There’s a ton of anticipation for Modern Warfare 2, and here’s everything that we know about Call of Duty 2022 so far, including the release date, the leaked DMZ mode, and the game’s new features.
Call of Duty is heading back to the present day, with the developers officially confirming Modern Warfare 2 to be the 2022 entry in their popular annual gaming franchise, revealing the official logo at the end of April.
Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
- Modern Warfare 2 release date
- How to pre-order Modern Warfare 2
- Is Modern Warfare 2 a remake?
- Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer beta
- Modern Warfare 2 campaign details
- Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer details
- Warzone 2 integration
- Modern Warfare 2 leaks
- Which studios worked on Modern Warfare 2?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 release date
Call of Duty have announced that Modern Warfare 2 will be released on October 28, 2022.
The devs announced the release date through a video showing off Modern Warfare 2’s key art and characters. Modern Warfare 2 then received its official worldwide reveal on June 8 which gave players a taste of what the game will bring.
In addition, the Modern Warfare 2 campaign reveal occurred during the Summer Game Fest on June 9. We’ll get our first glimpse of the multiplayer gameplay at the Call of Duty Next event on September 15.
How to pre-order Modern Warfare 2
Pre-orders for Modern Warfare 2 were available as of June 8 and to secure your copy you can visit the Call of Duty store. Once on the webpage, select your platform and complete the transaction for the edition of your choice.
Activision are no longer offering multiple versions of the game. This year players can choose between two editions. The standard edition will cost $70 USD, while the Vault edition will cost $99 USD. This means there is no longer a $60 edition as the cheapest Modern Warfare 2 version. You can take a look at what’s included in both editions below.
For the first time since CoD: World War II, a new title will be available on Steam as Modern Warfare 2 returns to the platform. It’s also important to note that those who pre-order Modern Warfare 2 will receive early access to the open beta.
Is Modern Warfare 2 a remake?
2022’s Modern Warfare 2 is not a remake of 2009’s Modern Warfare 2. Instead, Modern Warfare 2 is a direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare and as a result, it will share several characteristics with the 2019 title.
The developers stated they always take inspiration from the past, but also “want to make new things.” While certain aspects of 2009’s Modern Warfare 2 may have offered inspiration, ultimately Modern Warfare 2 is set to be a brand-new title.
In addition, Modern Warfare 2 won’t feel like a simple reskin of Modern Warfare. The devs confirmed that every aspect of the game is redone and changed.
Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer beta
Modern Warfare 2 will have an open beta prior to its October 28 release. It will first become available for two days starting on September 16 for PlayStation users who preordered the game. Then, it will open up to other players on the platform from September 18 to 20.
Xbox and PC owners that preordered Modern Warfare 2 can enjoy the open beta from September 22 to 23, and it will finally become open to players on all platforms from September 24 to 26.
Modern Warfare 2 campaign details
Modern Warfare 2’s campaign takes place three years after the events of Modern Warfare (2019). The story follows Task Force 141 after a US strike kills a foreign general.
The group promises revenge, so Task Force 141 teams up with Mexican Special Forces to stop the threat.
It’s worth keeping in mind that there is much more to the story that we don’t know yet, but as more information is released we’ll be sure to inform you. For more information, check out our dedicated piece on Modern Warfare 2’s campaign.
Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer details
For starters, Modern Warfare 2 will feature core maps that were designed for 6vs6 gameplay and battle maps that were designed for large team gameplay. So far, five maps have been revealed and you can check out our guide on all of the confirmed maps in Modern Warfare 2.
In terms of game modes, players can expect a mix of old favorites and new innovations. Prisoner Rescue and Knockout are just two of the new Modern Warfare 2 modes that have been revealed, while Special Ops and Gunfight are set to return to the franchise.
The new content doesn’t stop there as the devs have completely overhauled the way AI will interact with players in Modern Warfare 2. You can expect AI to be much more challenging and fierce. Meanwhile, the new movement mechanics including swimming, have allowed the devs to place an emphasis on water design throughout the multiplayer experience.
Player customization is once again at the forefront of the series and you’ll have a new and improved Gunsmith system to utilize in Modern Warfare 2.
Modern Warfare 2 RICOCHET anti-cheat
On June 16, the Call of Duty developers confirmed in a progress report that the RICOCHET anti-cheat system will be active from day one in both the Modern Warfare and Warzone sequels.
While encountering cheaters is still a problem that you might face in the game, the devs promised the community that RICOCHET will continue to “get smarter and better as time progresses.”
Warzone 2 integration
Activision have officially confirmed that Warzone 2 will be a completely new game separate from Warzone. The brand-new Warzone experience will feature “new Modern Warfare II content and systems with brand-new progression,” resetting player inventories from Warzone.
For everything you need to know about a possible Warzone sequel, you can take a look at our Warzone 2 guide where we’ve compiled a list of rumors and leaks associated with the title.
Modern Warfare 2 leaks
Both RalphsValve and Tom Henderson claim that classic Modern Warfare 2 (2009) maps will arrive in CoD 2022.
Here are the returning Modern Warfare 2 maps:
A later report from industry insider Tom Henderson, stated that these maps are set to arrive in Warzone 2, but they may not be available at MW2’s launch. Instead, players might have to wait for them to be added to multiplayer.
Furthermore, Call of Duty General Manager Johanna Faries confirmed that Highrise will be a POI in Warzone 2. It remains to be seen if these nostalgic locations will make their way to Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer.
The Warzone Mobile game files revealed the first images of the Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer maps. These leaked images show how different all of these maps are from each other in terms of appearance.
One of the maps shown in these leaks is the Grand Prix which is set in Asia. We got our first official look at this map in a video posted by the developers on the final day of CDL Championship Weekend.
The leaked images also revealed the Oilfield map which is set in what appears to be an oil storage facility. There are giant vats presumably filled with oil all around this brand-new location.
It’s likely that this map is located in a hot location like the Middle East or in South America as the ground in the image looks dry and sandy.
Museum is another new location that has been revealed in these images and while we don’t get too much information about what this map contains, it seems to have both indoor and outdoor combat.
The final leaked location was given the codename ‘SABA’ and the most notable aspects shown in the image are a statue of a man on a horse as well as some palm trees. At the time of writing, no other information is available about this map.
Leakers such as Tom Henderson have claimed that Modern Warfare 2 will come with a brand-new game mode – DMZ. While we don’t know exactly what the game mode will entail, the leaker described this mode as “MWII’s take on Escape From Tarkov.”
Henderson believes the mode will have been in development for over four years by the time Modern Warfare 2 releases, and you’ll drop into several locations and will have to plunder through abandoned homes, buildings, vehicles, crates, and corpses. He also said that the area has been made up of maps from the original MW2 which act as POIs.
Reputable leaker TheGhostOfHope also implied that the comparisons of this brand-new Modern Warfare 2 game mode to Battlestate Games’ Escape From Tarkov are accurate.
Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ reportedly also features a marketplace where players can go to purchase and sell items. When you drop into this game mode, you can head to the marketplace to “earn skins, blueprints, and more.”
There was a rumor that DMZ would be a free-to-play experience like Warzone, but Henderson claims that the mode will be available exclusively to players that have purchased Modern Warfare 2.
The insider added that it’s possible for DMZ to eventually adopt a free-to-play model, but that won’t be the case at the mode’s launch.
Modern Warfare 2 SBMM rework
Skill-based matchmaking has been one of the most controversial aspects of Call of Duty titles, and a report from CoD leaker ‘RalphsValve’ claims that the developers could be aiming to revise the SBMM to be “less debilitating” in Modern Warfare 2.
According to this leak, the devs aim to make games feel less strict, but Modern Warfare 2 could still keep the controversial feature of disbanding lobbies after each game comes to an end.
Modern Warfare 2 Pro Perks return
On May 20, Tom Henderson claimed that Pro Perks were a part of the recent Warzone 2 playtests. These were superior versions of standard Perks in the original Modern Warfare 2
While these are expected to appear in Warzone, the industry insider claimed that they could also make their way to the MW2 multiplayer as a shared feature.
Which studios worked on Modern Warfare 2?
Modern Warfare 2’s development is a collaborative effort between almost all of Activision’s studios, with Infinity Ward leading the charge.
Here are all of Activision’s studios that are likely working on Modern Warfare 2:
- High Moon Studios
- Toys for Bob
- Infinity Ward Austin, TX
- Infinity Ward Poland
- Infinity Ward, LA
- Raven Software
- Sledgehammer Games
That’s everything we know about Modern Warfare 2, but make sure to check in regularly as we’ll update this page with new information leading up to the October 28 release date.
For more Call of Duty content, check out why CoD players are thrilled with rumored change to Modern Warfare 2’s movement.
Image Credit: Activision / Infinity Ward
Modern Warfare 2 players spot real-life location for campaign mission
An attentive viewer managed to spot a real-life location from Modern Warfare 2’s campaign early access reveal.
It seems players might be visiting a real-life location during Modern Warfare 2’s campaign after a viewer noticed a familiar sight in the early access reveal trailer.
Modern Warfare 2 hype is beginning to heat up after official dates for the start of the multiplayer beta have been revealed. Fans of Call of Duty’s campaign mode also have a lot to look forward to, especially with Modern Warfare 2’s early access period available to players.
The campaign early access reveal trailer highlighted a ton of new information concerning characters, weapons, and the missions set to be involved, but it also showcased a real-life location that players could be heading to in Modern Warfare 2.
Infinity Ward gave players plenty of glimpses at the sights and sounds they’ll be able to visit during the Modern Warfare 2 campaign. While players were excited to discover that they’ll be able to play the campaign for a full week before Modern Warfare 2’s October 28 release date, they also noticed some familiar locations.
One viewer took to the Modern Warfare 2 subreddit to share that they noticed one mission could take place in Chicago. As the OP puts it, they’re from the Chicago area and they’re “happy to see” their “city get some representation.”
It turns out the Two Prudential Plaz building seen in the image above is what gave away the mission’s location.
Some players were already expecting Chicago to be a campaign location, but were happy that this practically confirms it: “Early promotional material showed a map of downtown Chicago, so it’s all but confirmed.”
In hilarious fashion, one comment actually claims that they could see the Chicago building they work in and admitted that the devs’ depiction is excellent:
“I immediately knew it was Chicago because I saw the office building I work in lol. They completely nailed it too. My building and the surrounding buildings around it are all accurate too. Good job Infinity Ward.”
Image Credit: Activision
New Sniper Rifles coming to Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 spotted in new trailer & screenshots
Call of Duty players have spotted a couple of the Sniper Rifles coming to both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.
Sniping is a staple of Call of Duty, and players are desperate to know what Sniper Rifles they’ll be using to quickscope in Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer and snipe over distance in Warzone 2. Luckily, some gun buffs have spotted the upcoming Sniper rifles in the new trailer.
As we quickly approach Modern Warfare 2‘s October 28 launch, Infinity Ward are revealing more and more about the game. We’ve seen some campaign gameplay, but it’s not until September 15 that we’ll learn all about the multiplayer and Warzone 2.
However, alongside announcing that pre-orders grant early access to the campaign, the devs dropped a brand-new trailer and screenshots. This showed off some of the All Ghillied Up reimagining, but military buffs also spotted the brand-new Sniper Rifles coming to the game.
Modern Warfare 2 Sniper Rifles confirmed
CoD fans spotted that Captain Price is using the Barret MRAD in the screenshot from Modern Warfare 2‘s upcoming All Ghillied Up reimagining. Whether it will actually be called the Barret MRAD remains to be seen but the stock, bolt handle, and magazine housing are identical.
If Price is using this sniper to pick off targets at long range in the campaign, then it should be an excellent choice for Warzone 2.
Plus in the trailer, Soap is running the Remington MSR, which long-time Call of Duty fans will recognize from Modern Warfare 3. Some were quick to assume that Soap was holding the Intervention but no, it’s clearly the MSR.
The MSR was one of the best Sniper Rifles for quickscoping in MW3, so it could very well become the quickscoper’s choice.
Image Credit: Activision
Every Modern Warfare 2 pre-order bonus: Campaign early access, Warzone skins, leaks, more
CoD players can get some free goodies by pre-ordering Modern Warfare 2, so here’s everything included with a pre-order.
Call of Duty players can grab some exclusive benefits just by pre-ordering Modern Warfare 2, so here’s everything included with the pre-order, including early access, skins, as well as the leaked villain Operator bundle.
Modern Warfare 2 draws ever closer, bringing a globe-trotting campaign, multiplayer, Warzone 2, and the leaked DMZ mode. While campaign gameplay has been revealed, we need to wait until September 15 to see everything multiplayer and Warzone 2 have to offer.
In the meantime, pre-orders are live, offering players a ton of exclusive benefits such as Warzone skins and early access. Here’s every confirmed pre-order bonus for Modern Warfare 2, including the leaked Operator bundle still to be announced.
- Early access to Modern Warfare 2 beta
- Early access to Modern Warfare 2 campaign
- Modern Warfare 2 pre-order skins
- Modern Warfare 2 Vault Edition pre-order bonuses
- Al-Asad Operator pre-order bonus leaks
Early access to Modern Warfare 2 beta with pre-order
Modern Warfare 2’s open beta goes live for PlayStation players on September 16, and everyone else on September 22. But, only those who have digitally pre-ordered will be able to access the beta for the first two days of each weekend.
You can check out all of the dates below:
- PlayStation Early Access Beta: September 16 – September 20
- PlayStation Open Beta: September 18 – September 20
- Crossplay (PlayStation, Xbox, & PC) Early Access Beta: September 22 – September 26
- Crossplay Open Beta: September 24 – September 26
But, if you were watching the CDL 2022 Championship Sunday live, check your emails in case you were given an early access code.
Early access to Modern Warfare 2 campaign with pre-order
Although it was leaked already, Activision officially confirmed that anyone who pre-orders Modern Warfare 2’s digital edition can play the campaign over a week before launch.
While Modern Warfare 2 arrives on October 28, anyone who has pre-ordered the game can access the full campaign on October 20.
Modern Warfare 2 pre-order skins
As another incentive, pre-ordering Modern Warfare 2’s digital edition will unlock the Final Judgement Bundle in both Vanguard and Warzone.
Here’s everything included in Warzone and Vanguard’s Final Judgement bundle:
- Deathknell Lucas Skin
- Bloodthirsty Automaton Blueprint
- Death’s Judgement Calling Card
- Underworldly Emblem
- Devil’s Head Reticle
- Night Stalk Sticker
- I Look Intimidating Lucas Quip
- Bloody Nose Lucas Quip
Modern Warfare 2 Vault Edition pre-order bonuses
For those looking to get everything out of Modern Warfare 2 at launch, they can pre-order the Vault Edition which grants even more pre-order bonuses.
From the Call of Duty blog, here’s everything you get if you pre-order the Vault Edition:
- All previously listed rewards.
- Red Team 141: Four playable Multiplayer Operators — Ghost, Farah, Price, and Soap — each wearing a special masked outfit, which will be available during the Open Beta.
- FJX Cinder Weapon Vault: At Call of Duty: Next, we plan to share more details on this and the new Gunsmith, which will also be available during the Open Beta.
- Season One Battle Pass and 50 Tier Skips: If you purchase the Vault Edition after Season One, the free Battle Pass and Tier Skips apply to the current season.
- Ghost Legacy Pack: 20+ free items celebrating the Task Force 141 icon, for Modern Warfare® (2019) and Warzone, unlocked upon pre-purchase.
Al-Asad Operator pre-order bonus leaks
According to leaks, classic Modern Warfare villain Al-Asad will arrive in Warzone and Vanguard as an Operator, and he’ll be free to players who pre-order Modern Warfare 2.
If you’ve pre-ordered Modern Warfare 2 on Steam, be sure to check out how to ensure you get all of the pre-order bonuses.
Image Credit: Activision
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