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Modern Warfare Season 2 trailer leaked: new maps, weapons, Battle Pass

Published: 10/Feb/2020 0:59 Updated: 10/Feb/2020 1:47

by Brad Norton

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Modern Warfare’s Season 2 trailer has leaked ahead of the February 11 update, revealing a slew of new information from maps such as Rust to additional weapons and more. 

While previous leaks gave a first-look at various Battle Pass details and hinted at the inclusion of certain maps in the seasonal update, the official Season 2 trailer has leaked ahead of time confirming a wide array of details.

From the heavily rumored return of Modern Warfare 2’s Rust map, to sprawling Ground War battlegrounds, and an entirely new Battle Pass, the leaked trailer revealed just what fans can expect when the Season 2 update is released.

The leaked trailer opens with a shot of fan-favorite Modern Warfare 2 character Simon “Ghost” Riley, as the iconic masked figure turns over the body of a downed soldier. 

Confirming previous teases, which indicated Ghost would be a playable Operator in Season 2, the character appears identical in the cinematic as to earlier visual leaks. 

The video then transitions to a fly-through of Rust, the popular Modern Warfare 2 map. Having been reimagined for the latest Call of Duty, this will mark the first playable iteration of the close-quarters stomping grounds since 2009. 

Maintaining both its appearance and layout, the trailer showcases all aspects of combat on the returning map, including the historic high ground vantage point.

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Rust will be playable again for the first time in 11 years.

Moreover, the leaked trailer unveiled a number of additional maps that are expected to be implemented with the major Season 2 update.

First on display was the Atlas Superstore location, which appears to be a new battleground for standard game types like Domination and Team Deathmatch. 

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Urzikstan, the home of a brand new Gunfight map known as Bazaar, also made an appearance in the trailer. This addition to the 2v2 playlist seems to feature frantic indoor and outdoor lanes for close and long-range engagements respectively. 

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The new Ground War map could be one of the biggest yet.

Zhokov Boneyard was revealed as the latest Ground War map to be implemented in Modern Warfare. With scattered plane wreckages across the massive battlefield, players are able to dip in and out of combat or even ride straight overhead in various other grounded vehicles. 

New weapons were also on display throughout the trailer, though not much can be discerned from the few seconds of footage. 

However, previous leaks indicated that two new weapons will be introduced: both the GRAU 5.56 assault rifle and the Strike 45 SMG.

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A look at the weapons linked with Season 2 of Modern Warfare.

The Season 2 update is set to be released on Tuesday, February 11 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

There’s no indicating the exact time for the major content drop, however, updates of this nature typically roll out at around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.

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Activision in talks to reduce fees owed by CDL & Overwatch League teams

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 22:35

by Theo Salaun

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Recent reports from The Esports Observer indicate that Activision Blizzard are in the midst of discussions to possibly reduce the amount the amount owed by Overwatch League and Call of Duty League franchises as part of their entry fees.

With all OWL and CDL plans derailed over the past year, Activision are reportedly trying to rework the hefty investments that organizations have made into their franchising opportunities. When the massive game development company pitched both leagues, neither was expected to be profitable in the short-term, but projections have taken an even greater hit due to current global restrictions.

A groundbreaking esports concept centered around the city-based model that is used in traditional sports, Activision required $20 million entry fees for the OWL’s first 12 teams and then fees in the range between $30 to $60 million for its next eight. For the CDL’s inaugural season, 12 teams needed to put up at least $25 million apiece, even more for cities that were in high-demand.

Now that the plans for local events have understandably shifted, neither league is expanding for their next season and ownership groups in both are looking for ways to save cash. As reported by The Esports Observer’s Adam Stern, this has engendered cost-cutting discussions with Activision’s latest new senior executive hire, Tony Petitti.

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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

Petitti, formerly Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner, was hired by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to a senior role involved with both of their leagues as the President of Sports and Entertainment. He joins Johanna Faries, a former National Football League executive, who brings a traditional sports perspective as the commissioner for both the CDL and OWL.

Given their experience with city-based sports leagues, Activision is likely aware of the profitability challenges that their current esport and sport investment groups are facing. As such, it should be no surprise that they are willing to have conversations about concessions that can make current projections fit closer to the original expectations.

As Stern reports, those discussions have included discounting some of the original entry fees: “one idea that is being weighed is reducing the amount of money they owe to the video game maker.” 

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Following in the OWL’s footsteps, the CDL also had huge enthusiasm for live events.

With Immortals Gaming Club selling their Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise to 100 Thieves and reportedly being interested in selling their OWL spot as well, many are wondering if franchise valuations have shifted.

Fortunately, it appears that the profitability projections have remained somewhat consistent despite current predicaments. As reported by Forbes’ Christina Settimi, 100 Thieves COO John Robinson would not set an exact figure on their LA Thieves purchase, but suggested that “franchise values have held up.”

Activision would likely want to avoid an exodus of owners, so these discussions to cut costs and protect brand health are reportedly ongoing.