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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Release date, Warzone integration, gameplay, more

Here’s everything we know about Modern Warfare 2 including its release date, maps, game modes, and new features.

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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 DMZ mode, and the game’s new features.

Call of Duty is heading back to the present day, with Infinity Ward in charge of delivering Modern Warfare 2 as the 2022 entry of the iconic annual gaming franchise. While Modern Warfare 2 will share the same name as 2009’s Call of Duty, it is actually a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare.

Following the Call of Duty Next event, we have received a ton of new information regarding Modern Warfare 2, including the plethora of new features, and the release date.

Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty: 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 an 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 also get our first glimpse of the multiplayer gameplay at the Call of Duty Next event that occurred 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, or visit our dedicated guide to pre-order bonuses to find out more.

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 first became available 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. Interestingly enough, Activision confirmed that anyone who pre-orders a digital edition of Modern Warfare can access the full campaign over a week before launch.

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, seven 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. Gunsmith was not the only feature to receive an overhaul as the Perk system will also have a distinctly new feel in Modern Warfare 2.

It’s safe to say that CoD fans received two major items on their wishlist as the devs confirmed that a third-person mode would be returning to the franchise and that console players will receive an FOV slider feature.

To find out more about Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer, you can check out our guides to the game’s Killstreaks, equipment, and modes including Raids.

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 Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.

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.” RICOCHET should boast upgraded features by the time the games are ready to launch.

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 the Warzone sequel, you can take a look at our Warzone 2 guide where we’ve compiled everything you need to know about the new battle royale title arriving on November 16.

Modern Warfare 2 leaks

Both RalphsValve and Tom Henderson claimed that classic Modern Warfare 2 (2009) maps will arrive in CoD 2022.

RalphsValve leaked five maps that players can expect to see in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. These are some of the most popular ones in the entire series and we might see them return.

Here are the returning Modern Warfare 2 maps:

  • Favela
  • Highrise
  • Shipment
  • Terminal
  • Quarry

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 post-launch.

Following Call of Duty Next, we know that classic Modern Warfare 2 maps will act as POIs in Warzone 2’s Al Mazrah map, which confirms part of Henderson’s report.

It remains to be seen if these nostalgic locations will make their way to Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer.

DMZ

The Call of Duty team finally confirmed the existence of DMZ at Call of Duty Next. The mode will arrive as a free-to-play experience at the start of Modern Warfare 2 Season 1, alongside the launch of Warzone 2.0 on November 16.

While we still don’t have all of the details concerning the game mode, it has been described as “MWII’s take on Escape From Tarkov.”

It’s expected that players will drop into several locations and will have to plunder through abandoned homes, buildings, vehicles, crates, and corpses. The DMZ mode will take place on the Warzone 2 Al Mazrah map.

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.”

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 likely worked on Modern Warfare 2:

  • Treyarch
  • Demonware
  • High Moon Studios
  • Toys for Bob
  • Infinity Ward Austin, TX
  • Infinity Ward Poland
  • Infinity Ward, LA
  • Beenox
  • Activision
  • 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.


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Image Credit: Activision / Infinity Ward