The Summer Game Fest brought the reveal of a gameplay trailer for a new level called Dark Water, which takes the action to an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and has already gone down a storm with fans online. You can find out more about it below.
Activision has also revealed that players will be seeing Captain John Price and Taskforce 141 in the game, as expected, along with the operators Kyle ‘Gaz’ Garrick, Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley, John ‘Soap’ MacTavish and Alejandro Vargas. So that is quite a line up of characters to look forward to playing with.
So, when is the Modern Warfare 2 release date, and what else do we know about the plans for CoD in 2022 and beyond? Keep on reading to find out.
When is the CoD 2022 Modern Warfare 2 release date?
The CoD Modern Warfare 2 release date is October 28th 2022, the developers have confirmed.
On that date, players can expect to jump into the new paid-for Call of Duty game. However, in terms of free-to-play content, it remains to be seen if the Warzone 2 release date will occur on the same day or later in time.
When was the new Modern Warfare 2 revealed?
On Twitter, fans had begun predicting that Modern Warfare 2 would be revealed with a full trailer in early June 2022. Given that June is a traditional month for big gaming announcements to arrive (even when E3 doesn’t happen), that did sound plausible.
Summer Game Fest did seem like an obvious place to drop a big trailer, but the big reveal ended up coming on June 8th!
CoD 2022 Modern Warfare 2 story
CoD 2022 is a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare, as Activision has confirmed, which gives us some degree of a clue as to where the story could be headed.
We would, obviously, expect the game to be set in the modern day (or something close to it), as opposed to the distant future or military history.
Modern Warfare 2019 also ended with John Price making it clear that he planned to form Task Force 141 with operatives Johnny ‘Soap’ MacTavish, Kyle ‘Gaz’ Garrick and Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley, along with the playable characters Alex, Farah and Nikolai.
This task force undertook a number of operations in the original Modern Warfare series (which was rebooted by the 2019 title), and now we know that they will be squadding up again in the new game. Exactly who they’ll be fighting, though, remains to be seen.
Vaguely teasing the story in an official Call of Duty blog, the developers have said: “A global squad of iconic veterans and new legends of yet untold clandestine missions, these Operators are set to deliver a new era of Call of Duty when Modern Warfare II releases on October 28, 2022.”
CoD 2022 Modern Warfare 2 gameplay
Of course, you can probably expect the 2022 CoD game to be a first-person shooter with a number of multiplayer modes.
But look for some more impressive changes to the game when it launches as this will be the first CoD game to be designed on their new engine – which means it should look, play and feel better than the franchise ever has.
And not only that, Warzone will also benefit from the new engine too so that game will also be shinier than before. The version we currently have looks to be winding down in the coming months and a brand new Warzone 2, built on that engine, will be taking its place, with many of the same features as we have now no doubt including a changing map.
Another change that will almost certainly come as a relief is a change to AI. CoD’s AI players are well known to be, well, not the best, and that is something the team are keenly aware of and we should see improvements for Modern Warfare 2.
And that’s not all, as there will also be changes made to the weapon customisation, or Gunsmith as it’s known here, while Ricochet, the anti-cheat system, will be in the game from launch, which is a move we fully support. Cheating in a solo game is one thing, but any true gamer will know cheating in multiplayer is one of the biggest gaming sins going.
Here is the full gameplay reveal video so you can see what you’ll be in for with Modern Warfare 2.
And then we get a gameplay reveal for a level in the game called Dark Water. It was shown off at Summer Game Fest 2022 and here it is!
How will CoD 2022 Modern Warfare 2 impact Warzone?
As Activision revealed on the Call of Duty blog, “The new game and a new Warzone experience are designed together from the ground-up”, with Infinity Ward leading the development on both projects.
Fans have been told to expect “a massive evolution of Battle Royale with all-new playspace and a new sandbox mode”. That sounds to us like a total overhaul to Warzone, the free-to-play shooter that originally spun out from 2019’s Modern Warfare.
It seems like the current Warzone/Vanguard crossover will eventually end and pave the way for the new Warzone to launch, but that is strictly speculation for now.
What does this mean for CoD 2023?
While this Modern Warfare sequel is said to be on track to launch in 2022, it sounds like you could be waiting longer than usual for the next Call of Duty game after this one.
A report from Bloomberg recently claimed that a different CoD game, originally planned for 2023, has now been pushed back to 2024. Per Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, this decision was reportedly made “after a recent entry in the series failed to meet expectations”.
This decision was apparently “not related” to the fact that Microsoft bought Activision recently, although many speculated when that deal was made that it could prompt the Call of Duty franchise to move away from its traditional yearly cadence of new releases.
Bloomberg’s report also noted that, according to its sources, “Activision is working on other projects to fill the gap next year. A Call of Duty game set to come out this fall will receive a steady stream of additional content, and there will be a new, free-to-play online title next year.”
To our ears, this makes it sound like the 2022 CoD game (the Modern Warfare sequel) could have a longer-than-usual shelf-life in order to fill the gap left by its successor’s delay. It could receive a bumper roadmap of post-launch content, then, but only time will tell if all these reports and rumours are accurate.
CoD 2022 Modern Warfare 2 platforms
Will CoD 2022 be an Xbox exclusive, or will it also be available on PS4 and PS5? That question was raised by many when Microsoft, the makers of the Xbox consoles, announced their intent to acquire the CoD owners from Activision.
The answer could be this: CoD 2022 will launch on PlayStation consoles, as well as Xbox and PC, but other CoD games down the line may not release so widely. But we haven’t heard that from an official source just yet.
Another report from Bloomberg states that the next three Call of Duty games will launch on PlayStation, Xbox and PC, with Microsoft honouring a previous agreement between Sony and Activision.
This chimes with what all the parties involved have said publicly, but still, Activision made no mention of platforms when it announced the 2022 CoD game.
CoD 2022 Modern Warfare 2 pre-order
You cannot pre-order the 2022 CoD game just yet, with the new Modern Warfare sequel yet to appear at retailers such as Amazon, GAME and Currys. Until those product pages do start to appear, you could go back and play 2019’s Modern Warfare if you haven’t already.
Rumours and supposed ‘leaks’ suggest that there will be multiple different editions for players to choose from, which isn’t a massive surprise, with talk of a ‘cross-gen bundle’ and a ‘vault edition’ circulating on the web.
Is there a CoD 2022 Modern Warfare 2 trailer?
As we get closer to the Modern Warfare 2 release date on 28th October, you can expect to see more and more teases coming from Activision’s official social channels and websites.
There’s no trailer yet for the 2022 CoD game (unless you count the artwork reveal we embedded earlier), but we’ll be sure to update you when the first proper footage of the new Modern Warfare sequel does appear online. The latest rumblings point to June for a trailer reveal, so not too long to wait hopefully.
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