has become as bread and butter to the Call of Duty franchise as multiplayer at this point, so its omission here is rather intriguing, to say the least. Perhaps we'll get a look at some kind of Zombies experience later on down the road. We'll certainly update you if we do.

Otherwise, we'll have to take a wait-and-see approach to this Modern Warfare reboot. It has all the trappings of the past titles, based on what little we've seen so far. But it's coming from a new-look Infinity Ward, and fans of the older Modern Warfare games are going to have some very high expectations.

If we get something that lives up to the Modern Warfare name, Call of Duty might just go back to hitting that sub-series up every few years. If we get another Ghosts, however; well, that might present some issues.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to release on Oct. 25. According to Gematsu, the game will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.