Everything We Know About Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty: Vanguard is live and while we are having fun on Caldera, we already got news for the upcoming CoD 2022. In this article, we will keep you up to date about the latest news and leaks for Modern Warfare II – that seems to be the name of Call of Duty 2022.
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Even though we are still grinding Vanguard, we already got a lot of news about next year's Call of Duty 2022. You probably already know that it will be a follow-up to 2019s Modern Warfare and therefore be called Modern Warfare II, but that is by far not all we know about CoD 2022. Thanks to leakers like TomHenderson or Ralph on Twitter, we have info about the name, the campaign, multiplayer and much more. In this article, we will collect all the latest news and leaks for Modern Warfare II and constantly keep you up to date, so make sure to check back regularly.

Modern Warfare II (2022) Official Trailer

Modern Warfare 2 was officially revealed with this trailer:

Hype.

Modern Warfare II (2022) First Gameplay Trailer

During the Summer Game Fest 2022, first gameplay of Modern Warfare 2 was shown. We saw a campaign mission on a big tanker, which reminds us a lot of the classic ship mission in the original Modern Warfare. It looks awesome and makes us even more hyped. Check out the gameplay trailer here:

Modern Warfare II (2022) Release Date

Modern Warfare 2 will release on October 28, 2022, as confirmed by Call of Duty:

Hype.

Modern Warfare II Alpha & Beta Testing

According to known insider Ralph, the Modern Warfare II alpha will begin in August 2022:

We should start seeing live internal Gameplay during the month of July, whilst the general public will be able to play firsthand in early August.

The Alpha will once again incorporate the incredibly successful, Gunfight; a four-player, two-versus-two mode. A minor prelude for the more fleshed-out beta following soon after.

This timescale would be very similar to the last few year's Call of Duty titles, so we're confident in this leak.

Modern Warfare II Editions

A Vanguard update has already leaked the editions for Modern Warfare II that will be available in the future. In total, we know of 3 different editions so far:

  • Standard Edition
  • Cross Gen Bundle
  • Vault Edition

The first two editions are self-explanatory, but the Vault Edition is the ultimate version of MWII. Besides the game, it also includes the Battle Pass with 50 tier skips, early access to the beta and a lot of exclusive cosmetics.

Modern Warfare II Returning To Steam

Yes, that's right, for the first time since the franchise moved to Battle.net with Modern Warfare 2019, Call of Duty will also be available on Steam again with Modern Warfare II. Here's the matching tweet from the gaming platform itself:

Here, we already talked about what this means for us gamers.

Modern Warfare II Will Introduce Map Editor

RalphsValve just revealed that Infinity Ward and Treyarch plan on integrating a map editor into their games to incorporate more community feedback. We all know that map designs are a controversial topic among the CoD fans and the recent CoDs have showed us why we need a map editor – I'm talking to you MW 2019.

According to this newest leak, players will be able to edit existing maps. You'll be able to make simple changes, that alter the gameplay experience, so all you Picasso's can go nuts and show the studios what a good map looks like.

In this editor, you'll be able to modify spawn points, objectives and restrictions. That's not all, you also have the choice to change the scenery and its properties (crates and containers). Once you've edited a map, these changes will be closely looked at and verified if they are usable. So you can't go in there and just create a bunch of garbage and troll maps.

Apparently, this is a feature that has been discussed for several years now and Infinity Ward and Treyarch finally agreed to put it into their game. Treyarch will also be implementing this feature into their 2023 free-to-play title. This feature will hopefully improve the player experience and is a great step in community involvement.

Modern Warfare II Comes With New Engine & FOV Slider

Pretty cool news, but there is also a sad part about it... first of all the positive: Modern Warfare 2 will be released on consoles with a FOV Slider. That's great, and if you wanted to have all the info about it, you should read our article – there you'll find out everything there is to know.

Now for the negative: Until then, console players will have to wait patiently for this particular feature – it won't be implemented into the current Warzone yet, for example. The reason for this is that the developers don't necessarily trust the old console generation to maintain a suitable frame rate with an FOV slider.

To conclude this short update, here is some positive news again: Modern Warfare II is built on a brand new engine. If the game feels even smoother than MW 2019 did, then we're in for a pretty good year, my friends!

Will Modern Warfare II (2022) Have a Campaign?

Yes, Modern Warfae II will, of course, have a campaign and the games seem to be set in South America. Thanks to Ralph on Twitter, we also have quite a lot of details about the campaign. According to the leak, we will be able to interact with our companions and, for example, request room clearance. We also have to make choices during the campaign that will have impact on the story. Here is a quick rundown of two missions by Ralph:

  • Mission 1: Task Force 141 and several other members of the domestic military have been tasked with infiltrating what’s assumed to be a safe house cell holding information on a drug lord, of an international crime syndicate based in Ciudad Juárez, dismantling the upper echelon of the organization. You’re allowed the option of deciding whether to go in, guns blazing (ramming down the gate), or covertly. Throughout the raid, choices you make will determine who on your team will die.
  • Mission 2: Task Force 141’s vehicle is ambushed by heavy fire from an unknown position, the character you're playing as is shouting out for his teammate to hand him a weapon, during the struggle, he is then shot (he is heard gurgling on his own blood and moaning). You’re tasked with grabbing his weapon before diving back behind the cover of the armored patrol vehicle (new feature?) and fending off approaching combatants. As mentioned, your character is visibly scared: trembling during ADS, panting, and swallowing, which triggers a sequence where the weapon jams. Fast-forward, domestic military police show up, though due to the frenzy, they have their weapons tracked on you and your team. TF141 members are heard whispering, believing they are the Cartel disguised as Domestic Military; you decide whether you shoot them or not.

We also got an official list with returning Operators from the Modern Warfare franchise:

  • Cpt. Price
  • Ghost
  • Gaz
  • Soap
  • Vargas

Multiplayer

We also have quite a lot to say about the multiplayer. New modes, perks, maps and weapons have already been leaked, and we will list them all for you. So what is new, and what will return to Modern Warfare II's multiplayer?

Maps

The multiplayer maps in MWII are said to be "traditional" and stick to the Infinity Ward feel. Several leakers have already confirmed on Twitter that some popular MW2 maps will return. Five popular all-time favorite maps have already been leaked by Ralph and Tom Henderson also talks about the return of these maps.

  • Favela
  • Terminal
  • Highrise
  • Shipment
  • Quarry

Apart from these classic remakes, some new leaks surfaced that showed some of the other maps rumored to be in MW2. These 4 maps have been leaked:

  • Grand Prix
  • Oilfield
  • Museum
  • SOBA
  • Catedral
  • Fishtown

All of these maps look super bright and colorful, which is usually Treyarch's style, but we ain't complaining. Apart from the color palette, three of these maps are based on real life locations. Museum is based on the Getty museum in California. Grand Prix, as the name suggests, is supposedly the racetrack in Singapore. Lastly, we have Catedral, which is Cathedral in Spanish, and contrary to what you might think, this map won't feature a cathedral. Instead, La Catedral is a luxury hillside prison that was built for Pablo Escobar. This map will overlook Medellín in Colombia, which is where the new Warzone map will be located.

Weapons

The tweet provides us with a huge list of weapons, and boy are we excited!

Assault RiflesMK47
DT MDR
Beretta ARX-160
AK (multiple variants)
ACR
SMGsMP5K
MP9
MP7
UMP45
VZ.61
Marksman RiflesKel-Tec RFB
M110 SASS
ShotgunsSPAS-12
Savage M24
PistolsAMT Hardballer
Beretta

CZ P-09

SnipersBFG-50
CheyTac Intervention
Lever-ActionWinchester 92
Browning BLR
Savage M99
LaunchersRPG-7
KnivesKarambit
Combat Knife
Butterfly Knife

Also, Modern Warfare II's Gunsmith will apparently get more options but returns to 5 attachments again. Infinity Ward seems to be featuring a lot of different caliber attachments (like in CoD: Vanguard). The leak mentions calibers such as .300 AAC Blackout, .485, .45 ACP, 7.62, .350 Legend, and .450 Bushmaster. Of course, it will also have a huge selection of hand-guards, muzzles, magazines and all the other attachments we know and love from Modern Warfare. According to another tweet it will be possible to build various weapons with attachments via the Gunsmith, like in MW2019. In MW2019, for example, you could build the G36 assault rifle from the Holger LMG with the appropriate attachments.

What is even more interesting, though, is the claim that we will be able to customize our weapons mid-match, like in Battlefield 2042. I personally don't know if this is needed in really fast-paced CoD multiplayer matches, but it definitely sounds like a cool idea.

The latest leaks also talk about different camo styles for the weapons in MWII. Among the new styles, there will be glossy, matte, oiled, rusty and metallic ones. In addition, the game is supposed to put a lot of focus on personalizing your weapon. But for real, what else are they going to do. Camos, stickers, weapon charms, etc. have been around forever in CoD, so what else do they want to add?

Game Modes, Perks & Operators

Modern Warfare II's multiplayer will also feature the following:

  • Classic minimap will return
  • Ricochet Perk (bullets will ricochet off walls)
  • Bounty Hunter Perk
  • Extraction type mode
  • Floor is Lava mode
  • Uplink mode
  • Hostage mode

Of course, field upgrades and Operators will return as well.

Perks

These are some of the perks that were leaked, and will supposedly be making a return in MW2:

  • Amped
  • Engineer
  • Restock
  • Ghost
  • High Alert
  • Overkill
  • Battle Hardend
  • Kill Chain
  • Scavenger
  • Shrapnel
  • Cold Blooded

None of these perks should be a surprise. It's just part of your classic CoD perk package that comes with all the Call of Duty titles. We already know that MW2 will feature a new perk system, where you can choose two perks from the first tier, so this list will definitely grow as more leaks come out.

Operators

Apart from some map leaks, @RealiityUK also leaked some of the operators that will be in MW2. It looks like the Shadow Company will be returning.

  • Gunnar
  • Fender
  • Chili
  • Hutch
  • Kilgore
  • Stiletto
  • Shadow Company (5 operators)
  • SAS (4 operators)

Due to copyright concerns, we can't include any pictures, so for now, we only have the names of these operators, and two of the fractions that will be coming in MW2. We can tell you that our beloved Roze will be returning to the Shadow Company. Let's hope they don't have many dark corners in Warzone 2.

Gameplay

We were told about a ton of the new gameplay changes when the game was given it's first official reveal trailer on June 9, 2022. Here's a breakdown of the most important elements:

  • Climbing mechanics: One of the biggest innovations to movement in MW2 will be the new ability to climb up and down, and even hang on to ledges. This might not be welcomed in a multiplayer environment if it opens up too many unintended lines of sight, but we'll reserve judgement for now.
  • Tactical movement: In Modern Warfare 2, we've recently discovered that you will be able to rappel up and down buildings, and even shoot upside down. It's all sounding very Rainbow Six. You can read more about the new movement here.
  • Swimming: Swimming is finally going to be a part of Call of Duty. In previous games, we've only been able to swim as part of cinematic set-pieces during the campaign, but now we will be able to swim in Co-Op, Multiplayer, and Warzone. We can swim on the surface, or dive below and stay stealthy. You can read about swimming here.
  • New Gunsmith: The gunsmith will be getting a huge overhaul, and now you will be able to unlock attachments in a skill-tree style progression system. This means that if you unlock a type of attachment for SMGs, then it will be unlocked for all SMGs not just one weapon.
  • Attachment tuning: Individual attachments can now be customized with extreme precision. Barrels, for instance, can be made heavier or lighter. The heavier they are, the less recoil they will have, but they will suffer from ADS penalties as they become heavier. This could prove too complicated for most fans, but we'll see.
  • Bots in low-skilled lobbies: Bots are going to populate some of the lowest-skilled lobbies. But this is more of an accessibility issue, with the hope being that the game can become more enjoyable for handicapped players, or those who are simply very low-skilled. Bots aren't expected to be in a majority of lobbies.
  • Vehicles: The vehicles will be far more lifelike than they have been in the past. Once they hit a body of water, they will slow down then start to fill with water and slowly sink, for instance. You can also shoot out tires now, and the cars will respond by being more difficult to drive.

Will Modern Warfare II Have SBMM?

Yes, like every CoD, it will have some kind of SBMM. What does surprise us, is that Infinity Ward apparently wants to introduce Bot Pools. If your stats are eligible, you can enter a PvPvE lobby. With their new reworked AI system, the bots will be able to track and match a player's skill level throughout a match. Sounds amazing, but only time will tell if it really works...

It also seems to be confirmed that disbanding lobbies are here to stay. In the past, lobbies simply remained after the match and were filled up with new players, which means that you can play together with the same players for longer, but also that the loading times between matches are shorter. In recent years, however, this system was replaced with disbanding lobbies and is probably not to return as soon.

DMZ: The Third Mode in MWII

MW2019 came with campaign, multiplayer and Spec Ops. MWII will replace the Spec Ops mode with a new game mode called DMZ, that was previously also called Premise. According to leaker Ralph, the new mode will be similar to the Hazard Zone mode from Battlefield 2042 or Escape from Tarkov. Tom Henderson called the mode DMZ from the beginning, but talks about the same things that were already leaked by Ralph.

After briefly assuming that the DMZ Mode would be released as a free-to-play title in 2023, we now know thanks to Tom Henderson that while the mode will indeed be released after MWII's release – presumably in early 2023 – it won't be free-to-play. Just like Spec Ops or Zombies, it will act as a third mode in MWII, but could possibly still switch to a free-to-play model at a later date.

According to the latest information, the third mode will be "open world" and procedurally generated. DMZ is thus supposed to offer different missions, AI opponents, weather and events. In addition, the mode is supposed to have been in development for about 4 years. If this is true, we might be in for something really big...

How Will DMZ Work?

The objective in DMZ is to find and extract loot on different maps. Players can loot buildings, corpses, vehicles and crates and exfiltrate with the loot at different locations on the map – at least if you have met the requirements to do so. Those who die can be looted and lose all equipment and loot.

There will be a 'bazaar' where several AI merchants are gathered who will give you missions and trade with you.

The gunsmith in DMZ is based on a point system where you have to buy attachments with a certain currency. Points are earned directly by playing. According to a new leak, however, weapons can also be traded for points.

The mode will be much slower than the usual CoD multiplayer matches and will have a big focus on armor – probably similar to Warzone. There will also be loadouts, which should play a big role.

DMZ is supposed to be designed for 20-35 players and will probably already be playable in the beta. At launch, there will only be solos, followed by duos, trios and quads. DMZ will also be playable independently of multiplayer.

Will Modern Warfare II (2022) Be Integrated Into Warzone?

Yes, Modern Warfare II (2022) will most likely be integrated into Call of Duty's Battle Royale Warzone. All we know so far, is that there will be a new map comprised of a blend of MW2 maps and new POIs. There will also be a new limited time mode called Prop Hunt, a ranked mode, destructible environment and new vehicles. Just take a look at Ralph's tweet:

Will There Be A Modern Warfare III?

No. According to leaker Ralph, Modern Warfare II will be the last title of the reboot series and the company wants to focus on new games in the future. With the takeover of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, things will change in the future. It is already being discussed whether Call of Duty will no longer be released annually in the future and Xbox exclusivity is also in the cards. Even though it was just assured that at least the next 3 games will still be released for all consoles.

Keep in mind that all the above info is purely based on leaks! Nothing has been officially announced yet, and everything is subject to change.

Are you hyped for Modern Warfare II (2022) already? Even though the new leaks do sound pretty awesome, we will put some time into CoD: Vanguard and the new Warzone map Caldera first, before we allow ourselves to get too hyped for CoD 2022.