There’s a ton of anticipation for Modern Warfare 2, and here’s everything that we know about Call of Duty 2022 so far, including the release date, a new mode called DMZ, and the game’s platforms.
Call of Duty fans are looking forward to the release of Modern Warfare 2, and there is a ton of speculation about the 2022 title since the developers have only just officially revealed the title and logo for the new CoD game.
Luckily, we’ve been able to gather details about the Modern Warfare sequel like the release date, new game modes, and platforms, as well as some interesting leaks about the game’s content.
Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty 2022.
What is Call of Duty 2022’s title?
Call of Duty is officially heading back to the present day, with the developers officially confirming Modern Warfare 2 to be the 2022 entry in their popular annual gaming franchise.
The developers stated “it should be obvious” that they’re working on the sequel after the huge success of 2019’s Modern Warfare, which has managed to sell over 30 million copies since its release.
On April 28, 2022, developers Infinity Ward also revealed Modern Warfare 2’s official logo. It blends the ‘MW’ of the 2019 title with the iconic green color scheme of 2009’s Modern Warfare 2.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 release date rumors
At the time of writing, the developers have not confirmed the exact release date for Modern Warfare 2, but they did state that the game would release sometime in Fall 2022.
This lines up with Activision’s record as most previous titles in this popular franchise were released between October and November, so it makes sense for Call of Duty 2022 to come around the same time.
Thanks to in-game files, we also know that Vanguard and Warzone Pacific could potentially end on a fifth season, as opposed to the traditional sixth. This could have an impact on Modern Warfare 2’s release date, but we will be sure to update this article once we have more concrete information.
Which studios are behind Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2?
According to leaker ‘RalphsValve,’ Modern Warfare 2’s development is a collaborative effort between 11 different developers. Infinity Ward is expected to be the lead studio with Treyarch also helping out.
Here are all the rumored Modern Warfare 2 developers:
- High Moon Studios
- Toys for Bob
- Infinity Ward Austin, TX
- Infinity Ward Poland
- Infinity Ward, LA
- Raven Software
- Sledgehammer Games
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2’s new engine
After Modern Warfare 2’s official announcement, Infinity Ward also confirmed that the 2022 Call of Duty title will be built on a brand-new engine, which the company has “been working on for years,”
This new engine is meant to improve players’ experience on all platforms, and the developers have also confirmed that they will use it to lay the foundation of a “new Warzone experience” in Warzone 2.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 maps
Both leakers RalphsValve and Tom Henderson claim that classic Modern Warfare 2 (2009) maps will arrive in CoD 2022.
In a video covering everything known about CoD 2022 so far, Henderson said that these maps have been taken from the scrapped Modern Warfare 2 Remastered, of which only the campaign released.
RalphsValve leaked five maps that players can expect to see in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. These are some of the most popular ones in the entire series and we might see them return.
Here are the returning Modern Warfare 2 maps:
Favela would pit players against each other in enclosed areas while Terminal provided some excellent sniping opportunities to Call of Duty players during long-range combat situations.
Highrise led to tons of 360, no-scope montages and birthed several world-famous CoD clans and Shipment is so popular that it’s currently still featured in titles like Call of Duty: Vanguard.
However, these are currently just leaks, and we might see the addition of entirely different maps in the final game once it arrives.
Call of Duty 2022 Warzone integration
Call of Duty 2022 will integrate with Warzone in the same way that Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard have, but is expected to bring a brand-new map. However, according to rumors and leaks, there are some key differences to note.
It is being reported that a sequel to Warzone is currently in development. Warzone 2 was first reported by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and later supported by well-known industry insider Tom Henderson.
Henderson has called Warzone 2 a “clean slate,” meaning it’s a brand-new game without any content from previous CoD games.
For everything you need to know about a possible Warzone sequel, you can take a look at our Warzone 2 guide where we’ve compiled a list of rumors and leaks associated with the title.
Call of Duty 2022 game modes
Tom Henderson claims that Modern Warfare 2 will come with a brand-new game mode – DMZ. While we don’t know exactly what the game mode will entail, the leaker described this mode as “MWII’s take on Escape From Tarkov.”
Henderson believes the mode will have been in development for over four years by the time Modern Warfare 2 releases, and you’ll drop into several locations and will have to plunder through abandoned homes, buildings, vehicles, crates, and corpses. He also said that the area has been made up of maps from the original MW2 which act as POIs.
From this description, it seems that DMZ will be one of the most grounded game modes in the upcoming title. Hopefully, it will make for an intense experience for Call of Duty 2022 players.
Attackers v. Defenders
Leaker RalphsValve has also claimed that MW2 will feature a Rainbow Six Siege-inspired mode called Attackers v. Defenders. However, leakers such as Tom Henderson have disputed the claim.
This mode will see players attack and defend objective sites while utilizing “hidden locations, booby traps and cameras.”
Attackers v. Defenders would have a revamped health system, and players are able to assign each of their squad members separate roles such as “Squad Leader.”
However, prominent CoD leakers TheMW2Ghost and Tom Henderson claim their sources say “it was a scrapped mode from MW19 and they haven’t heard or seen anything regarding it coming to MW II.”
Henderson did clarify that “It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not coming, but I’m inclined to believe people working on the project/or with very good connections at the studio.”
These two modes are only leaks or rumors at this point, so have yet to be confirmed. We’ll be sure to update this article as soon as we learn some more official information about Modern Warfare 2’s game modes.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 SBMM rework
Skill-based matchmaking has been one of the most controversial aspects of Call of Duty titles, and a report from CoD leaker ‘RalphsValve’ claims that the developers could be aiming to revise the SBMM to be “less debilitating” in Modern Warfare 2.
According to this leak, the devs aim to make games feel less strict, but Modern Warfare 2 could still keep the controversial feature of disbanding lobbies after each game comes to an end.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 Perk changes & Last Stand return
Call of Duty leaker ‘TheGhostOfHope’ claims that the Perk system will receive a major change in Modern Warfare 2 that will allow players to choose four Perks rather than the traditional three.
The leaker also claimed that the Last Stand Perk will return, allowing players to be downed with their pistol out before dying. However, it will now act as a Field Upgrade rather than a Perk.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 platforms
According to Henderson, Modern Warfare 2 will be available on Both current-gen and past-generation consoles.
Both Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard are cross-gen Call of Duty titles, and these leaks suggest that Modern Warfare 2 will continue this trend. However, it may be the last one to do so.
“It’s currently believed that this will be the last Call of Duty coming to past generation consoles, but it will ultimately depend on the console market conditions,” Tom Henderson tweeted.
Call of Duty 2022: Modern Warfare 2 campaign leaks
Back in September, individuals on Reddit and Medium blog noticed a back-end server opening into NVIDIA’s GeForce technology site that let them see the games being tested out on their servers.
One of the games by Activision and Infinity Ward was listed as “Project Cortez,” which is a possible codename for Modern Warfare 2. After this, some new potential plot details for Call of Duty 2022 were shared by VGC.
According to the leak, “Modern Warfare’s sequel will include a campaign involving US special forces fighting a covert war against Columbian drug cartels.” This was also backed up by Tom Henderson.
Henderson has also said that the AI will see significant improvements from previous CoD games, where they’ll act realistically to getting shot.
It’s worth keeping in mind that these are currently just leaks, and this information has yet to be verified by the developers themselves. Until they officially announce something, you should take this with a grain of salt.
For more Call of Duty content, you can check out how Vanguard players reveal features they don’t want to see in Modern Warfare 2.
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