A Closer Look at Modern Warfare’s Co-op Special Ops Mode

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A Closer Look at Modern Warfare’s Co-op Special Ops Mode

Pick up where Campaign concludes and deploy alongside your squadmates to sever a global terror organization’s access to weapons, funds, intelligence, and hardware.

Special Ops marks the return of one of the series’ most-beloved game modes. In Modern Warfare, the cooperative-focused mode is reimagined as a collection of expansive, interconnected Operations against a new threat stemming from the Eastern Hemisphere.

In Special Ops, players will assemble into strike teams of four to execute multi-phased objectives, which together will advance the overarching story of Modern Warfare.

Here’s a quick tour of what Special Ops has to offer:


Special Ops includes different experiences that take place on a wide variety of maps. The largest and most involved multi-stage experiences are called Operations. These four-player, matchmaking-supported activities unfold around the city of Verdansk, and pit players with destroying the logistics of the Al-Qatala army.

There are plenty of ways to play. In some Operations a stealthy approach may be prudent, but hopping into a tank, helicopter, or ATV opens up tactical options. The choice will always be yours, but the enemy will respond to your tactics, meaning the outcome of any battle can change.

In Operations, you’ll be able to carry over all the Operators, Loadouts, and Progress made in Multiplayer.

Special Ops at launch will include four multi-stage Operations, with more scheduled to release post-launch.


Missions serve as a focused complement to the more complex Operations, and you can play solo or with up to four players. Missions will test your proficiency with specific weapons, killstreaks, and other tools, and are designed to be extremely replayable. In Missions you’re able to achieve a 1, 2, or 3-star ranking based on your performance.

Survival Mode

Unrelated to the Special Ops Operations and Missions is an additional wave-based horde mode known as Special Ops Survival. This is an exclusive,* additional cooperative mode for PS4 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare players that pits you and up to three of your friends against enemy forces in intense cooperative combat on one of three Multiplayer maps. In Special Ops Survival Mode, you will fight off waves of increasingly difficult and determined combatants in a variety of experiences.

Special Ops Survival Mode is exclusive to PS4 until Oct. 1, 2020.

Completing Special Ops content will unlock rewards including new items and equipment that can be utilized in both Multiplayer and Special Ops Modes.

Assemble your squad and report in on October 25th. We’ll see you there, soldier.

*Play Special Ops Survival Mode First on PS4. Timed Exclusive content until Oct. 1, 2020.

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  • I’m a PS fan but I just can’t support this one-year exclusive BS.

    • The other popular video game hardware company does the same thing. Not a fan of it either, but I’m glad PlayStation owners are on the winning side of the coin this time.

    • You’re right I too don’t support this 1 year exclusive bs…should be exclusive forever.

    • All this BS! You cant play the special ops or survival mode locally in co op. They have to do better or I’m going to start banning these games.

  • *Play Special Ops Survival Mode First on PS4. Timed Exclusive content until Oct. 1, 2020.

    I’m still getting it because it only represents a small player base. And I support the one-year exclusive BS :)

  • The year exclusivity is a move I hope bites Activision very hard that they learn to never do it again and possibly cancel it.
    The email they sent out today talks about the mode and says “Available on all platforms on October 25, one of the series’ most beloved game modes is back” then explains special ops. they never in the email (even in the fine print) mention playstation or exclusive content.

    so misleading email – after a couple links are clicked it mentions spec ops survival mode is timed exclusive the rest of the spec ops isn’t. you can tell they are trying to hide it from the majority of buyers unless they read articles.

    • Lol you wish. Game will still sell in the millions. People crying over survivor mode is in the minority.

    • You talk as if the game would sell more outside of PS…sure xbots kids are the majority when it comes to CoD playerbase but no not happening,game will sell more on PS probably.

  • Always COD #1 Except black ops4

  • Couldn’t believe when I read that special ops was back…best thing ever on CoD and it was the fall of CoD when it was removed.Infinity Ward is really coming with everything they have with this CoD but I must say I didn’t like what I’ve read here.All it talks about is co-op and co-op…it still can be played solo right?…I hope co-op is optional with 1 or 2 missions where co-op is mandatory and I hope local offline co-op is still a thing.Had tons of fun playing spec ops with ma brother back in the day.

  • Glad to see that Spec ops has returned. Wonder if we will be able to do split screen couch coop on the missions like you used to? Remember walking through the snow covered woods with my sniper rifle, eyeing two guys talking and smoking a cigarette and my buddy and I taking them both out with a sniper shot to the head all while sitting next to each other in my living room. First time in awhile I’m pretty excited for a COD game. Enjoyed the beta for the little time I was able to play.

  • im paused #=longnights

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