Activision has announced that “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” is set to release on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms. This news comes as the current console generation is almost three years into its lifecycle, stirring debates on when game developers might pivot exclusively to newer platforms.
Several game developers have taken a cautious approach to older consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Notably, “Hogwarts Legacy” and “Star Wars Jedi: Survivor” chose to assess the viability of older platform support only after the games made their debut on the latest generation consoles and PC. This conservative move might be attributed to the substantial user base still active on older consoles, a fact difficult for developers to overlook. The scarcity of current-gen hardware until recently further emphasized this point.
Many fans and experts had theorized about Call of Duty’s trajectory, especially considering its extensive history with console support. Recent revelations confirmed by sources and shared by IGN have cemented the continuation of the beloved franchise on the Xbox One and PS4 platforms. Additionally, the game’s listing on the Xbox page for both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, along with a promotional video on PlayStation’s official channel, has confirmed its imminent PS4 release.
However, with past experiences like the problematic PS3 and Xbox 360 ports of “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3,” fans are understandably cautious. That release was plagued with issues, from missing game modes to unsatisfactory graphics. While it is hoped that “Modern Warfare 3” won’t repeat such shortcomings, it’s anticipated that the game’s performance might be in line with its predecessor, “Modern Warfare 2.”
Interestingly, a recent snafu left fans concerned when “Call of Duty” was conspicuously absent from an Xbox One official listing, a mistake quickly rectified. Another point of discussion is the surprisingly low price point at which “Modern Warfare 3” has been listed, though it remains to be seen if this was an unintentional error or a strategic decision.
Only time will determine how “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” fares on older consoles, but for now, fans can rejoice in the fact that the franchise remains committed to a wide range of platforms.