Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Update

Details continue to trickle out as Infinity Ward's explosive shooter enters its final month before release.

Big first-person shooters like BioShock and Halo 3 may already be gracing retail shelves, but there's plenty more shooter action coming before the end of 2007. Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is at the top of the list, and luckily you'll be able to play it on any next-gen platform--Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PC--when it rolls out for duty in early November. Activision recently hosted an event with all three of those versions available for play, and although there wasn't a lot of new content on offer, we did manage to glean a few new details on the multiplayer, the forthcoming PC demo, and more.

Activision had all the content from the Xbox 360 multiplayer beta on offer, including the three maps that tens of thousands of gamers got very well acquainted with last month. It was also showing off a new map called Ambush, set in a Middle Eastern town with a number of bombed-out one- and two-story buildings, and a lot of rubble-strewn, uneven roadways in between. (Basically, think the Crash map without the downed helicopter in the middle.) More interestingly, IW studio head Grant Collier was on hand to talk about the game, and we pressed for new details on the expanded multiplayer ranking system that fans got a taste of in the beta. Collier wouldn't spill all the beans, but he confirmed the level cap will go up to 65 in the final game, and you'll unlock new abilities and weapon challenges as you move toward that last level. Mysteriously, Collier said that hitting 65 will open up a new "prestige mode" that will have its own level progression and other benefits--but he wouldn't say any more than that, so we'll likely have to wait till someone actually unlocks the prestige mode in the final game to find out what it's all about.

In light of Halo 3's release, we were also curious to know what kind of extended stat-tracking and player history COD4 will offer. The short answer is, the extent of available stats that players will be able to access is yet to be determined. But we got word from an Infinity Ward community lead that at least beneath the hood, the game is already keeping an eye on all those juicy numbers. It goes beyond simply looking at your favorite map or weapon; it will also keep track of much more specific data, such as the locations in a given map where you've scored specific kills. We'll find out closer to release how much of this data will be out there for competitive clans to sift through, but it's good to know that the data is at least being tracked, if there's a demand for it.

Diehard PC owners who were smarting at the Xbox exclusivity of the recent multiplayer beta will be glad to know that Infinity Ward will have a treat for them in the form of a playable single-player demo scheduled to hit the Web this Thursday. The demo will offer one level called The Bog, an explosive level which we've played extensively on the 360. This mission has you fighting through a Middle Eastern town beset with insurgents, as you try to free a trapped tank from a bog that it's become mired in. Since Call of Duty started out as a PC franchise, this demo is a nice little nod to the fan base that supported the series in the first place. (Collier says all three platforms will get their own unique features--so in light of the beta and demo, we'll see if anything materializes on the PlayStation 3.)

The action is just as fast and furious on the PC.

Lastly, Activision has officially announced that composer Harry Gregson-Williams will be providing the score for the game. This is something we found out a few weeks ago and were disappointed we couldn't reveal at that time, because Gregson-Williams' style is perfectly suited to the atmosphere of the game, from what we've heard so far. Anyone who's played the more recent Metal Gear Solid games will know that Gregson-Williams has the whole ominous techno-thriller thing down cold, and indeed his signature style was evident in the piece of music that played over the beta's title screen. We're looking forward to hearing his aural accompaniment to the globe-spanning single-player storyline in the final game.

There's not much more to say about Call of Duty 4 at this point, other than we want the darn thing to come out already. The single-player and multiplayer components each look like the most ambitious yet in this already acclaimed series--and when you put them together in one package, that's a whole lot of game. Keep your eyes here later this week for the PC single-player demo so you can get a taste of that campaign for yourself.

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Chattermouth
Chattermouth

Hope I can turn off the music. If realism is the deal, american movie soundtrack is not the way to go.

baba_boom
baba_boom

ahhh im soo exited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 more days!

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

It sounds like the Middle East is the new FPS center! Goodbye WWII genre, and hello Modern! It's too bad we skipped Vietnam. Of the few Vietnam Era FPSes out there, I've been really dissapointed in demo-ing them. I hope someone comes out with something worth playing. Until then.

Pixiecrap
Pixiecrap

love the deo, but im gonna wait untill i can upgrade my pc before i get it

nhatnheo
nhatnheo

playing COD demo is really awsome

sotired
sotired

The whole COD series has passed me by... Always been more into Quake, Doom, et. al. But now that I've finally noticed what I missed over the past 4 years, I want them all. I'm hoping I can get COD, COD:UF, COD2, and COD4 in a package. Doubt it though.

Franzkill
Franzkill

Yeah I know I'm late guys but I'm actually downloading the demo now. Heard lots of good things from my mates who had a go at the multiplayer beta on 360 so I'm kinda getting my hopes up! BTW can anyone PLEASE inform me via PM whether the PC demo is compatible with the 360 controller for Windows or not? Thanks!

menthols
menthols

out of all demo i've played, this is the best so far..way too far..

43n1m4
43n1m4

Normally, I'm not into the realistic modern warfare shooters (thought GRAW was boring). But the COD4 demo is so intense, so intuitive (controls) and graphically impressive, that I was immersed 1 min. into the game. This looks like a worthy addition to the COD series, to say the least.

RetreatHell
RetreatHell

As an Iraq vet who saw lots of combat there in 2003, I'm more excited about this game than I've been over ANY game...ever! Especially since I was in the Marine Corps and I'll get to play as a Marine grunt, which is what I was. The action in the game looks shockingly real and intense. And I'm thinking I'll probably be playing this game almost every day until Call of Duty 5 comes out!!!

c4bloy
c4bloy

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Maverick806
Maverick806

LOL if they let us shoot 360 gamers, they'd all sulk and run back to halo3.....

spchernandez
spchernandez

Anyone knows if we will be able to play w 360 users?

steal2007
steal2007

Yes Nighthingy, I imagine it will. Download the demo, you should be able to get a general idea of your computer's performance from that.

Nighthingy
Nighthingy

Will a Ge8600gts 512Mb + 2.6ghz duo + 2gbRam play at Full settings?

CilentWidow
CilentWidow

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xmg0
xmg0

pc demo rocks hope to see more

aussieboy911
aussieboy911

im sure this will be a good game but you should compare it to crysis because it is the same genre so it isnt laughable to think that one will be better than the other. what would be laughable is if you compared COD:4 to fifa or pes or madden or some other sports game. immunity you may be sick of comparisons but some of us are genuinely excited about the game- a lot is riding on whether we should upgrade or not so if COD:4 turns out to be better then it might be better to wait... and on that other argument: pc games are better for most shooters but consoles definately have the multiplayer thing sorted out- you cant play pc multiplayer without using the internet or lan but with a 360 or ps3 you can just use two controllers! and controllers are usually better for gaming anyway- good thing 360 controller will work with new pc games!

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htr-kev-2006

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badgerpower1
badgerpower1

Call of Duty 4 is going to be better than Halo 3..just trust me on that one. 1. Call of Duty 4 is multi platformed...so obviously, it will sell more.. 2. Call of Duty 4 is better. Enough said.

_iMMuNiTy_
_iMMuNiTy_

To linkyshinks: I have nothing against Crysis, but people need to f-ing stop comparing it to every damn game. Comparing Crysis with Call of Duty 4 is almost as laughable as comparing it with Unreal Tournament 3. I was highly sceptical about Call of Duty 4, because Call of Duty 2 started out awesome and eventually became a tedious bore. While the demo doesn't guarantee that the entire game is going to be as awesome as the first few levels, I played it through three times on different difficulty settings. Looking forward to this game.

bogan79
bogan79

Theres something quite dodgy about this game..play as US soldiers killing insurgents? Not for me thanks. Is this game going to support bombing raids when you get to do 'collateral damage'?

blackhammer77
blackhammer77

"There's not much more to say about Call of Duty 4 at this point, other than we want the darn thing to come out already" - my thoughts exactly

Leo7272
Leo7272

dude, absolutly sweet demo, reminds me of the good 'ol days playing Battlefield 2 and Call of Duty .... whew, totally awesome!

jwnetminder
jwnetminder

how can you say there are more pc gamers than console? cant those 8 million wow players also play console games?? anyway, this game is going to be amazing, and it might be the only game i ever pre order

angelicwingz101
angelicwingz101

I dont care what anyone says but this game is one of the best and of course i'm getting it.Its also better then halo3,but then again whats not better then halo,lol.I wont be surprised to hear if people r playing cod4 more then halo3.

trickmyster13
trickmyster13

harry gregson has sweet techno music, he was the one with all the music in spy game i play that soundtrack all the time when I game.

Mario21488
Mario21488

This is one game I am going to buy.

linkyshinks
linkyshinks

This is no doubt a good game but it does not do anything radically new but what it does do it does very well and in a very polished way. A great game, download the demo on Filefront rather than here which F ed up last night. I do think Crysis will be far better because of genuine advancements in gameplay, but that is no slain against this game.

SpeedMan72
SpeedMan72

pot-noodle is right pc gamers out# console gamers. cuz u have better gfx and stuff, i dont play wow cuz i dont get in 2 mmos but i do play css and bf2/2142, bf2 has like over 3000 servers runing all the time and css has like 800,000 servers!!!!! so anyways pc just works better i gess.

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

@pot-noodle the figs for wow don't work out even wow players will tell you that ( dull game anyway imo can only play for very very short bouts of time ) also i think devcos may earn more through putting games onto console than pc but proof in numbers is needed still ?

markkilness
markkilness

Power to the gamers!! this is going to be an awesome year and next year as well!

jazilla
jazilla

I can not remember a year that had as many good games released in it. My head might explode in 2008.

oldschoolplayer
oldschoolplayer

As an older gamer I dont think I have ever wanted to get my hands on a game like this in a very long time. I have been waiting for a modern war game for a long time. This is the first game I have reserved since Medal Gear for the PS1 so in my eyes that is how good this game can and will be

Salvaticus
Salvaticus

So many fantastic games this year... on any platform. A good year to be a gamer =)

chiquiza
chiquiza

I hope it won't be a 4 hours campaign in the hardest level...

pot-noodle
pot-noodle

"solid_sponge Re: grgolj_blaster Typical stupid ass comment from another PC fanboy! And the simple answer is, more console players than PC players, fact! Therefore more money for Activision / IW." LOL, typical comment from a PC fan boy? Show me somewhere that proves that More people play a console than a PC, last i heard there were 8 million subscribers to World of war craft alone, then factor on-top of that, the 25 thousand counter strike 1.6 servers that are still around with people playing on them, then add on top of that, all the counter strike source / Battle field 2 / 2142 servers about that are usually full still, then add all the........ Ahh never mind lad one day you will wake up and smell the fresh air.

princegee4
princegee4

hey heye its pc version its require hardware oh shut up if pc games needs something then afcourse pc games gives much much more enterenement mother of all time gaming is pc i have x360 nt ps3 right now WII but the pc i cant tell u why pc is better in gaming experience i still enoy games on pc on maximum level gamespot tell all console users buy some graphics cards then talk to us if they want to compete then gamespot always do this the result u always see pc is better is bttter is btter

solid_sponge
solid_sponge

Re: grgolj_blaster Typical stupid ass comment from another PC fanboy! And the simple answer is, more console players than PC players, fact! Therefore more money for Activision / IW.

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

@grgolj_blaster don't talk rubbish please . i have no problems with a 360 pad and fps i do with the playstation pad as i find it uncomfortable for my thumbs to be in the crammed position .

ljiljan95
ljiljan95

can not wait dose in it come in europ november 9

lordkingwar
lordkingwar

grgolj_blaster: so i guess your saying that halo sucks right

grgolj_blaster
grgolj_blaster

I'm so getting this one... to play on my friend's PC :) I just can't understand why Activion decided again to publish a shooter for consoles. Everyone knows you can't get play as good on consoles as you can on PC with keyboard and mouse (the only logical combination for fps)

omerdv
omerdv

This game will OWN!!!