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'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare' Spec Ops Modes Explained

'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare' Spec Ops Modes Explained

The Ops and downs of Modern Warfare

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore

Activision has gone into more detail regarding what exactly we can expect from the Special Ops component of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot when it launches later this month besides, you know, a whole lot of shooting and explosions.

As was previously confirmed, Special Ops is formed of a series of four-player co-op modes in which you'll have to work together to complete various missions and objectives, but we now have a much better idea of what exactly these missions and objectives will be, and how they'll work.


Let's start with Operations, which Activision describes as a series of "multiple dynamic experiences that take place on a wide variety of maps." Matchmade teams of four will have to work together to complete a number of objectives within the map (such as gathering intel or tracking a target), which all lead to the "destruction of a key logistical aspect of the Al-Qatala army."

Activision explains that thanks to the inclusion of most kill-streaks and vehicles from the standard multiplayer, we'll be able to approach each objective in our own way in Operations, either using stealthier solutions or simply running in guns blazing. "The enemy reacts to your team's decisions, meaning the outcome of any battle can change," the publisher explained.

At launch, there'll be four multi-stage Operations available to play through, with more promised as post-launch content for all platforms at the same time.


Next up we have Missions, which serve as "a more curated experience where your proficiency with specific weapons, killstreaks, and other tools will be tested." According to Activision, Missions complement Operations by giving players more focused blasts of gameplay which reward specific playstyles and approaches.

Designed as "extremely replayable," you can go through missions alone or in squads of up to four in an effort to net a 1, 2, or 3-star ranking based on how well you do, and there are a number of completion times already set by Infinity Ward for those keen to chase the gold standard.


Finally, we have Survival mode, which as I'm sure you've already heard will remain exclusive to PlayStation 4 for one year. People were thrilled about that little development, weren't they?

Survival mode is a "wave-based horde mode" that throws teams of up to four players against "increasingly difficult and determined combatants in a variety of experiences" across one of three multiplayer maps.

Perhaps in a wise attempt to play down the mode's importance in the wake of some very angry Xbox One and PC gamers, Activision added that Survival is "unrelated to the Special Ops Operations and Missions."

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As Activision previously confirmed, all progress made in standard multiplayer, including loadouts and operators, will carry over to Special Ops. We also know that players will be able to choose their own specific roles in Special Ops games, including Assault, Recon, Engineer, Demolition, Medic, and Heavy - I'm assuming these are all self-explanatory.

All of this content will be available on October 25 when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launches. Unless you don't own a PS4, in which case all of this content minus Survival mode will be available at launch. Whoopsie.

Featured Image Credit: Activision

Topics: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty, Activision