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Prior to Modern Warfare‘s release, we saw more leaks than ever before. While the nature in which these leaks were delivered was controversial, the hype generated by them cannot be argued. Fans were tremendously excited about Modern Warfare‘s content thanks to the insights obtained before the game’s launch. While the community quickly turned on much of the content, the leaks turned out to be true for the most part. However, one leak that hasn’t come true yet is a battle royale mode.
Modern Warfare battle royale dead in the water?
After the success of Blackout in Black Ops 4, it seemed like a smart move for Infinity Ward to release its own battle royale mode. The genre is still going strong after its blow-up in 2016, so it could be a wise investment for Call of Duty.
In the summer of 2019, it seemed like this was a real possibility. Known leaker TheGamingRevolution had multiple sources telling him this was the case. Also, we had an in-game leak last year where the entire battle royale map could be seen in Special Ops.
So, all the signs pointed to Modern Warfare releasing such a mode. The rumor was it would be free-to-play and launch in early 2020. Well, here we are almost in February, and there’s still no peep of a battle royale mode. This could be in part due to Infinity Ward’s delay on the project, according to TheGamingRevolution.
If this source is still to be believed, it seems like battle royale is dead in the water or could be dead on arrival. Modern Warfare does feature some of the most slow-moving gameplay, and a battle royale would most likely reflect that. With so many players annoyed at this kind of gameplay, it stands to reason this would translate to the new mode as well.
So, while we don’t have any sort of confirmation on either side, fans shouldn’t bank on a battle royale mode. That said, it could still turn up soon – so make sure to keep up with Daily Esports for more Modern Warfare coverage.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.