(Pocket-lint) – We’ll be entering part of the year when rumors about the next Call of Duty go into overdrive. Vanguard comes out as usual in late 2021, and we now know Modern Warfare 2 will be next.
We’ve gathered all the key details about the game for you here, so read on to find out everything you need to know about the next COD.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 release date and trailer
We now know when Modern Warfare 2 is coming out – and it will be in October 28, 2022. It’s primarily developed by Infinity Ward, but apparently 10+ other studios are supporting the game, although this kind of resource sharing is nothing new for the series.
After Infinity War revealed the game’s logo in late April 2022 and its release date in late May, we finally got the first trailer for the game too.
You can watch the reveal trailer above for an early look at the game’s activities, spanning several locations and what looks like an explosive ride.
There are plenty of rumors that the 2022 COD will be a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare, and will likely add a “2” to the end of the game’s title to bring back nostalgic memories of the original Modern Warfare 2.
This was officially confirmed in February 2022 following the franchise’s unusual move – Infinity Ward briefed members of the media about its plans not only for Modern Warfare 2, but also for the upcoming The new version of Warzone. You can read key details in a future community update.
Let’s start with the lookahead:
COD 2022 is the sequel to MW 2019 with an all-new design #warzone experience (both by @InfinityWard)
Massive evolution of BR with a brand new playspace and a new sandbox mode
A new engine to power a new game and a new engine #warzone
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) February 11, 2022
Going forward, we’ve even seen signs that games after this will return to the Black Ops franchise, suggesting the familiar title rotation is spinning. However, a blockbuster report from Bloomberg suggests it won’t be released in 2023, giving Modern Warfare 2 a full two-year support cycle.
That’s big news for the team and the game, as no championship has gone two full years without a new competitor in the past decade. It will be interesting to see what plans Infinity Ward can come up with to keep it fresh for so long.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Platform
Call of Duty typically appears on every platform that can run it to maximize sales, but that all changed in January 2021, when Xbox announced its acquisition of Activision, the series’ publisher.
The news sent shockwaves through the community as it threatened the possibility that Call of Duty could become an Xbox hardware exclusive series. While this is ultimately possible, it won’t affect Modern Warfare 2.
The game will be released before the deal closes, and an existing contract with PlayStation means that at least the next major COD due in 2023 should also be on PS4 and PS5. Microsoft also said it intends to keep the franchise on the PlayStation once those deals run out.
For now, we know Modern Warfare 2 will launch on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC — including a return to Steam for the first time in years.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Story and Background
The game, which is said to be internally codenamed Project Cortez, will feature a single-player campaign rumoured to take place during the US-led South American drug war, something the first trailer hasn’t really confirmed or eliminated.
According to further reports by Tom Henderson, the game will be tougher than Modern Warfare 2019, which has been leaning more towards realism than Call of Duty for a while, with tasks like cleaning the house featuring realistic Room cleaning and night vision features.
Infinity Ward has been developing Modern Warfare since its release, giving it a healthy three-year cycle to innovate, so the campaign will see some nice additions accordingly, such as authentic narrative choices and A creek without an oar for a gun that can sometimes get stuck.
The story is supposed to see Captain Price’s Task Force 141 battling Colombian cartels in covert missions that won’t be militarized, but focused on stealth and sharpness. We know that after Infinity Ward confirms their appearance in May 2022, key characters like Captain Price and Gaz will return, as well as the faces of the original game in the form of Soap and Ghost, which you can find in Chapter 1. See them in a trailer, too.
Available October 28 pic.twitter.com/YT4A1grduZ
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) May 24, 2022
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 gameplay
When it comes to the gameplay of Infinity Ward’s next game, there’s obviously going to be a lot of continuity from the last Modern Warfare, but that still leaves room for some improvements and additions. The first game showcase at Summer Games Fest confirmed this direction.
While it’s only a campaign showcase, you can see that it has a short kill time, making it the heart of the shooter. You can see the return of familiar gear, including the Vector SMG, the precious VLK 3.0 optics on the assault rifle, and the throwable incendiary.
Given its color palette, the level looks a little familiar, and while the shipping container moving across the ship is an interesting twist in the second half of the demo, arguably this doesn’t look too revolutionary right now.
In terms of multiplayer, Infinity Ward says that MW2’s map is actually smaller on average than MW2019’s, which is a good sign.
The developers have been hard at work on the AI to make your opponents more realistic, which sounds like fun, and we’re also getting a new version of Gunsmith that lets us make extremely detailed modifications to the guns. This reportedly includes sliders for adjusting the weight distribution of the barrel – quite a bit of granularity!
Swimming is clearly going to be a more common part of gameplay, with some guns able to shoot underwater, and more vehicles than ever with more realistic damage and permanent hulls when destroyed.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – Warzone 2.0
after a chaotic integration Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard into Warzone, with recycled maps and unbalanced weapons in every way, Activision seems to realize that it has to better stick to the landings when the new COD game melded into its free-to-play feel.
Vanguard brings a brand new map, Caldera, brings combat to the Pacific Arena, and finally brings new locations to the table, and from the sound of it, Modern Warfare 2 will seek to make it an annual change .
According to its community briefing and subsequent information, Infinity Ward is building a new Warzone experience from the ground up with Modern Warfare 2, and all COD games will share a new engine to avoid similar initial issues between their ecosystems.
You can find out all about Warzone 2.0 here, including when it’s out, whether you can bring your progress to it, and what gameplay changes it will bring:
Written by Max Freeman-Mills.