Warzone’s developers teased that a familiar villain would arrive in Vanguard soon, and dataminers claim that classic baddie Al-Asad will arrive as a pre-order bonus for Modern Warfare 2.
Modern Warfare 2 arrives on October 28 and the devs have been playing their cards close to their chest. However, dataminers claim to have discovered a ton of information about the game, including a campaign early access period, the maps, weapons, and more.
Even more pre-order bonuses are still to come, and it appears classic CoD villain Al-Asad will arrive in Vanguard and Warzone as a Modern Warfare 2 pre-order bonus.
The developers teased more Modern Warfare 2 pre-order bonuses are still to come, and it appears Al-Asad will be unlocked for all players who have pre-ordered the upcoming title.
Reality has reportedly been pouring through Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded‘s game files, and has discovered a string for the “Khaled Al-Asad Operator Bundle.”
This string reportedly states Al-Asad will be “free with digital pre-order of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.” There’s a short description too, stating: “The time has come to show our true strength with the Khaled Al-Asad Operator Bundle.”
If true, anyone who pre-orders Modern Warfare 2 digitally will automatically receive Al-Asad as a playable Vanguard and Warzone Operator, similar to Woods and Kinglsey ahead of their respective titles.
If you’re pre-ordering Modern Warfare 2 through Steam, make sure to check out our guide on how to claim pre-order bonuses.
But, as always, take these leaks with a pinch of salt as nothing has been confirmed by Activision or Infinity Ward. In the meantime, be sure to check out all of the weapon buffs and nerfs in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded.
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Modern Warfare 2’s Grand Prix map has cheeky easter egg from developers
Modern Warfare 2’s devs, Infinity Ward, have included some cheeky easter eggs in the Marina Bay Grand Prix map.
Alongside the multiplayer reveal and beta dates announcement at CDL Champs, Infinity Ward revealed the Marina Bay Grand Prix map. Eagle-eyed players will have noticed some Infinity Ward devs make an appearance on the map.
Heavily inspired by the Singapore Grand Prix’s Marina Bay Street Circuit, Modern Warfare 2 players will get to experience the map in September’s beta. But in the footage already shown, players have found a cheeky easter egg from Infinity Ward.
As spotted by The Loadout, several Infinity Ward devs exist inside the Modern Warfare 2 universe as Formula One drivers. The paddock is shown throughout the map overview and the in-universe drivers are named on the signs above the garages.
Plus, there’s one more Infinity Ward dev name, Hancock, that can be spotted throughout the video, such as on the right-hand side of the souvenir kiosk at 20 seconds, and is likely another team alongside ‘Rohan.’
Five names can be spotted throughout the 40-second clip, and they all relate to an Infinity Ward dev. Here’s everyone spotted so far:
- Steve Najera – Senior Producer
- Paul Interrante – Environment Art Director
- Carlos Cervantes – Senior Environment Artist
- Matt Evans – Environment Artist
- Charles Hancock – Associate Producer
Judging from the video, the rest of the garages in the paddock aren’t in use so that might not be all of the devs that exist as drivers. But, we’ll get a much better look at the map once the beta goes live in September, where there’s sure to be even more easter eggs to discover.
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Players share Call of Duty Next reveal wishlist for Modern Warfare 2 & Warzone 2
With the Call of Duty Next event set to showcase MW2 and Warzone 2, players reveal exactly what they’re desperate to see.
The upcoming Call of Duty Next event is set to deliver a full Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal as well as new Warzone 2 information. Here’s what players are desperate to see from the event.
During Call of Duty Champs, the biggest competitive CoD event of the year, Activision and Infinity Ward brought Call of Duty Next to the community’s attention. This one-of-a-kind event that will be broadcast on September 15 is set to tease the future of the Call of Duty franchise.
The event will include a full Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal, as well as new details concerning the Warzone 2 project and a mobile version of Warzone. With a ton of new information expected to shock the community, here’s what players are hoping to see most.
CharlieIntel took to Twitter to ask CoD players what they’re hoping to see from the highly-anticipated Call of Duty Next broadcast. While the details concerning Warzone 2 are shrouded in mystery, it’s safe to expect gameplay footage of Modern Warfare 2.
Keep in mind that Modern Warfare 2 is set to release on October 28, and with all eyes on Call of Duty Next, it’ll be a great opportunity to build some excitement. Some players in the replies had very specific expectations, while others wish to see more of the game’s technical aspects.
MW2 & Warzone 2 gun mechanism & gunsmith system
Gun mechanisms, loadouts, gunsmith, etc. pic.twitter.com/Ee9JR7hkVc— Warzone Loadout (@Warzone_Loadout) August 9, 2022
This is a great example of the technical side of Modern Warfare 2, and by expected association Warzone 2, that we’ve yet to fully discover. Gun mechanisms and how they feel while firing lay the groundwork for the game’s tone. Modern Warfare 2 Gameplay will likely be heavily influenced by how intuitive the guns feel in players’ hands.
Furthermore, the loadouts and the gunsmith feature are another vital technical aspect. While these aren’t the flashiest concerns, they go a long way in setting the foundation for a high-quality experience. After all, players love to customize and tweak aspects of the game when they’re not engaged in battle.
While we already have some major information about Modern Warfare 2’s gunsmith, including the ability to tweak certain attachment characteristics, hopefully, Call of Duty Next will provide even more insight.
Modern Warfare 2 Ranked Play
League play at launch— Sandy 🧚🏼♀ #BrickByBrick (@CallofSandy) August 9, 2022
While the gameplay is set to take center stage, it’s not beyond belief that Call of Duty Next could showcase various game modes. Perhaps the broadcast will mark the official reveal of the rumored DMZ mode.
However, fans of multiplayer will have their fingers crossed for something they’ve been wanting for what seems like ages: “League play at launch.”
Call of Duty fans looking for a top-tier competitive mode have been let down in recent years. Either they’ve had to wait months after release to receive a Ranked Play mode, or in the case of Modern Warfare, it came without Skill Divisions or an ELO system.
Classic Call of Duty weapons
This is the only right answer pic.twitter.com/RBuO5ovqRJ— FaZe Testy (@Testyment) August 9, 2022
FaZe Testy replying with an image of the iconic Intervention sniper gives us a specific weapon request. Surely, the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal is going to include gameplay footage. Of course, with gameplay footage comes the inevitable reveal of weapons.
It remains to be seen if classic Call of Duty weapons will feature in Modern Warfare 2, but players are surely going to lose their minds if the Intervention makes its way to the game. The Sniper is undoubtedly one of the most beloved weapons in Call of Duty history.
That just about wraps up some of the most intriguing hopes and wishes for the upcoming Call of Duty Next event. Don’t forget to tune into the broadcast on September 15 to find out if any of these desires come to fruition.
For more, check out how leaked Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer images seem to confirm that factions are back.
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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, maps, game modes, and new features.
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.
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