Editors Note: Activision Publishing Inc. provided us with travel and lodging to visit Infinity Ward studio for a preview event.
At Infinity Ward, I had a chance to see two campaign missions from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I posted another article describing what the two missions were but wanted to do a separate post on the overall impressions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s campaign based on what we saw because it was a lot.
Infinity Ward is pushing the boundaries of realism and brutality in a campaign for Call of Duty since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s No Russian mission.
And it’s very hard to describe in words how emotional and real these missions were. You really have to see it for yourself to get an understanding of what this all looks like and how it toys with your emotions. There’s parts where you think they’re going to kill a child or hurt someone who is innocent, but they don’t; other parts where you straight up see civilians being murdered. It’s a game that is going to challenge the political climate that exists today, especially with this notion that exists of ‘violence in video games’ for those who do not understand or are part of the gaming industry directly. In many ways, this is the first Call of Duty that is truly deserving of its ‘Mature’ rating.
And we’ve seen before that Call of Duty can be banned in some countries, and in all honesty, based on my impressions, I feel some countries might reject this game. It’s almost shocking that Activision green lit this game based on the direction it goes in and based on the current political climate the United States has. No Russian is a mission that remains controversial even till today, and this game seems to be just as troubling and pushing that boundary — but beyond just one single mission.
Beyond the troubling aspects, I also think we’re getting what some people have wanted for a long time with the Call of Duty franchise: a Call of Duty that, beyond being a game, is incredibly real – in both the story and graphics wise. This game actually embracesthe idea of being called “Modern Warfare.” It embraces Tier 1 Operators going up against terrorists. Rebel fighters fighting terrorists. Terrorists fighting back. It is a modern war, grounded in reality.
We have not seen this level of detail, realism, and just absolute grounded story in Call of Duty. I have been with charlieintel since the start — all the way back in 2011 — and there has not been a Call of Duty game during this time that has this real of a story.
Infinity Ward does not appear to hide from a lot of what’s happening in this world in bringing the experiences to life. And, they made that very clear to us too. They want players to feel an emotional connection to what’s happening, being able to relate to some of the events, and understand the characters’ motivation for why they are fighting and what they are fighting for. The ‘ripped from the headlines’ thing is very key in this game — as we see attacks and battles that could be happening today in this world. And the game is set in 2019 basically. It’s now.
Infinity Ward also says they worked with Navy SEALS to motion capture how they move, how they react, and include that in the game. The Seal raid mission mentioned was using real Seals’ motion capture to that situation and how they act. You can see this come through during the SEAL Raid mission that was shown to us with the movement of the characters, the reaction, and call outs throughout the whole mission.
They also said that the missions we saw, which were already troubling in some ways, are not the most troubling in the game, there’s ones that are more dramatic than this, which is, although exciting in some ways, also worrisome.
And how this realism and all translates to multiplayer, we’ll have to wait and see as they’re only detailing the campaign at this point.
But from what has been shown thus far of the campaign, it all looks incredible — a story we can relate to, graphics that are the best we’ve ever seen, and so much more for Call of Duty.
It’s a game I have wanted from Call of Duty for a long time.
For more of our coverage on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, check out our page for all the news we’ve posted here.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Release date, Warzone integration, leaks, more
Here’s everything we know about Modern Warfare 2 including its release date, rumored maps, game modes, and platforms.
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 platforms.
Call of Duty is officially 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.
Modern Warfare 2‘s marketing campaign is starting to ramp up, with the devs unveiling the release date and key art. There have also been a ton of leaks surrounding the Modern Warfare sequel like new game modes and an SBMM rework.
Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
- Modern Warfare 2 release date
- MW2 studios
- Modern Warfare 2 engine
- Modern Warfare 2 maps
- CoD 2022 Warzone integration
- MW2 modes
- Modern Warfare 2 SBMM rework
- Modern Warfare 2 Perks and Last Stand return
- MW2 platforms
- Modern Warfare 2 campaign leaks
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, where eagle-eyed fans also spotted a date — June 8, 2022. This could be the reveal date, but we’ll need to wait on official confirmation.
Which studios are behind Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2?
According to leaker ‘RalphsValve,’ Modern Warfare 2’s development is a collaborative effort between 11 different developers. Infinity Ward is expected to be the lead studio with Treyarch also helping out.
Here are all the rumored Modern Warfare 2 developers:
- High Moon Studios
- Toys for Bob
- Infinity Ward Austin, TX
- Infinity Ward Poland
- Infinity Ward, LA
- Raven Software
- Sledgehammer Games
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2’s new engine
After Modern Warfare 2’s official announcement, Infinity Ward also confirmed that the 2022 Call of Duty title will be built on a brand-new engine, which the company has “been working on for years,”
This new engine is meant to improve players’ experience on all platforms, and the developers have also confirmed that they will use it to lay the foundation of a “new Warzone experience” in Warzone 2.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 maps
Both leakers RalphsValve and Tom Henderson claim that classic Modern Warfare 2 (2009) maps will arrive in CoD 2022.
In a video covering everything known about CoD 2022 so far, Henderson said that these maps have been taken from the scrapped Modern Warfare 2 Remastered, of which only the campaign released.
Here are the returning Modern Warfare 2 maps:
Favela would pit players against each other in enclosed areas while Terminal provided some excellent sniping opportunities to Call of Duty players during long-range combat situations.
Highrise led to tons of 360, no-scope montages and birthed several world-famous CoD clans and Shipment is so popular that it’s currently still featured in titles like Call of Duty: Vanguard.
According to a report from industry insider Tom Henderson, these maps are set to arrive in Warzone 2, but they may not be available at the sequel’s launch. Instead, players might have to wait for them to be added later.
Henderson stated that it’s possible for these maps to appear in future seasons even if they’re not available at launch. However, these are currently just leaks, and we might see the addition of entirely different maps in the final game once it arrives.
Call of Duty 2022 Warzone 2 integration
According to some leaks, Call of Duty 2022 will integrate with the Warzone sequel in the same way that Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard integrated with the first Warzone.
Warzone 2 was first reported by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and later supported by well-known industry insider Tom Henderson. Henderson has called Warzone 2 a “clean slate,” meaning it’s a brand-new game without any content from previous CoD games.
- Read more: How to Stim Super Slide in Warzone Pacific
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.
Call of Duty 2022 game modes
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.
On May 6, notable Call of Duty data miner ‘TheGhostOfHope’ claimed that Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ will be available in beta form when the game arrives. In their tweet, they quoted an unknown source that supposedly works for either Activision or Infinity.
TheGhostOfHope tweeted: “Something like the DMZ doesn’t become final until the general public has gotten hands on it. It’s a large mode that needs maintenance.” So, players should be able to try out the beta upon Modern Warfare 2’s release.
In another tweet, TheGhostOfHope implied that the comparisons of this brand-new Modern Warfare 2 game mode to Battlestate Games’ Escape From Tarkov are accurate.
After being asked exactly how similar this mode is to Escape from Tarkov, Ghost responded: “What you take with you you can lose. [It’s] more tactical. Etc.”
Tarkov tasked players with carrying out raids and battling their enemies as part of a plot to escape. So, Call of Duty players can expect a noticeably different experience than they’re used to.
TheGhostOfHope also claims that DMZ has at least 4 different maps that are currently being worked on. All of these maps are unique in their design with some being open-world while others are more linear.
In this same tweet, the Call of Duty leaker stated: “The Warzone 2 map is entirely separate and is not in any way connected to DMZ.”
Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ reportedly also feature 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.”
At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether this marketplace will require players to spend CoD Points or if the developers will introduce a brand-new in-game currency to use.
Attackers v. Defenders
Leaker RalphsValve has also claimed that MW2 will feature a Rainbow Six Siege-inspired mode called Attackers v. Defenders. However, leakers such as Tom Henderson have disputed the claim.
This mode will see players attack and defend objective sites while utilizing “hidden locations, booby traps and cameras.”
Attackers v. Defenders would have a revamped health system, and players are able to assign each of their squad members separate roles such as “Squad Leader.”
However, prominent CoD leakers TheMW2Ghost and Tom Henderson claim their sources say “it was a scrapped mode from MW19 and they haven’t heard or seen anything regarding it coming to MW II.”
Henderson did clarify that “It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not coming, but I’m inclined to believe people working on the project/or with very good connections at the studio.”
These two modes are only leaks or rumors at this point, so have yet to be confirmed. We’ll be sure to update this article as soon as we learn some more official information about Modern Warfare 2’s game modes.
Call of Duty 2022: 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.
RalphsValve’s source claims that the new SBMM rework will be less punishing for more skilled players and low-skill players will be able to enjoy fair games with opponents of a similar ranking.
The source also added that Bot Pools might be integrated into both Warzone 2 and the DMZ mode for players finding the game too difficult. Disbanding lobbies will not be removed from the SBMM system.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 Perk changes & Last Stand return
Call of Duty leaker ‘TheGhostOfHope’ claims that the Perk system will receive a major change in Modern Warfare 2 that will allow players to choose four Perks rather than the traditional three.
The leaker also claimed that the Last Stand Perk will return, allowing players to be downed with their pistol out before dying. However, it will now act as a Field Upgrade rather than a Perk.
Call of Duty 2022: 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. However, they may not be available to use on your loadout, and you may have to loot them during a match.
Accroding to this leak, one way to obtain these could be by looting Strongholds. We’ll be sure to update this article once more information about these is revealed.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 platforms
According to Henderson, Modern Warfare 2 will be available on both current-gen and past-generation consoles.
“It’s currently believed that this will be the last Call of Duty coming to past generation consoles, but it will ultimately depend on the console market conditions,” Tom Henderson tweeted.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 campaign leaks
Back in September, individuals on Reddit and Medium blog noticed a back-end server opening into NVIDIA’s GeForce technology site that let them see the games being tested out on their servers.
One of the games by Activision and Infinity Ward was listed as “Project Cortez,” which is a possible codename for Modern Warfare 2. After this, some new potential plot details for Call of Duty 2022 were shared by VGC.
According to the leak, “Modern Warfare’s sequel will include a campaign involving US special forces fighting a covert war against Columbian drug cartels.” This was also backed up by Tom Henderson.
Henderson has also said that the AI will see significant improvements from previous CoD games, where they’ll act realistically to getting shot.
It’s worth keeping in mind that these are currently just leaks, and this information has yet to be verified by the developers themselves. Until they officially announce something, you should take this with a grain of salt.
For more Call of Duty content, you can check out how Vanguard players reveal features they don’t want to see in Modern Warfare 2 as well as this leak that Modern Warfare 2 will finally bring a firing range to Warzone 2.
Image Credit: Activision / Infinity Ward
Which packs are needed for Modern Warfare Multiplayer? Full list
Modern Warfare is a huge game that players need a lot of storage for. Luckily, only certain Modern Warfare packs are needed for Multiplayer.
Knowing what data packs you need to download to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Multiplayer can be quite confusing, so we put together a detailed list of what you need and how much space it takes up.
Call of Duty’s Multiplayer has been a fan favorite mode of the franchise pretty much since it was released, and although Modern Warfare isn’t the latest installment, players are still enjoying it.
With the Call of Duty games evolving every year, it’s only natural that the data needed is larger. Therefore, some players may be wondering what data packs they need solely for the Multiplayer mode.
What packs are needed for Modern Warfare Multiplayer?
In recent history, the developers have allowed players to pick and choose what data to download due to the huge amount of storage that the games take up.
This way, players who only play the Multiplayer can uninstall the data for the campaign and any other extra modes. This is great, as it prevents storage from being taken up modes you don’t play.
Luckily there isn’t much that players actually need to play Modern Warfare’s Multiplayer.
Here’s a list of all the Modern Warfare Multiplayer packs you need to have downloaded:
- Base Game: 88.7 GB
- Multiplayer pack: 6.0 GB
- Multiplayer pack 2: 19.9 GB
- Multiplayer and Special Ops Pack: 21.3 GB
In total, this comes to 135.9 GB big and will require a sizable amount of your console storage.
For those on Xbox One, you will need all three of the Modern Warfare Multiplayer packs mentioned above to run the Multiplayer mode.
For those on PC or PlayStation, you only need Data Pack 1 and the Multiplayer Pack 2 in order to run Modern Warfare’s Multiplayer.
So, for those who are either bored of Warzone like some popular streamers have been lately, you may want to head back over to the classic Multiplayer and give the new CX-9 SMG a try. With that being said, these are the data packs you’ll need to do so.
For more on Call of Duty, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on the best PC Settings for Warzone Pacific Season 3.
Image Credits: Raven Software / Activision
Modern Warfare 2 shown to NFL prospects: Title confirmed & first impressions
As top prospects prepare for the NFL draft, they’re getting a first look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 during a private CoD event.
NFL draft prospects are giving their first impressions of Modern Warfare 2 as they get an exclusive look at the new Call of Duty title.
Although Vanguard Season 3 has only just begun, Call of Duty players are already looking forward to the next installment in the franchise. The Modern Warfare series is beloved by many players across the globe, thus the excitement for Modern Warfare 2 is high.
There are certainly a ton of rumors beginning to swirl but thanks to a private CoD event for some of the NFL’s top draft prospects, we received an official title for the game as well as first impressions from the players lucky enough to sneak a peek.
We’ve known for a while that the next Call of Duty title is set to be a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare. Given the sequel association, most people began calling it Modern Warfare II. While this was in the right ballpark, the event finally confirmed that the title will be Modern Warfare 2.
In addition to title confirmation of the Infinity Ward developed game, several top prospects from the upcoming NFL draft took to social media to share thoughts and opinions on their first look at Modern Warfare 2.
The list of NFL prospects who got a glimpse of Modern Warfare 2 includes Ahmad Gardner, Aidan Hutchinson, and Bo Melton. Both Melton and Hutchinson posted pictures of themselves at the Las Vegas event.
Meanwhile, Gardner offered more details concerning the footage and claimed that “it was so realistic, it’s insane.” This lines up with a statement from an Activision briefing that claimed Modern Warfare 2 would be “the most advanced experience in franchise history.”
Only time will tell if this positive perception will hold up but CoD fans have a lot to be excited about.
For more on the upcoming CoD title, check out how a leaker claims SBMM will be reworked in Modern Warfare 2 or potential major changes to Perks.
Image Credit: Activision
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