As reported by GINX Esports TV recently, the next Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare, will have killstreaks instead of scorestreaks, changing a fundamental core game mechanic.
The Call of Duty Twitter account tweeted last night, July 29, some graphics announcing that killstreaks would be returning, as well as a first look at three streaks that will be in the game.
The first of these is Juggernaut – "call in a care package that contains the Juggernaut assault gear". Juggernaut was a high-value streak in both Modern Warfare 3 and Ghosts. In both these titles the juggernaut is dropped in and provides the player with huge body armour, a couple of weapons and grenades, and it seems that they'll be following suit in Modern Warfare.
The next was an infantry assault vehicle, a manned light infantry assault tank with a .50 cal machine gun on top. Sounds deadly, and sounds like it will be banned straight out of the competitive side of the game. Hopefully it won't be too overpowered, and I imagine it'll be pretty slow-moving to counter how powerful the weaponry is.
The third streak announced was called white phosphorus. In the description, it says that the user will "cover the battlefield with white smoke flare canisters that will disorient the enemy, and burn any that wander too close".
Neither of the latter two streaks are reincarnations of streaks from previous titles by the looks of it, so it's harder to hazard a guess at where they'll fit into the Call of Duty ecosystem. However, the white phosphorus streak definitely looks more similar to things we've seen in previous CoDs, such as the Stealth Bomber in Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3. The tank, though, is entirely new, but suggests that we might be seeing bigger, more open-plan maps coming to the Call of Duty franchise.
This move away from scorestreaks is a controversial one, with many older fans celebrating because it's reminiscent of the older Call of Duty games, but a lot also saying that it will once more stop players from playing the objective because they could instead chase meaningless kills and streaks.
Regardless, it's too early to truly understand what the game will be like and how the streaks will play out, but Activision will be doing a full multiplayer reveal on Thursday, August 1. This is expected to be different to the initial gameplay reveal that took place, showcasing the new 2v2 Gunfight mode.