Call of Duty continues to dominate the video game space. No matter how you measure it — game sales, social media chatter, bets dropped at the popular BetUS sportsbook, and so forth — the franchise can’t seem to run out of momentum.
Yet, 2022 might be an even higher year for the game franchise that began in 2003. That’s because this year’s new edition is labeled Modern Warfare 2 — a reboot (not a remaster) of the original 2009 game that made dropping in-games nuclear bombs all the rage. Ahead of the release, we wanted to organize all the pertinent details we know about the highly-anticipated drop:
Modern Warfare 2 is a reboot of the original 2009 game. The reboot drops on October 29, which is on the early side for the franchise which is accustomed to November releases.
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Infinity Ward Is Back
COD diehards know that development responsibilities are shared between different studios — Raven Games, Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch, and fan favorite, Infinity Ward. Fan favorite because Infinity Ward is the O.G. developer of the series per se. They created the first-ever game, plus the Modern Warfare series which are generally regarded as the best ones.
Welp, Infinity Ward is back — for the first time since 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot which had a lot of acclaim of its own. That means the studio has been developing this game for about three years now amidst a global pandemic mostly. Speaking of which, 2023 will be the first year without an annual COD release due to those pandemic woes so in theory, players will have to get double the replay value out of Modern Warfare 2.
Story Features The Beloved Characters
Captain Price, Kyle “Gaz” Garrick, Sergeant “Soap” MacTavish, and Ghost — yep, they’ll be back in the single-player campaign mode. The group are the franchise’s most iconic characters, but they’ll be joined by a newcomer Colonel Alejandro Vargas, who is featured heavily in the game’s trailer.
The story picks up where 2019’s Modern Warfare left off. Rumors are South American will be the main location of the story, which is supported by the debut trailer which features Reggaton music. Fans of the original Modern Warfare 2 surely remember the Brazil-themed maps in that game. Favela, anyone?
Warzone 2 Is Coming
Warzone 2 will also be developed and released by Infinity Ward. The release date is unconfirmed but expected to be shortly after Modern Warfare 2.
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It’s safe to say the latest COD game, Vanguard, was met with “meh” response. Most players skipped the World War 2 shooter and stuck with Warzone, COD’s battle-royale-style game. That too was developed by Infinity Ward in 2020 in response to popular shooters like Fortnite and Apex Legends.
Details on Warzone 2 are slim aside from its being integrated with Modern Warfare 2. Though, you can expect the usual upgrades — improved game engine, new weapons and gadgets, and gameplay innovations (AI bots by the looks of it.) Given Infinity Ward is developing both, one would think the game’s would have overlap but that hasn’t been officially confirmed. Warzone 2 is expected to be released shortly after MW2, which leads us to our next point:
Earlier Call Of Duty Release This Year
For the longest time, Call of Duty has been associated with November releases — specifically around Veterans Day mid-month. However, Modern Warfare 2 is bucking that trend. The game is slated to be released on Friday, October 28, 2022.
The game will be released on BOTH old- and new-generation consoles. That means Playstation 4 and 5, Xbox One and X/S, and PC, of course. Per usual, no Nintendo release is expected. The online multiplayer will once again be cross-platform. Rumor has it this might be the final COD game released on old generation consoles, which makes sense if another COD game really won’t come out ‘til 2024.
MW2 Beta Is A Thing
Last but certainly not least, we wanted to confirm that yes, this new release will have a beta beforehand. That’s been a COD tradition for a number of years now and 2022 is par for the course.
Beta access will be granted to any pre order buyers. While an official drop date for the beta has yet to be announced, early rumors suggest September 15-19 will be open to Playstation pre-order buyers only (they have an exclusive window) before remaining platforms get it on September 22-26.