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Activision explains why they're not remastering MW2 multiplayer

by Alan Bernal
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Activision have plans to include more maps from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 into the latest installment of the franchise instead of a direct remaster of 2009’s multiplayer mode.

The publishers for the legendary CoD series were quick to address any potential concerns that could arise after the surprise release of MW2's remastered campaign on March 31, which didn’t include a polished version of the renowned multiplayer component.

“Starting today, players can relive one of the most hallowed and talked-about story campaigns in gaming history with Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered,” Activision said in a Games Blog.

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MW2's campaign had memorable moments, but some are wondering what's to become of its multiplayer.

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Though their plans don’t extend to a revamped multiplayer mode, MW2 fans shouldn’t give up all hope to see spruced-up versions of popular maps.

“Beginning with Modern Warfare last year, the focus has been to bring players together seamlessly in one unified online multiplayer playground,” according to Activision.

Activision subsidiary and Canadian studios, Beenox, were the force behind the remastered version of MW2’s campaign that is now available on PS4 for about $20.

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IW and Activision could plan to incorporate MW2 multiplayer components into Modern Warfare 2019.

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Meanwhile, Infinity Ward and Activision could have something else in store for the release of the title’s beloved maps.

The developers will continue with their intentions of bringing “more classic map experiences to new life within the [Modern Warfare 2019] universe.”

Their approach, so far, has resurrected popular maps like Rust, Shipment, Crash, and Vacant into the 2019 title's multiplayer. At the same time, various classic settings have also been repurposed as locations in the recently-released Warzone battle royale.

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Campaign supporting character Ghost from Modern Warfare 2.

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It isn’t a stretch to imagine that IW will be exploring which additional MW2 maps to directly remaster into Modern Warfare’s multiplayer and new expansions of Warzone’s immense battlefield.

The Games Blog suggests the devs will be integrating elements from MW2 into 2019’s release “rather than release a separate, multiplayer experience as a standalone pack.”

Activision even mentioned MW2’s Special Ops, a mode where four players form a strike-team to complete multi-phased objectives, which are also not included in the Campaign Remastered.

It’s unclear if developers plan to bring back missions from 2009 in 2019’s mode, but a venture like that would be on track for the Special Ops April 30 release on Xbox One and PC.