During the publisher’s second quarter earnings call on Thursday, he also said the game will be supported with the largest post-launch content plan in the franchise’s history.
“Built on a new engine with a step change in visuals, audio and gameplay fidelity, Modern Warfare is breathtaking, there’s just no other word for it,” Johnson said.
“It includes a great campaign, set in the current day that we think stands apart from anything in the industry, and will appeal to both existing fans and new players… We think Modern Warfare delivers the industry’s ultimate multiplayer playground.”
While Infinity Ward has danced around the subject of a potential battle royale mode for Modern Warfare, Johnson said Activision has several surprises up its sleeve.
“Fans will get a first taste of the action in our multiplayer open beta in September. We have a number of surprises in store after that, including the largest post-launch content pipeline in franchise history.”
Set for release in October, Modern Warfare will feature a unified narrative experience and progression across the whole game including campaign, multiplayer and Spec-Ops co-op missions.
For the first time in the series PC and console players will be able to play together online via cross-platform play, while the game will ditch the franchise’s traditional season pass “in order to deliver a greater mix of more free maps, content and community events post-launch”.
During Activision’s earnings call on Thursday, president Robert Kostich also said fans should “stay tuned” for new remaster announcements following the publisher’s recent success modernising classic IPs like Crash Bandicoot.