'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' 32v32 Ground War Debuts This Weekend
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare doesn't properly launch until later next month (October 25), but Infinity Ward and Activision have been giving players a taste of the upcoming reboot early via a series of closed and open beta tests. Fans already spent the last weekend getting to grips with the new game and some of its multiplayer modes over the course of a handful of open and closed betas (and a cheeky alpha), but this weekend's upcoming test on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC might just be the most exciting yet.
Infinity Ward recently announced via its message of the day that this Saturday, September 21, Modern Warfare's hotly-anticipated 32v32 Ground War mode will be making its debut alongside a brand new, never before seen map called Karst River Quarry. We've yet to see Ground War in action for ourselves, but we do know that the mode is essentially a large-scale deathmatch set across one massive, sprawling map, and that Activision plans to extend the player count of the mode to over 100 players a match eventually.
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Naturally, those ambitious plans all start with the live tests this weekend, so you'll want to make sure you're a part of the action. With 64 players all gunning for each other on one map, Ground War will certainly offer an interesting contrast to Modern Warfare's small-scale 2v2 Gunfight mode that was a focus of the game's Alpha test. As if a 32v32 mode wasn't already chaotic enough, we also know that the map will feature a variety of vehicles - including helicopters - so get ready from some seriously intense and explosive fun this weekend.
This weekend's open beta also marks the first time that cross-platform play will be tested, as Xbox One and PC users who didn't get early access are finally able to join PS4 players on the battlefield. Speaking of the PC beta, some plucky players who got early access to the beta on PC managed to comb through Modern Warfare's files and found evidence that suggests the fan-favourite map Rust could be making a comeback.
In an image shared to Twitter by TheGamingRevo, which was later verified by Charlieintel, we can see what looks a lot like an updated version of the popular Modern Warfare 2 map in the upcoming reboot, along with multiple references to Rust in the game's code. This isn't confirmation that Rust is definitely going to be in the new game, of course, but it's an exciting possibility to consider while we patiently wait for Modern Warfare's October launch.
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