Infinity Ward has unveiled a first gameplay look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II during Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest 2022.
In this gameplay footage you see above, players take control of John “Soap” MacTavish, a well-known protagonist from the original Modern Warfare series in the late 2000s. The mission, called “Dark Water,” reminds us of that one time Task Force 141 tried to break Captain Price out of prison in Russia, so it seems that Infinity Ward is certainly taking some cues from their earlier work.
Modern Warfare II will see the return of Price, Soap, Ghost Riley, and Gaz Karrick in an all-new campaign centered around Victor Zakhaev. Speaking recently with GamesRadar, the game’s creative director Patrick Kelly billed this new project as a lighter take on the Modern Warfare story, assuring fans that many of its predecessor’s controversial elements, like the use of white phosphorus, aren’t making it into the sequel.
“When I look back at what we did with [Modern Warfare], and I’m very proud of what we did in 2019, but there was a lot of stuff that was, at times, more provocative or uncomfortable. We’re trying to focus a bit more on entertainment and having fun in this one,”
The game is being developed from the ground up using Infinity Ward’s new engine, which they now share with other Call of Duty developers like Sledgehammer Games and Treyarch to make a seamless experience across all future installments.
Modern Warfare II is coming out on Oct. 28 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.