The second edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been released

The second edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been released

The next installment of Developer Infinity Ward''s long-running Call of Duty shooter series, previously confirmed to be near-future sequel Modern Warfare 2, will be launched on 28th October. Platforms have yet to be revealed.

In February, Activision Blizzard released Modern Warfare 2 as a standalone sequel, with a logo and little more after months of rumours and a tease from the publisher, with the publisher''s name.

Despite the release date still being out in the wild, Activision Blizzard''s new release trailer (quickly devoid of gameplay footage if you''re wondering) does come with a description showing a smidgeon more of what''s in store.

"Task Force 141 makes its massive return with a worldwide squad of iconic veterans," says the publisher. "These Operators include Captain John Price, Simon ''Ghost'' Riley, John ''Soap'' MacTavish, Kyle ''Gaz'' Garrick, and introducing Mexican Special Forces Colonel Alejandro Vargas.

Fortunately, leaks last month had a little more to say, implying that, alongside a single-player campaign and multiplayer mode, Modern Warfare 2 might also introduce a new "third mode." The latter, formerly known as DMZ, is reportedly an extraction-style mode similar to Escape From Tarkov.

Tom Henderson, a serial leaker, claims that a number of fan-favourite maps from the original Modern Warfare 2 will go on sale, including Highrise, Quarry, Terminal, and Afghan.

Alongside the start of Modern Warfare 2 in October, which Activision Blizzard would be hoping to perform better than Call of Duty: Vanguard in the run-up to Warzone, and promising "groundbreaking innovations" will be also revealed later this year.

Today''s announcement comes as Activision Blizzard, which was purchased for $69 billion by Microsoft in January, continues its attempts to de-escalate the last year of deception allegations into its workplace culture.

Following a state of California lawsuit filing last July, the publisher described it as a "breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women" CEO Bobby Kotick became the focus of a damning investigation, claiming that he was aware of sexual misconduct in the business "for years." More recently, the parents of a former employee who committed suicide during a company retreat in 2017 began a lawsuit suing the publisher for wrongful death, alleging that the suicide was the result of sexual harassment by work colleagues.

Despite the publisher''s ongoing anti-unionisation actions, employees at Activision Blizzard''s Wisconsin-based Raven Software studio voted to unionize. Following the news, a team member said the victory meant employees at the company would continue to fight for respect, improved wages, improved work-life balance, and continued to fight for our fellow workers in solidarity.

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