Modern Warfare 2 is nearly here, and we already know a great deal about returning maps, fan-favorite playlists and all-new modes alike. Here’s a complete breakdown of everything to expect at launch with MW2’s full release.
Activision has now shown off most components of Modern Warfare 2 now with the campaign getting a special look, and the multiplayer Beta letting fans get their first hands-on sessions in. Thus, we already know a great deal on what to expect for the final build.
The full launch on October 28 is drawing ever closer and Infinity Ward has already revealed a range of new content to get us excited for the release.
From an assortment of brand new game modes to a handful of returning maps there’s plenty arriving in the upcoming installment.
Here’s a full rundown of every confirmed map and mode for Modern Warfare 2 thus far, along with a number of likely inclusions.
- Every game mode in Modern Warfare 2
- Every map in Modern Warfare 2
Kill Confirmed is essentially a Team Deathmatch, except, rather than earning points for a kill, you will only get that point if you collect the enemy dog tag. The other team can deny your kill by collecting the dog tag instead, meaning you won’t get any points.
The team with the most enemy dog tags at the end of the time wins.
Invasion is a 32v32 deathmatch played on Ground War maps with AI. The mode runs similarly to Team Deathmatch, as players earn team points by eliminating enemies. Vehicles are available in this game mode.
The team with the most points at the end of the allotted time wins.
Among the new additions in Modern Warfare 2 is the Prisoner Rescue playlist. Taking heavy inspiration from the likes of Rainbow Six and CS:GO, this mode splits players across Attacking and Defending teams.
The goal of the Attackers is to either eliminate all Defenders, or escort two hostages to safety. For Defenders, it’s simply a matter of staying alive and keeping your prisoners locked down.
As the name implies, Knock Out is a unique mode in Modern Warfare 2 that gives teams just one life to prove themselves. Similar to Prisoner Rescue above, each player in Knock Out has just one life per round, but can be revived after going down.
Rather than hostages though, the objective here is to either hold onto a package for a 60 seconds or wipe out the enemy team to win the round.
While we know for certain that Gunfight will feature in Modern Warfare 2, there’s currently no guarantee of when it may arrive.
Infinity Ward has addressed the aforementioned Knockout as a spiritual successor of sorts, but the original Gunfight is still set to return “at some point”, devs have confirmed.
As always, the standard Team Deathmatch mode is back for another year in Modern Warfare 2. If you’re looking for the simplest mode of them all, where the only goal is to kill, this is the playlist for you.
Domination returns once again in Modern Warfare 2 as the three-flag mode has been a staple since 2007. Objectives are placed in three locations across a given map. Controlling them provides points over time, the more your team controls, the more points you earn.
First introduced in CoD Vanguard, Control pits two teams against each other, taking turns attacking and defending two objectives. Each team shares a pool of 30 lives; if the attacking team takes an objective, they gain more time to capture the second. The defense wins by letting the time run out or eliminating all 30 lives of the other team.
Popular competitive game type Hardpoint is back in Modern Warfare 2. In this mode, teams fight for control over a single rotating objective. The first Hardpoint location often appears in the middle of a map before rotating through a number of preset positions at a regular interval.
Search & Destroy
The classic round-based mode is confirmed for Modern Warfare 2 as Search & Destroy appears for another year. In this popular mode, teams take turns attacking and defending two bomb sites. With no respawns, playing your life in each round is crucial.
It wouldn’t be a CoD title without the old faithful Free-for-All. It’s every player for themselves, and the first to reach 30 eliminations ends the match, with the top three performers claiming victory.
Making a return for the first time since Modern Warfare 2019, Headquarters, informally known as King of The Hill, returns to Modern Warfare 2. Teams capture a set point in the map to gain points. Fans gravitate towards this game mode as it offers experience per time that the Headquarters is held.
Third Person Moshpit
Making a return for the first time since Modern Warfare 3 in 2011, third-person modes are back in Modern Warfare 2. Though they don’t exactly come in their own distinct playlists, just one third-person Moshpit was present in the Beta, mixing a handful of modes together with all players competing from a third-person POV.
Ground War returns to Modern Warfare 2 after first appearing in Modern Warfare 2019. Akin to Battlefield, two teams of 32 players fight to capture objectives on a large map.
Modern Warfare 2’s spin on the classic mode Hardcore features a playlist with less operator health, limited HUD elements, and friendly fire on. Multiple game modes support Tier 1 gameplay, but Activision did not specify which modes.
Activision confirmed every game mode coming at launch, but additional game modes getting introduced later down the line is always a possibility.
While these game modes won’t be included at launch, it’s safe to assume the trend will continue in 2022 with many of the most popular game modes returning either temporarily or permanently.
Below is a quick look at what we expect to see at some point in Modern Warfare 2:
- Capture the Flag
We now know that Modern Warfare 2 will feature 16 maps at launch. 11 will be base 6v6 multiplayer environments and 5 will be specifically designed for the 32v32 Ground War mode (detailed below as Battle Maps).
- Breenbergh Hotel
- El Asilo
- Mercado Las Almas
- Crown Raceway
- Al Barga Fortress
- Zarqwa Hydroelectric
- Santa Sena Border Crossing
- Farm 18
- Ground War
- Sariff Bay
- Santa Sena
- Zarqwa Hydroelectric
- Al Bagra Fortress
Infinity Ward confirmed five classic CoD maps in Warzone 2. While they’re strictly for the Battle Royale at present, there’s a good chance we could see a handful also separated into the multiplayer component as Core Maps in Modern Warfare 2.
Below is a quick look at the confirmed classic CoD maps on Al Mazrah.
- Quarry- Modern Warfare 2
- Highrise- Modern Warfare 2
- Observatory- Modern Warfare 3
- Showdown- CoD 4
- Terminal- Modern Warfare 2
A leaker who posted early images of some Modern Warfare 2 maps has also claimed to have images related to the following maps:
- Esports Gym
- Firing Range
- Floating Bay
- Mountain Town
Though most of these maps are new or were not a part of 2009’s Modern Warfare 2, like Firing Range, this could mean that Favela could potentially be returning to Modern Warfare 2 in 2022.
Rest assured, we’ll keep you updated here as further details emerge on Modern Warfare 2’s set of maps and modes.