It turns out, I like Call of Duty games a lot. I always knew I enjoyed them; I played pretty much every title that was released in the early 2000’s and CoD 4 was my first foray into the world of online multiplayer. But exploring my platform history on the Xbox 20th Anniversary Museum showed that not only did I really like CoD, my five most played titles over the last 14 years were all Call of Duty titles.
There’s plenty of other games I’m looking forward to this year, such as Bethesda’s Starfield, or the possibility of going up against the Court of Owls in Gotham Knights. But there’s always going to be an element of uncertainty with games like these, especially the former, which we still seem to know very little about, and I’ve been burned by the hype train before.
With Modern Warfare 2, I know it’ll be fine, even if it’s not ground-breaking. No need for tempered expectations. I mean, the game hasn’t even been announced yet, but we all know it’s coming, and could probably guess with a good deal of accuracy what game modes, weapons and equipment will be making an appearance in its multiplayer. But, despite that, I’m still really looking forward to it.
If I were to let my expectations get carried away just a little bit, it would be very cool to see a return of War mode. This mode made its only appearance in 2018’s Call of Duty: WWII and saw one team having to progress their way through a linear map by completing objectives, such as capturing a certain position, constructing a bridge, or escorting a tank, while the other team tried to stop them. Until Call of Duty: Warzone came along it was probably the most innovation CoD multiplayer had seen in years, but it was dropped after just one outing.
Speaking of Warzone, I’m also hoping Modern Warfare 2 can reinvigorate Call of Duty’s take on a battle royale. I was hooked immediately when the mode first launched back in March 2020, and so were a good number of friends who hadn’t played online in years, but the frequency with which we’d get together for a game slowed to a crawl with the integration of Black Ops Cold War, and the many balancing issues that caused, and we stopped completely soon after.
With the amount of issues Warzone is suffering from right now, particularly performance-wise on console, I’m hoping Infinity Ward, the team behind the Modern Warfare series and the architects of Warzone, can turn things around, perhaps with a fresh start and a new map.
This will also be the first Call of Duty title to be released following the news that Microsoft will be buying franchise publisher Activision. While it will probably have little impact on Modern Warfare 2’s development, it might just help with the game’s longevity.
Recent noises coming from Xbox headquarters suggest the yearly cycle of CoD might be coming to an end, with games instead being given longer post-release support. If this begins with MW2, this would be excellent news. 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot was well received, but post-launch support was dropped just under a year later despite fans calling for more.