Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will include cross-play support

A first for the Call of Duty series, Modern Warfare players on PC and console will be able to play against one another online.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare so far appears to focus on a lot of "back to basics" principles for the franchise. The narrative itself looks to be a soft reboot of the Modern Warfare series, taking the series into a new beginning and into more contemporary times. However, the series is also moving forward in a lot of ways and the biggest way in which it looks to do so is through cross-play support. Activision and Infinity Ward revealed on Thursday that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will feature full cross-play support between PC and consoles.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

"With the launch of Modern Warfare, the team is taking steps to unite the community," reads the official Activision statement. "First, the team plans for Modern Warfare to be played together across PC and console through cross-play support."

The announcement itself reads somewhat vague. While it clearly states that PC players will be able to jump into multiplayer games with console owners, it doesn't fully clarify whether console owners will be able to jump into games with different console owners. Yes, PC users can play with PS4 and Xbox One owners. But can PS4 owners play with Xbox One owners? That answer remains to be seen for now.

However, any cross-play at all is a major step forward for one of the biggest gaming franchises in the world. This is a first for the Call of Duty series and will look to unite a handful of player bases. To this point, no details have been given about Modern Warfare's multiplayer element. Everything revealed on Thursday pertained to the game's single-player campaign, itself a returning feature for the series. Expect to learn more about multiplayer at a later date.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to release on October 25 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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