Call of Duty new showcase event for Activision’s high-profile first-person shooter franchise took place on September 15, 2022, and with it came all sorts of new details regarding the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and its diverse new maps, modes, and gameplay creations. While demonstrates concerning Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 and its new map and side modes were a significant part of the event, the information shared about the mainline game’s multiplayer was equally engaging.
The presentation focused particularly on two all-new multiplayer maps coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at release, the first of which was Sarrif Bay, which is really a small segment of Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0’s Al Mazrah map. Sarrif Bay looks to be a relatively urban map that juxtaposes close-quarters building-to-building combat with gunfights that take place both on and in the water. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s swimming aspect—which was notably missing from its predecessor—seems to be a particular point of emphasis, and it’ll be fascinating to see how access to bodies of water can shake up standard Call of Duty gameplay.
The second new multiplayer map to be revealed was Mercados Las Almas, which appears to be a relatively standard urban environment with a three-lane design. Albeit standard fare for the Call of Duty series, some changes may have been made to adjust for the game’s new six-against-six game modes. One of these new modes will be Prisoner Rescue, which looks to be a retread of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s VIP Escort mode. The other is Knockout, a mode that’ll see teams vying to capture a package in the center of the map before time runs out.
The other significant new mode coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is Invasion. An evolution of the classic Ground War game mode, Invasion will be a twenty-on-twenty deathmatch that will make use of AI soldiers to thicken the fray and prevent teams from pushing too far into enemy territory. The mode will probably feel fairly familiar to those who committed to 20 v 20 campaigns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer feature and some are comparing it to the Battlefield franchise, albeit a bit more miniature in scope.
This is, of course, just a little portion of the details revealed during Call of Duty Next. From a new arsenal of weapons, deployables, and killstreaks to the all-new DMZ component of Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0, there’s quite a bit of information to catch up on regarding the next installment in the Call of Duty saga.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on October 28, 2022.