Infinity Ward, the creator of Call of Duty, has confirmed what many expected: their upcoming entry in Activision’s long-running shooter series will be called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Yes, that’s the same title as the same studio’s 2009 hit – which, sorry, is now 13 years old.
Last night, Infinity Ward disclosed the name, along with the game’s logo, on Twitter. To me, it appears to be MIIW rather than MWII. Others, meanwhile, have compared it to Nine Inch Nails.
This new Modern Warfare 2 is the fifth major game in the Modern Warfare subseries from Call of Duty. It’s also a prequel to the 2019 Modern Warfare remake, which at least had the decency to have a somewhat different name from the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare from 2007.
Activision has also promised a new free-to-play Call of Duty Warzone “experience” that will be released later this year, however, it is unclear if it will be a sequel or a makeover of the existing Warzone.
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Following that, the franchise will take a historic hiatus in 2023, with no new big-budget packaged release that autumn.
Activision released updated player data earlier this week, revealing that interest in Call of Duty had declined significantly over the previous 12 months, while the publisher has also been rocked by claims over its working methods. Meanwhile, employees at Raven Software, the developer of Call of Duty, are continuing their unionization efforts.