Activision and Infinity Ward have revealed that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 release date is set for 28th October 2022. They’ve also released some artwork by plastering an angry looking Ghost onto a boat. Get it? Ship date? Shipping?
We now know when Modern Warfare 2 will be released, but there’s plenty that we still don’t have confirmed for us. For one thing, we don’t know the platforms that it will be available on – PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC are a certainty, but will Activision Blizzard be so bold as to leave behind the PS4 and Xbox One already? We’ll have to wait and see on that point.
The Modern Warfare 2 rumour mill has been spinning for several months now. For one thing, it was almost a certainty that it would be Infinity Ward’s turn at the helm, three years on from the hugely successful Modern Warfare reboot in 2019. Modern Warfare 2 will do a similar job of having to reimagine some of the ideas of the original 2009 sequel game, with speculation that it will take place largely in South America.
The artwork reveal has been for more than just Simon “Ghost” Riley, with Captain John Price, Kyle “Gaz” Garrick, John “Soap” MacTavish and Alejandro Vargas from Task Force 141 all present and correct. The new artwork for all these characters has revealed some details about where the game is set, with map outlines overlaid and seeming to match up to Mexico rather than South America – excellent Internet sleuthing to crack the case.
There’s also been rumours that we’ll see a new online PvE mode featured, potentially evolving the fan favourite Special Ops, but the real money maker will be Warzone. It’s currently expected that the slate will be wiped clean for Warzone 2, with a brand new version of the game released, as opposed to sweeping updates that add new themes and weaponry into the mix, as we saw for Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard.
Expect to hear and see plenty more confirmed over the next few weeks and months.
It’s no secret that while Call of Duty Vanguard was a solid entry in the FPS franchise, it didn’t perform as well as other recent instalments. As a result, it’s been claimed that Activision will move away from its annual release schedule, skipping 2023. The writing has been on the wall for a long time now with Warzone persistently evolving, reducing the need for a new game every year.
Jim gave Call of Duty Vanguard 9/10 in our review, saying: “The stars have aligned for Call of Duty: Vanguard. For the first time, this truly feels like a full package without any caveats,” we said. “Sure, some parts are naturally stronger than others but there isn’t a weak link in sight. After back to back triumphs, Call of Duty is now on a killstreak.”