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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 2023: Release Date, Trailers & Platforms

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According to a verified social media leak, the yearly Call of Duty franchise, which dates back to 2005, won’t release a new main-series game in 2023 but will instead see a campaign extension for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remake. A pricey “best hits map collection,” including multiplayer maps from 2009’s Modern Warfare 2 and other fan favorites, would be “issued for MWII Year 2,” according to Twitter source TheGhostOfHope. Jason Schreier of Bloomberg, who broke the news that Call of Duty would not return in 2023 (in February), agreed that Activision would sell “new content for MW2” in 2019: “an expansion or something like that” with a single-player campaign component.

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Additionally, Schreier stated in February that Treyarch was working on a “new free-to-play online product” that will debut in 2023. The Black Ops plot that Treyarch has been developing since 2010 will be included in the Call of Duty game that will be released in 2024. Activision stated that it had “an exciting schedule of premium or free-to-play Call of Duty adventures for this year, next year, and beyond” in response to the rumors that surfaced in February.

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At the end of October, the newly updated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will go on sale. On November 16, Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0, the series’ upcoming free-to-play battle royale, will be released. Both will be accessible on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. Since its 2003 launch, the Call of Duty franchise’s main game has only “skipped” one year, to 2004. The military shooter’s development has been rotated among Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software since 2005 in order to release a new game each fall. The production of a full-strength Call of Duty still follows a fairly strict schedule, albeit taking three years.

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When Sledgehammer Games’ production of what would become Call of Duty: Vanguard encountered issues with support studio Raven Software in 2019, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was bumped up one year, to 2020. Even though 2023 will mark the series’ 20th anniversary, it makes sense for Treyarch to take a break after pinch-hitting in 2020 while on a two-year hiatus. Dan Bunting, who had been Treyarch’s co-lead for development since 2003, also abruptly quit the company last year. After a Wall Street Journal article claimed that Activision CEO Bobby Kotick had shielded Bunting from a sexual harassment lawsuit, he left the company.

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A missed year also makes sense in light of Microsoft’s ongoing $68 billion acquisition of Activision, which was first revealed back in January and is still awaiting permission from American and European regulatory authorities. Sony claims Microsoft’s public position is “inadequate” in light of Call of Duty’s disproportionate dominance in the console gaming industry, even though Microsoft has stated it plans to keep creating and releasing Call of Duty for rival PlayStation systems.

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According to PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan, Microsoft only promised to continue distributing Call of Duty on the PlayStation “for three years after the present agreement with Activision and Sony ends” in “a private business meeting” in September.

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A premium expansion is apparently coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in late 2023. The newest installment in Activision’s annual shooter game will receive a paid “Campaign DLC” next year, according to reputable source TheGhostOfHope. According to Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, who confirmed the allegation, the MW2 remake will have some “new stuff” when it is released in 2024. On October 28, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 will be released on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 DLC, which is being created to commemorate the franchise’s 20th anniversary, was given some important details by the tipster last week.

The compilation dubbed the “best hits map pack,” is anticipated to contain timeless multiplayer maps from the 2009 Modern Warfare 2 as well as other maps from the series. Activision stated in its August 2022 Q3 earnings report that it intended to deliver “new premium content” in 2023. This happened immediately after news broke that the publisher would be skipping a yearly cycle of releases for the first time in 20 years.

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