Here’s Why Multiplayer Was Left Out of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

As we expected, the fear of cannibalization was too strong

Activision tried to surprise us with the unannounced launch of Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered, but the cat was out of the bag long before that. In mid-March evidence of Modern Warfare 2’s relaunch started to surface, and a week later, data miners found images hidden in the recent Modern Warfare DLC pack. Two days later, the trailer for the MW2 campaign was leaked. When we announced  that the MW2 campaign had launched, we speculated that Activision didn’t want to cannibalize Modern Warfare’s multiplayer mode, so MW2 multiplayer was left out. As it turns out, we were right, and work comes directly from Activision.

In a blog post late last night, the COD staff explained exactly why multiplayer and Spec Ops were left out of the MW2 remaster.

“Beginning with Modern Warfare last year, the focus has been to bring players together seamlessly in one unified online multiplayer playground.”

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But, that focus on one unified multiplayer playground doesn’t mean that all the great multiplayer maps from MW2 will be left forgotten about. In fact, there’s even a hint that more classic maps, like Rust, Shipment, Crash, and Vacant, will come to Modern Warfare:

“Rather than release a separate, multiplayer experience as a standalone pack, Activision and Infinity Ward are looking to bring more classic map experiences to new life within the Modern Warfare universe as it continues to grow and build over time.”

This news does make us question whether or not we can expect any major Call of Duty titles to show up anytime soon. It seems as if Activision is interested in using Modern Warfare remastered as a hub to launch older remastered content. Word has it that this year’s big COD title would be a remake of one of the Black Ops series. We were hoping we’d see Black Ops 2 along with what has been written in history as one of the best zombie modes to day, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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Robert Moore
Robert is an automotive expert and gaming fanatic that somehow manages to split his time between doing both and blending in some family time as well. His gaming history goes all the way back to Atari, the Commodore 64, and the original Nintendo, and he can proudly say that he’s owned every single mainstream console since, including duds like the Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo Wii. He currently owns a Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and a custom-built gaming PC. His all-time favorite games include Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (zombies, specifically), League of Legends, Diablo 3, and even a little World of Warcraft. Robert has been working as a journalist for nearly 15 years, primarily in the automotive segment and now in the gaming segment.

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