Competitive Call of Duty fans have been worried that Infinity Ward won’t add a ranked mode to Modern Warfare 2, but a known leaker has claimed that Ranked Play will arrive “shortly after” launch.
2022’s Call of Duty League wraps up with the Championship Weekend on August 4-7, and then a brand-new season kicks off with Modern Warfare 2. Both CDL fans and competitive players love to play like the pros with a smaller map pool and weapon restrictions taken into account, and Ranked Play allows them to do just that.
With Infinity Ward having a track record of not putting ranked modes into their games, players have been worried that there will be another year without Ranked Play. However, a known leaker claims that Modern Warfare 2 will receive a Treyarch-developed ranked mode after all.
Infinity Ward have never included Ranked Play in their games, with Modern Warfare 2019 instead adding the CDL playlists where players “fight like the pros.” While it included the same map pool and weapon restrictions, without Skill Divisions or an ELO system, it was far from a true ranked mode.
However, according to leaker TheGhostOfHope, “Ranked Play will be coming to Modern Warfare II shortly after launch with Treyarch leading development on the mode.”
Ranked Play has become a Treyarch staple since Black Ops 2’s League Play, and the developers returned to develop Vanguard’s Ranked Play which includes Skill Divisions and rewards to grind for. Hope claims they’ll return once again for Modern Warfare 2’s Ranked Play.
Since Treyarch is supposedly returning, we would expect Modern Warfare 2’s Ranked Play to be extremely similar to Vanguard’s, including both Skill Divisions and a Ladder system.
Plus, Call of Duty dataminer Reality, who discovered Modern Warfare 2’s maps and CoD 2024’s artwork in Warzone Mobile‘s files, said that Hope’s leak “lines up with the WZM files,” and “it looks like MWII’s Ranked Play will work similar, or completely identical to how Vanguard’s worked.”
Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing what “shortly” means at this stage. It could arrive during Season 1 which we expect would go live in November or December, or it could be similar to Vanguard’s Ranked Play release during February’s Season 2.
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Modern Warfare 2 devs officially reveal Farm 18 map
Modern Warfare 2’s Farm 18 map has been officially revealed and the devs explain how they designed the multiplayer battleground.
The Modern Warfare 2 devs have revealed the brand-new Farm 18 map with an in-depth explanation of the design process involved in creating the environment.
Modern Warfare 2’s release date is fast approaching and the Call of Duty teams promised plenty of teasers leading up to their major Call of Duty Next broadcast. While players will be treated to an extensive look at Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer, new intel is already being revealed.
Players got their first official look at the Marina Bay Grand Prix map during CDL Champs, and now it’s Farm 18’s turn to grab the spotlight. Farm 18 was one of three 6vs6 multiplayer maps that invited players got to experience at an early playtest of Modern Warfare 2.
Thanks to the Call of Duty Twitter account, players can join in on the excitement as Farm 18 is revealed to the world. Not only do players get a look at the gritty Farm 18 environment that has clearly seen its fair share of battles, but dev commentary also provides insight into the map’s design process.
Geoff Smith, Modern Warfare 2’s Director of Multiplayer Design explains that the incredibly popular Shoot House map from the Modern Warfare series inspired Farm 18’s design:
“The idea was, what if we put a Shoot House type situation in the middle? If you really want to play that crazy game you can go to the center and that action will find you. If you want to pull back and play a different way it’s still available to you.”
As we can see from the brief clip, there seems to be an indoor structure at the center of the map, where Smith indicates most of the action will take place. Meanwhile, the surrounding area seems to be a symmetrical paved road where several obstacles obscure lines of sight.
We can see an abandoned bus, massive cinderblocks, and construction vehicles. Farm 18 will be included in the Modern Warfare 2 beta, and players will get a chance to visit the industrial cement factory as early as September 16 when the early access period commences.
For more, check out how leaked Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer images seem to confirm that factions are back.
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Modern Warfare 2 fans want funny feature to publicly shame campers
A funny new feature that some Modern Warfare 2 fans are calling for could be a surefire way to shame campers.
The camping playstyle has been a point of contention for CoD fans for ages and this shouldn’t change with Modern Warfare 2 right around the corner. Now, players have revealed their desire to see a new feature with the sole purpose of publicly shaming campers.
Call of Duty’s multiplayer mode has seen a wide variety of playstyles develop over the years. Whether you’re an objective-based player, or you prefer the aggressive run and gun style, most would agree that they share a disdain for the notorious camper style.
Campers utilize their stationary positions to mop up enemies that attempt to repeatedly force them out of power positions. Oftentimes this leads to easy kills, but it is widely regarded as a boring playstyle that slows the pace of the game.
Public opinion has always been a great way to force change, even outside of the Call of Duty community. One Reddit user has offered their solution for dealing with campers in Modern Warfare 2. Their plan is to use a public form of shaming to deter players from camping.
As the post suggests, a public pedometer that displays every player’s amount of footsteps per match could “motivate people to start walking and keep the pace in the game.” The key factor here is the public element in that “everybody should be able to see it” on the scoreboard.
This isn’t exactly a new concept for the Call of Duty franchise as a watch in 2019’s Modern Warfare displayed a footstep count. However, the OP was quick to double down on the public aspect of the feature: “yes I know. But the watch is only for you. I want it to be visible for all the players.”
While camping in Call of Duty is universally hated, some players were quick to think of clever countermeasures like strafing back and forth continuously to fool the pedometer.
While this comedic new feature is not likely to make its way to the game, check out what to expect from the new MW2 Gunsmith system.
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Every confirmed Modern Warfare 2 map so far
Here’s a look at all of the multiplayer maps we’ll see in Modern Warfare 2, thanks to new information from Infinity Ward.
While we currently don’t know what the entire map pool for Call of Duty’s upcoming game will look like, here’s a peek at every confirmed map in Modern Warfare 2 so far.
Prior to the June 8 Modern Warfare 2 gameplay reveal, Charlie Intel was able to get a detailed look at an early version of the game. Infinity Ward showcased several gameplay features like the new Gunsmith system and AI changes.
The devs also provided additional information about Modern Warfare 2 maps during CDL Champs with the reveal of Marina Bay Grand Prix. Here’s everything you need to know about Modern Warfare 2’s maps including their classifications and the confirmed maps so far.
Modern Warfare 2 confirmed 6vs6 maps
Modern Warfare 2 is set to take players around the globe as of October 28. Players can expect their multiplayer experience to include various locations and different landscapes. This year the core multiplayer maps have been designed specifically for 6vs6 gameplay.
This new focus on the 6vs6 design should result in a streamlined experience for players that will lead to intuitive gameplay. Three core maps were revealed during the in-person event:
- Marina Bay Grand Prix
- Farm 18 Training Facility
The Museum map is supposedly one of the larger core maps and it will allow players to duke it out within a Spanish museum. Marina Bay Grand Prix was unveiled in-depth on August 7 and players will be able to witness the race track during the beta. The track is inspired by the Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit.
While we don’t know the exact location of the Farm 18 Training Facility map, this one is set to deliver on high-octane action as players battle it out inside of a training facility as the name would suggest.
Modern Warfare 2 confirmed battle maps
Aside from core 6vs6 maps, Modern Warfare 2 will also deliver larger maps for modes such as Ground War. These specific large maps will be called battle maps in Modern Warfare 2. These battle maps will share POIs with the new Warzone 2 map that is set to release in 2022.
Sariff Bay will bring players to a fishing village where you’ll be able to explore the surrounding waters and benefit from the brand-new swimming mechanic. Meanwhile, Sa’id was designed for urban combat and it is said to combine elements of core map and battle map gameplay.
When more Modern Warfare 2 maps are announced we’ll be sure to provide the details so be sure to check back in!
For more Modern Warfare 2 news, check out everything we know about Modern Warfare 2’s beta including early access for PlayStation users.
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