The main innovations of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 are the beginning of a new era

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The main innovations of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 are the beginning of a new era

When Modern Warfare 2 releases on October 28, it won’t just be developer Infinity Ward’s latest entry in the long-running Call of Duty military shooter franchise. It will also mark the beginning of the next generation of the series, internally dubbed “CoD 2.0”.

Modern Warfare 2 continues the reboot of the Modern Warfare series released in 2019. Infinity Ward created a new and original story with players taking on the role of members of the multinational special operations group, Task Force 141. The innovations made to the Modern Warfare 2 game engine will not only power the mode for a modes, but also the next Warzone, the franchise’s battle royale game.

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Task Force 141’s goal in Modern Warfare 2 is to stop a global threat. The team consists of Capt. John Price, Capt. John “Soap” MacTavish, Sgt. Kyle “Gaz” Garrick and fan favorite Lieutenant Simon “Ghost” Riley. Helping the group is Kate Laswell of the CIA and Colonel Alejandro Vargos of the Mexican special forces.

The squad takes on Al-Qatala, the terrorist group from the first Modern Warfare. They armed themselves with weapons belonging to Hasan, an individual with ties to a Mexican cartel. In Modern Warfare 2, he must travel to multiple global locations to learn more about the threat and fight back when possible.

a close up of Gaz from Modern Warfare 2 with his night vision goggles

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Fight terror by land, sea or air

Missions in the Modern Warfare 2 campaign feature multiple new innovations. One of the biggest changes? Swimming.

One mission, titled Wet Work, takes place in Amsterdam, where a major arms deal is taking place on the docks. Players must silently take out patrolling enemies using silenced pistols or through stealth takedowns from the water. It’s a great opportunity to check out the latest water physics in the game, which not only look cool, but also affect the trajectory of bullets when fired into the water.

A vehicle mission, Convoy, showcased the game’s new car mechanics. Whether driving or sitting in the passenger seats, players can lean out the window to shoot enemies and use the car as cover. There’s even an option to get on top of a vehicle and jump out of it to land on another car.

Another quick reveal was Tower, a mission where players must rappel down the side of a building. They will have the option to go down normal or face down, whichever they consider the best option.

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Almost every mission we looked at features a new trailer for the Call of Duty series.

Infinity Ward was previously reluctant to fight underwater. Only now, the team claimed, were they able to create the right visuals and physics to make the gunplay feel accurate and rewarding. Weapons lose their impact underwater and grenades and flashbangs behave differently if detonated below the surface.

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Members of the Infinity Ward team also discussed improvements to the game’s AI. Computer controlled friendly or enemy players have more realistic behaviors. They want to “survive” so they look around corners and are generally more aware of their surroundings. They will also telegraph their actions, allowing players to recognize nonverbal cues from teammates and AI-controlled enemies.

All of these innovations are part of what Infinity Ward calls “CoD 2.0.” which will be implemented across the entire series, including the next Warzone game, which the developer will reveal in the future.

Modern Warfare 2 is coming to PS4, ps5xboxone and Xbox Series X|S consoles Y personal computer via Battle.net for $70 on October 28. The game will also be available on Steam, a first for the series since 2017, when Call of Duty games were only available on Battle.net. Those who pre-order the game will get access to the open beta when it releases later this year.

Correction: 10:30 a.m. PT: The story misstated the price of the game. The standard edition on all platforms is $70.

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