Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Latest Leaks, Rumours, Warzone 2.0, Multiplayer, and More

Tahmid Shihab Murshed
By Tahmid Shihab Murshed
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is on the horizon, and leakers and data miners are getting their hands on key game details ahead of the official reveal. Here’s everything we know about the most anticipated Call of Duty game of 2022.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is Infinity Ward and Activision’s upcoming title for 2022. The game is set to be an official sequel of the hit title Modern Warfare (2019). The official logo for the game was revealed a few weeks ago, and since then, leaks and rumors have started surfacing. Here is everything we know about the upcoming title.

With Activision switching to a 2-year game cycle, the game is expected to release in Fall 2022. The leaks suggest that the game will put Task Force 141 against cartels. So, in typical CoD fashion, expect brutality and real-life situations with altered events to play a critical of the game’s plotline. We will see Captain Price leading Task Force 141 with returning old school characters Kyle “Gaz” Garrick, Johnny “Soap” Mactavish, and Simon “Ghost” Riley.

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Modern Warfare II’s Campaign Leaks

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The campaign is titled “Project Cortez”. The AI has been significantly reworked with AI being more intelligent than before, adapting to the different playstyles, and reacting to situations differently than before.

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Modern Warfare II’s New Engine

The engine in Modern Warfare (2019) was a game-changer for Infinity Ward, introducing new mechanics like slide canceling, mounting, gunsmithing, and improved movement. However, the engine had numerous issues, including frequent crashes, longer loading times, frame drops, and system bricking.

Following the official announcement of Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward confirmed that the 2022 Call of Duty title will indeed be built on a brand-new engine that the company has “been working on for years.” This new engine is intended to improve players’ experiences across all platforms. The development teams have confirmed that it will be used to lay the groundwork for a “new Warzone experience” in Warzone 2.0.

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Modern Warfare II’s SBMM

SBMM or better known as Skill Based Matchmaking was introduced with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), which has been a massive source of discontent for fans. The SBMM will be dialed down a bit in the new title, with AI’s figuring the player skill-cap, which will later be used to determine the lobby the player would get connected to. This will help counter the smurf issue, where experienced players create new IDs to dominate lower-level lobbies.

Modern Warfare II’s Maps

Modern Warfare II will see five maps returning from previous titles. The community highly requested these maps since the release of Modern Warfare (2019).

The returning Modern Warfare 2 maps:

  • Favela
  • Highrise
  • Shipment
  • Terminal
  • Quarry

New Game Modes


DMZ is described as an Escape From Tarkov alike game mode. Players will be dropped in a specific location. After that, they can plunder through buildings, landmarks, crates, and more. Once they are done looting, they can extract their loot. However, other players will be able to intercept and takeover the loot if they manage to win the gunfight.

The game mode will be featured in the upcoming closed and open beta for Modern Warfare II. According to developers, DMZ will be the hardest mode in the game, with strict SBMM and penalties for losing loot.

Attackers & Defenders

Leaker “RalphsValve” has claimed that Modern Warfare II is set to feature a game mode loosely based on the popular Ubisoft game title Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege.

This game mode will feature two teams, “attackers” and “defenders,” where attackers will attack or defenders will hold sites utilizing new gadgets and tech. It will also feature roles such as “Squad Leader,” “Anchor” and “Slayer”. The maps in this game mode will be based on popular POIs from previous Modern Warfare titles.

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The game mode was scrapped from Modern Warfare (2019) for engine complexities, however, these game modes are only leaks at this point and are yet to be confirmed. So, take them with a grain of salt.

Ranked Play

The game mode is similar to Vanguard’s Ranked Play. It will follow CDL guidelines and restrictions. Treyarch will be overlooking the game mode, considering their previous records with Ranked Play, MWII seems to be in good hands.

Studios Currently Working on Modern Warfare II

Modern Warfare II is being developed by the biggest collaborative development team effort. With 12 different studios working simultaneously on the campaign, multiplayer, Spec Ops, Warzone, and many more game modes. Infinity Ward seems to be in the lead of the whole project.

All Modern Warfare II developer studios:

  • Infinity Ward Austin, TX
  • Infinity Ward Poland
  • Infinity Ward, LA
  • Treyarch
  • Beenox
  • Activision
  • Raven Software
  • Sledgehammer
  • Demonware
  • High Moon Studios
  • Toys for Bob

Described as a “Once-in-a-generation” title, the game seems to be Activision’s ambitious project to restore the pride of the Call of Duty series. However, fans are worried after the recent failure of “Battlefield 2042,” as the title is currently facing serious problems with development.

Modern Warfare II Release Date and Platforms

According to Tom Henderson, a reputed leaker, Modern Warfare II will be the last Call of Duty title to be released on both current-gen and last-gen consoles.

With last-gen consoles barely being able to handle Modern Warfare (2019)’s engine with huge game files and VRAM requirements, it will be a tedious job for Infinity Ward to port the game for last-gen consoles.

There is no official release date for the game, but judging by the previous release dates, the game might get released during the holiday season this year. Leakers have suggested that the game might get a late November release following the end of Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Season 5.

It’s important to remember that these are currently just leaks, and the developers have yet to confirm the information. As a result, take these leaks with a grain of salt until they make an official announcement.

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Tahmid Shihab Murshed is an FPS writer at GameRiv. Born with a knack for gaming, he has played all types of games out there. He has a heartfelt love for Call of Duty, and other shooter titles out there.