Modern Warfare 2 has officially been revealed to the world, as Call of Duty players gear up for the next installment of the iconic franchise.
After the success of Modern Warfare in 2019, Activision and Infinity Ward are putting out the next game in their reboot of the Modern Warfare trilogy, calling it Modern Warfare II — the same as the highly successful MW2 that was released all the way back in 2009.
Fans have been speculating about the game for months, especially since it’s rumored to be bringing Warzone 2 with it, with discussions around what it will play like, and how similar it will be to the classic CoD game.
With the reveal taking place on June 8, here’s what we learned about the new title.
- Modern Warfare 2 reveal trailer
- Major MW2 multiplayer changes
- Warzone 2 release confirmed
- Modern Warfare 2 Campaign
Modern Warfare 2 reveal trailer
The Modern Warfare 2 reveal trailer was shown off on the official Call of Duty YouTube channel, embedded above for you to easily hop in and watch.
It went live at 10am PT (1pm ET/6pm BST) on Wednesday, June 8, showing off what the CoD community can expect from the coming game.
Major MW2 Multiplayer changes
Full Modern Warfare 2 Gunsmith overhaul
The Gunsmith was hugely popular when it first arrived in Modern Warfare (2019) and it’s being changed up in Modern Warfare II.
Weapon Platforms allow users to unlock new guns in what is described as a “family tree” of guns. For example, you might level up an SMG a certain amount, and begin unlocking other guns that live within that platform.
As you play and level up guns, you’re building an arsenal of weapons, allowing you to blur the lines between an SMG and an Assault Rifle, for example.
Five new MW2 maps confirmed
Five new Modern Warfare 2 maps were confirmed with the reveal, including one inspired by an F1 Grand Prix circuit.
- Sariff Bay
- Grand Prix
- Farm 18 Training Facility
Movement and vehicles changes
There are a number of changes to movement, mobility, and vehicles coming to MW2 and Warzone 2. The improved water system allows players to traverse maps by swimming, and you’ll also be able to hang off of ledges.
As for vehicles, amphibious vehicles will be arriving to take advantage of all of the new water, while a helicopter troop carrier will make it easier to take your squad wherever you need to go. Not only that, but you’ll be able to lean out of vehicles to shoot enemies, too.
Warzone 2 confirmed for 2022
Warzone launched in March 2020 and became an immediate hit the world over, with top players from all other games descending upon Verdansk to fight it out in the Call of Duty battle royale.
Speculation around Warzone 2 has been rife for months, but it’s now been confirmed that “a new Warzone 2.0 experience” will be released this year, in 2022. This comes after numerous rumors that the game could be held behind closed doors into 2023.
Modern Warfare 2 campaign
With the new Call of Duty comes a brand new campaign, a continuation that comes three years after 2019’s Modern Warfare. Infinity Ward have even provided a huge host of details on the upcoming campaign and its opening missions, which will see TF141 operating across the globe.
One mission even looks set to be a spiritual sequel to CoD 4: Modern Warfare’s All Ghillied Up.
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Modern Warfare 2 is expected to usher in the next era of Call of Duty, and with some major changes coming to the multiplayer and Warzone, as well as a brand new campaign for players to sink their teeth into, it may well change the trajectory of Call of Duty completely.