Call of Duty’s Modern Warfare series has always been known for its incredible campaigns, and we now know a lot about Modern Warfare 2 in 2022. This is an initial introduction to MW2’s characters, missions, and storyline.
Modern Warfare 2 has been officially revealed, with Infinity Ward releasing a gameplay trailer on June 8 and revealing a campaign mission at the Summer Games Festival on June 9.
CharlieIntel was able to experience Modern Warfare 2 firsthand in Infinity Ward’s Creator Session. Here’s everything we know about the Modern Warfare 2 campaign, such as characters, missions, and the overall plot.
Of course, there will be minor spoilers for the Modern Warfare 2 campaign here, be warned!
Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Storyline
When we last reached out to Price at the end of Modern Warfare in 2019, he was forming Task Force 141 to counter the threat posed by Zakhaev Jr. Three years later, Modern Warfare 2 rebooted, with 141 fully formed and operating worldwide.
While plot details are currently thin, Modern Warfare 2’s storyline begins after an American strike kills a foreign general. The country pledged to retaliate, with Task Force 141 working with Mexican special forces to stop the threat.
Task Force 141 isn’t the tight-knit unit we’d expect, and Ghost often works as a “one-man army” that “won’t agree with the group.” After discovering that the terrorist group Al-Qatala is working with the Mexican drug cartel “Las Alamas”, Ghost realizes he can’t do it all alone and turns to Colonel Alejandro Vargas of the Mexican Special Forces for help.
During the campaign, Task Force 141 will travel the world, visiting the Middle East, Europe, Mexico and the United States.
Modern Warfare 2019’s campaign was designed to “provoke” and put players in uncomfortable positions, but Modern Warfare 2 argues that Task Force 141 is doing “heroes and bad things” but they’re “humans, not superhumans” hero”.
Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Characters
Captain John Price
SAS Captain John Price, the leader of Task Force 141, has a complex relationship with authority, often preferring to get things done his own way, sometimes unconventionally.
Price has his own sense of morality and understands that war is not always black and white, explaining at MW 2019: “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”
Kyle “Gaz” Garrick
Sergeant Kyle ‘Gaz’ Garrick joined Captain Price’s Bravo team following the Al-Qatala attack on Piccadilly Circus in Modern Warfare 2019.
Throughout the mission to recover stolen chemical weapons, Gaz has aligned with Price, and Gaz was his first choice to join Task Force 141.
John “Soap” McTavish
Soap was the main playable protagonist of the original Modern Warfare trilogy, and is returning in part two of the reboot.
Described by Price as a sniper and demolition specialist, Soap will likely take on more stealth missions for Detachment 141 in Modern Warfare 2’s campaign.
Simon “Ghost” Riley
Little is known about Simon “Ghost” Riley, except that he is a lone wolf who doesn’t always agree with the rest of Task Force 141. During the campaign, Ghost will realize he can’t always be a one-man army and bring Vargas into the camp.
Colonel Alejandro Vargas
Mexican Special Forces Colonel Alejandro Vargas is a brand new character in Modern Warfare 2, introduced by Ghost.
We don’t know much about his role, but his knowledge should be crucial in Task Force 141’s battle against Las Alamas.
Modern Warfare 2 will also introduce another new character – Graves. Graves is described as an ally of Task Force 141, a private military contractor for the Shadow Company.
The Shadow Company helped General Shepherd betray Task Force 141 in 2009’s Modern Warfare 2, but with the new timeline and continuity we’ll have to wait and see if they’re trustworthy.
In Modern Warfare 2019, Kate Lasswell is the director of the CIA’s Special Activities Division and has a close working relationship with Price that allowed him to form Task Force 141.
Three years later, in Modern Warfare 2, Lasswell becomes the CIA station chief and will work with Task Force 141 on the battlefield.
Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Missions
Infinity Ward took the opportunity to showcase the gameplay of Modern Warfare 2 at its Summer Games Festival on June 9 with a campaign mission called Dark Water.
The mission took place on the US Atlantic coastline and followed members of Task Force 141 aboard an enemy drilling platform to disarm the missiles.
The mission looked tense, with rainy weather and strong winds pushing huge containers all over the place. There are aspects of stealth and chaos in the mission, with explosive barrels being shot in gunfights.
Nightwar is an action-packed mission in the Modern Warfare 2 campaign where the player is in charge of the Soap.
The mission took place at night when an Allied helicopter crashed into the area as Task Force 141 entered. After using night vision goggles to clear a building full of terrorists, 141 operates to protect the downed helicopter.
The mission ends with a rocket hitting the helicopter when the helicopter is surrounded by a large number of enemies.
While longtime CoD players will recognize the “wet work” of the multiplayer map, it’s a campaign level in Modern Warfare 2 that showcases new swimming and hydraulics.
Wet Work is a stealth mission set in Amsterdam, in which the player controls Gaz as he and Price search for someone to smuggle on the terrorist’s behalf.
Most of the wet work is done underwater, and Price advises Gaz to stick to knives to stay private. Using the water as cover, Gates moves around the area, silently eliminating targets one by one, pulling them into the water for a silent kill.
The level features a variety of different mechanics, such as ledge hanging and underwater shooting, and ends when Price and Gaz discover that terrorists are using the Mexican cartel “Las Alamas” to smuggle goods.
Modern Warfare 2’s tower mission takes place in a major city, but we’re not sure which one. In this level, players rappel from the side of a building and have full control over how they fight back – first or first foot.
This quest allows players to solve it in their own way, showcasing a variety of different play styles.
While we don’t know its official name, the fourth mission shown is vehicle-based, with players entering and exiting vehicles in a convoy in Mexico.
This quest showcases all the new vehicle mechanics, players can shoot out of windows, climb onto the roof, and even commandeer while other cars are driving. The developers say that any vehicle can be driven by the player, so this will be one of the most cinematic missions in the game.
Plus, late in the campaign, there’s a level reminiscent of All Ghillied Up, where players don a ghillie suit and team up with Price for some long-range sniping. The developers say that after finishing work on Warzone, they can make large environments.
In the meantime, for more on Call of Duty, be sure to check out Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 4 release times.
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