Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be released later this year as developer Infinity Ward launches the sequel to 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
The release of a new Call of Duty game will not come as a surprise to fans. After all, the first-person shooter series has a fairly reliable annual release schedule, and 2022 won’t change that — 2023, on the other hand, could be a different story.
Publisher Activision Blizzard claims that the upcoming Modern Warfare sequel will be “the most advanced experience in the history of the franchise” and that the upcoming Warzone 2 is being built “from the ground up” alongside it. Early previews give us an idea of what to expect from the new Call of Duty.
Modern Warfare 2 will be released on October 28 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC via Battle.net and Steam.
Activision revealed the release date in a rather bizarre reveal video, which followed a container ship decorated with a mural of the series’ protagonist, Ghost. You can watch the tantalizing, if relatively inconsequential, teaser below.
The release of a new Call of Duty on PlayStation will be a relief for many following Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision – but it looks like the series will remain cross-platform for the foreseeable future (more on that below).
CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 TRAILERS
Summer Game Fest Reveal
During Summer Game Fest 2022, Activision provided the first public look at Modern Warfare 2’s campaign. This preview shows the cargo ship level and shows the player and several members of Task Force 141 on an infiltration mission. Not only did we get a clear look at Modern Warfare 2’s visuals, but they also showed off a firefight and moving level cover.
On June 8, Activision and Infinity Ward released a worldwide reveal trailer for Modern Warfare 2, showing Task Force 141 back in action and confirming that pre-ordering the game will give players early access to the open beta.
Activision released a short cinematic teaser on June 2 ahead of Modern Warfare 2’s official worldwide reveal on June 8 with the tagline “the best weapon is the team”.
CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 NEWS AND RUMORS
Beta Date Leaked?
Thanks to a listing on Amazon, we may have just learned when the upcoming beta test will launch for those who pre-ordered Modern Warfare 2. According to Comicbook (opens in a new tab), it will reportedly launch on August 15th, though at the moment we are waiting for official confirmation from Activision Blizzard.
No Zombies and No Multiplayer Destruction
Infinity Ward has confirmed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 won’t have a Zombies mode – which isn’t entirely surprising, considering it’s more of a Black Ops – and it won’t have the destruction elements of Call of Duty: Vanguard either. multiplayer.
Director of multiplayer design Geoffrey Smith told VentureBeat (opens in new tab), “No. We do not do destruction. We can’t afford it on a large scale on the map.”
However, that doesn’t mean players won’t still be able to have an impact on damage, with Smith further explaining that “it’s better to phrase it as damage. It shows the damage, it shows the wear and tear, it shows what happened without the construction pieces actually popping out.” However, he adds that “Single-player has some great destruction. We went crazy about it.”
Activision Blizzard revealed the 2022 logo for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in April 2022. On Twitter, the official Call of Duty account tweeted that “a new era of Call of Duty is coming”, with a short clip revealing the logo below. No other details accompany the reveal, but at least it hints that more information is on the way.
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) April 28, 2022
Development Is On The Right Track
Activision Blizzard confirmed (opens in new tab) that development is “progressing well” and stated that Call of Duty 2022 will be “the most advanced experience in the history of the franchise”.
“The development of this year’s premium and Warzone experiences, led by Infinity Ward, continues very well,” according to the company’s Q1 2022 financial results. “This year’s Call of Duty is the sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare, the most successful Call of Duty title to date, and it will be the most advanced experience in the franchise’s history. The new free-to-play Warzone experience, built alongside the premium game, features groundbreaking innovations that will be revealed later this year.”
Last Call of Duty Until 2024?
Activision is reportedly planning to put the Call of Duty franchise on hiatus in 2023, meaning Call of Duty 2022 could be the last in the series until 2024.
The decision to break the annual release cycle is due to last year’s Call of Duty: Vanguard failing to meet Activision’s expectations, according to Bloomberg (opens in a new tab). While Vanguard was the best-selling game of 2021 (opens in a new tab), its sales were still significantly lower (opens in a new tab) than the previous year’s Black Ops Cold War.
If these reports are accurate, 2023 will be the first year without a new Call of Duty in nearly two decades. Activision will apparently fill the gap with continued support for Call of Duty 2022 and its free-to-play spinoff Warzone.
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