Wednesday 11 July 2007
Activision has released an E3 trailer for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, due for release in the autumn on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. It's barely been a year since CoD3, but remember - developer Infinity Spark has been working on this fourth title since the 2005 release of CoD2.
The trailer opens in Pripyat, a Ukrainian city on the outskirts of Chernobyl. Tanks rumble through dusky fields of tall grass, tracksuited rebels sprint through village streets and whole cities get blasted by nuclear-strength explosions in what's turning out to be a surprisingly varied tour of the Middle East.
We don't expect Modern Warfare to pack in too much anti-terrorist gadgetry - it's always been about the punchy artillery and epic set-pieces - but you'll see plenty of chopper flybys, heavy-jungle camo, night-vision warfare lit up by ridiculous amounts of tracer fire and even an assault on a freighter in the middle of a rainstorm.
Also, Modern Warfare is soon to be modem warfare, but only for certain soldiers. A CoD4 multiplayer beta test is due, exact date unconfirmed, exclusively for Xbox 360 owners. We're thinking that Call of Duty 5 may very well centre on the conflict and fallout over this little doozy.