Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 is fast approaching and we’ve got a full look at all there is to know. From a release date to upcoming game modes and even campaign details, here’s a rundown of every early detail.
Each and every year, one thing has long been a given in the gaming industry: A new Call of Duty title will be released. While that trend may finally be nearing its end, 2022 is still business as usual for the franchise. Following on from Vanguard by Sledgehammer Games, it’s Infinity Ward’s turn once again this year.
Given that the CoD series is taking a rare year off in 2023 when it comes to the mainline release, the pressure is really on 2022’s game. Not only to deliver in the short term but to also keep players satisfied during the break.
While details are still scarce, we have plenty of early information to go off. Months out from launch, we already have a decent idea of what to expect with the next entry in Activision’s FPS franchise, confirmed to be a Modern Warfare sequel.
Here’s everything you need to know about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
- CoD 2022: Modern Warfare 2 reveal trailer
- CoD 2022: Modern Warfare 2 release date
- CoD 2022: Modern Warfare 2 platforms
- CoD 2022: Modern Warfare 2 logo reveal
- CoD 2022: Modern Warfare 2 leaks
- CoD 2022: Modern Warfare 2 modes
- CoD 2022: Modern Warfare 2 maps
- CoD 2022: Warzone integration
After weeks of anticipation, the reveal trailer for Modern Warfare 2 is now locked in. Following a handful of early teasers on June 2, Activision confirmed the worldwide reveal is set for Wednesday, June 8 at 10AM PT.
With the tagline “The Ultimate Weapon is Team,” initial live-action footage premiered in early June, showing many of Modern Warfare’s most popular characters preparing for battle before exiting a truck to join an active engagement.
Exactly what the reveal trailer will include, remains to be seen. But it’s safe to expect this will bring our very first look at official Modern Warfare 2 gameplay.
Modern Warfare 2 will finally launch on October 28, 2022. We’re expecting a reveal of the game in June, but for now, it’s nice to have a date to count down to.
BREAKING: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Artwork Reveal.
— CharlieIntel (@charlieINTEL) May 24, 2022
Industry insiders had pointed towardsan October launch in light of Vanguard’s subpar sales. Whether the whole game will arrive on the same day or not remains to be seen — an earlier launch for multiplayer could allegedly be followed up by a “big Warzone update soon after.”
No specific platforms have been announced for Modern Warfare 2 just yet. Though similar to the release date, this is another trend we can expect to see continue in 2022.
Both Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard are cross-gen Call of Duty titles. They released across last-gen and current-gen gaming hardware. As a result, we can expect to see Modern Warfare 2 follow suit.
Modern Warfare 2 will likely be coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, along with PC. However, it is worth noting that previous-gen versions may come with one distinction: leakers have implied Modern Warfare 2 could ship on multiple discs for the PS4 and Xbox One versions.
With Microsoft acquiring Activision-Blizzard, though, there’s a chance that while Modern Warfare 2 will come to PlayStation hardware, that could change in the future.
“Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed on a variety of platforms and we plan to continue to support those communities moving forward,” Phil Spencer said in an Xbox blog post.
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Moreover, prominent Call of Duty insider Tom Henderson has suggested this may be the last title supported on previous generation consoles.
Our first official reveal of CoD 2022 hit social media on April 28. Infinity Ward shared the official logo for its upcoming release, confirming the title of Modern Warfare 2 in the process.
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) April 28, 2022
Given the title is a direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare, the logo bears resemblance to the previous ‘MW’ style. This time around, to help distinguish from the 2009 game with the same name, roman numerals feature in the logo, rather than the standard ‘2.’
It looks like Call of Duty: 2022 is codenamed Project Cortez
It’s expected to be a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019.
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) September 13, 2021
Before Call of Duty Vanguard was even released, we already knew where 2022’s title was headed. Leaks dating back to September teased ‘Project’ Cortez as a direct sequel to Modern Warfare 2019.
Throughout the upcoming game, players will supposedly join US special forces in fighting a “covert war against Colombian drug cartels,” according to a report from VGC. This campaign is allegedly set to ‘feel like’ Red Dead Redemption 2, with brutal realism, gore, and unique death animations. Tom Henderson from the VGC has expanded on the “sophisticated” A.I. present in Modern Warfare 2, adding that they’ll be tougher than ever before.
“If you shoot them in the arms or the legs, they’ll lose their limbs. If you shoot them in the chest, they might not necessarily die straight away,” Henderson said in a breakdown of the game’s dismemberment mechanics.
Five classic Modern Warfare maps are reportedly in development for the 2022 release including Favela, Terminal, Highrise, Shipment, and Quarry. These classic maps were due to return in a remastered version of Modern Warfare 2’s (2009) multiplayer, but this was ultimately cut and saved for 2022’s reiteration.
Other leaks have mentioned that the brand new multiplayer maps will feature a “brighter aesthetic” than 2019’s game, which was dominated by desert environments. Rumors also claim players will be able to select 4 perks as opposed to the standard 3, with Last Stand returning as a Field Upgrade.
Little is known about specific game modes set to arrive in Modern Warfare 2. However, one early leak has suggested this new Escape From Tarkov-esque playlist is currently in development.
“The objective of the mode is to accumulate loot within several separate maps, before successfully extracting,” one source claimed.
The Tarkov style mode, known as DMZ (Demilitarized zone), has allegedly been in development since 2019’s Modern Warfare. CoD leaker Tom Henderson said that DMZ has “been in some form of development since early 2018 (so technically 4.5 years by the time it releases)”, making it one of the most ambitious modes to coincide with a new installment.
With a 20-35 player count, this new Call of Duty project will allegedly be an independent gaming experience, akin to Warzone at the moment.
DMZ supposedly has four unique maps in development. A key point noted by prominent insider ‘TheGhostOfHope’ is that these maps will be exclusive to the DMZ mode. Therefore, don’t expect to see them in Warzone 2.
“All of these maps differ considerably in design. Some are catered for open-world, others are more concentrated and dense,” the insider claimed.
While this DMZ mode will reportedly launch in Beta to begin with, a unique marketplace is expected to release alongside this initial testing phase. In this marketplace, players can supposedly ‘buy and trade’ unique items like Operator skins, weapon blueprints, and more.
Items earned or purchased through the DMZ mode or marketplace can then be used “across multiplayer and eventually Warzone 2,” early leaks claim.
Moreover, a Rainbow Six Siege-inspired mode is also in the works, prominent CoD insiders have claimed.
Known simply as Attackers v. Defenders, the unique mode boasts a more tactical approach to round-based combat.
Rather than going in guns blazing, teams first have to strategize. Players have access to new gadgets, traps, and can even use cameras to scout the opposition.
There’s still no confirmation from the developers on the maps that will feature in Modern Warfare 2, but it’s widely expected that some familiar arenas will make a comeback.
Tom Henderson claimed in an eXputer article that he had been able to confirm a number of classic maps from the 2009 Modern Warfare that will show up in the 2022 version.
He didn’t elaborate on whether or not these four will be the only returning maps, and there’s no doubt plenty of others that fans would love to see. There will also be a host of new maps, which we’ll catch a glimpse of when Infinity Ward gives us our first in-depth multiplayer reveal.
As always, take these leaks with a pinch of salt until we see confirmation from the developers.
It has been confirmed that Infinity Ward is currently developing Warzone 2 alongside its next main game.
The sequel to the CoD battle royale is expected to drop sometime in 2023, most likely to give players something to sink their teeth into while devs focus on 2024’s release.
With previous releases, like Vanguard or BOCW, the new games have been integrated into Warzone shortly after launch. It’s unclear how exactly this will work with Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.