Leaks already point to the next Call Of Duty being a Modern Warfare sequel and now it sounds like it’ll just be called Modern Warfare 2.
With Sledgehammer Games working on this year’s Call Of Duty: Vanguard, the Call Of Duty development cycle dictates that Infinity Ward is handling next year’s entry. Which seems even more likely given the studio recently announced it has opened a new office in Austin, Texas and that it’s hiring new employees.
Since Infinity Ward’s last game was the 2019 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot, it was always safe to assume that its next game would be a sequel and that’s exactly what leaks last month suggested.
But, while it sounds like said sequel won’t be a re-telling of the original Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Activision may be playing it safe in terms of the title. According to insider Tom Henderson on Twitter, the 2022 game will lack a unique subtitle and just be called Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
While the original Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 released in 2009, a remastered version of its campaign mode only came out last year. So, having two currently available games with the same name seems like it could cause confusion, at least at retailers.
Henderson does specifically spell the name with Roman numerals though, making it Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare II. Which may perhaps be Activision’s way of differentiating the two.
As for where Henderson claims to have obtained this information, he says that he has seen artwork for the game which includes the game’s title. He does stress that names can change during development and since the game won’t be releasing for another year, there is plenty of time for Activision to change its mind.
Over the last year, Henderson has proven to be a reliable source of information for Call Of Duty and Battlefield in particular. Not only was he one of the leakers of the 2022 game’s existence (sharing its premise and codename) but he also frequently shared details on Battlefield 2042 before it was announced, most of which were later proven correct.
As a reminder, Activision has been hit with lawsuits over the last few months. In July, the state of California filed a lawsuit over the company’s alleged ‘frat boy’ workplace culture, accusing it of allowing sexual harassment and other discriminatory practices to take place.
Activision was also being investigated by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), but it avoided a court case by agreeing to a paid settlement of $18 million (£13.2 million).
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