The latest Modern Warfare game update is available now on all platforms simultaneously, offering another slew of free content! This update contains a variety of new content, including game modes, Featured Playlists, and three new Special Ops experiences you can play with friends via crossplay and cross progression.

As with the previous free community content drop, this is a precursor to major in-game events that are set to deliver a larger selection of free content to all players. As usual, in addition to the new content available today, developer Infinity Ward is releasing a number of quality of life, tuning, and play balancing updates.

Here’s the lowdown on what’s available now:

Additional Mode and Playlist Content

Enjoy following additions to the game mode and playlist rotation: Realism (with objective modes) and Gun Game.


Realism (with Objective Modes)

“Minimal HUD with standard health and increased headshot damage.”

Realism is coming to additional objective-based game modes; not just Team Deathmatch! Play Domination, Headquarters, Kill Confirmed, and Hardpoint like you did before, but with one important difference; you’re in Realism Mode! This removes the HUD (heads-up display), tweaks the health and headshot damage, and is available across all day and night map variants.


Gun Game

“Be the first player to score a kill with each one of the provided weapons.”

On November 21, Infinity Ward debuts the fan-favorite Free-For-All mode, Gun Game. It requires skill and the use of all types of firearms: Each player starts a match with the same handgun. Every time a player defeats an enemy with the weapon, they receive a new weapon. As combat continues, and you showcase your skill by defeating more foes, expect the weaponry to become more challenging to utilize! If you’re taken out by a melee attack at any time during the match, you are “demoted” to the previous weapon and lose a point. If you suicide, you’re also demoted to your previous weapon. The final weapon you’re given is a Combat Knife (primary) and Throwing Knife (lethal), and the match ends when you take down a foe with the Throwing Knife, or execute a Finishing Move.

New Special Ops Content

Expect three new Special Ops outings dropping today (November 21), all involving a challenging scenario to complete. Prepare for Operation Harbinger, Operation Brimstone, and Classic Special Ops: Door Kick!


Operation Harbinger

“Gather intel on the whereabouts of local informant MAGE and verify his reports of a ‘major shipment’ leaving Verdansk.”

Downtown Verdansk is the setting for this lengthy sortie involving your Armistice Taskforce, who are dropping into the mean streets of this ruined cityscape and given a variety of increasingly-difficult tasks to perform. With Al-Qatala present in great numbers throughout the engagement, after infil you’re to collect a number of clues from various Smuggler Caches, allowing you to triangulate the location of a local informant, and verify his intel. After rescuing the informant, you are to exfil with all haste; which is easier said than done!

Operation Brimstone

El Traficante’s train has left the quarry carrying explosives. In this new operation on what should be familiar soil for Ground War players, you must fight your way to the railyard, recall the train, and rig it for detonation.


Classic Special Ops: Door Kick

“Infil. Retrieve enemy intel. Move to extraction point.”

Set at Aniyah Palace, located about two klicks outside of El Nadaar, Urzikstan, Al Qatala has set up a new base of operations at this bombed-out and abandoned royal residence; the Al-Raab compound. Your mission is as dangerous as it is straightforward; you must infil, retrieve enemy intel, and move to a location for extraction. As part of Armistice Team 4, expect to receive close air support as requested. This is a fast-paced mission, testing your skills in sweeping multiple rooms for hostile forces and uncovering vital intel along the way.

The Classic Special Ops update also includes a three-star rating system and Multiplayer unlocks which will apply to both Door Kick and the previously released experiences, Safeguard.

  • 3-star rating system (based on time completed).
  • XP & MP unlocks based on your star rating after finishing a game.

Another Taste of Combat to Come

We hope you enjoy this additional prelude to the first Season of Modern Warfare content coming free to all players on all platforms.

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