New information about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has come to light specifically about what the game won’t include compared to previous entries in the series.
CharlieIntel Reports that Modern Warfare 2 will not have a Zombies mode. This isn’t much of a surprise, as 2019’s Modern Warfare didn’t have a Zombies mode either. The mode is most commonly associated with the Black Ops series, though it did appear in 2015’s Advanced Warfare via an Exo Zombies variant.
It was also confirmed that Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer will not have destruction elements like 2021’s Call of Duty: Vanguard had. The campaign will have destruction, but no multiplayer.
Multiplayer Design Director Geoffrey Smith said VentureBeat clearly, “We’re not doing destruction. We really can’t afford it on a large scale across the map.”
While Modern Warfare 2 won’t have the kind of destruction that Vanguard had, where players could smash their way through some structures, players can still damage some elements of the map.
“We’re doing everything we can, it’s better to express it as damage. Showing damage, showing wear, showing what happened without structural pieces breaking,” Smith said.
Infinity Ward studio co-head Patrick Kelly added that the studio considered destruction at one point in development, but ultimately decided against it due to the challenges associated with its implementation.
“The challenges that you face, once you incorporate total destruction, it’s very difficult to create a game space where you would call it a proper combat space,” Kelly said. “If you can punch through walls, all of that. On the other end of the spectrum, if you have more purely, I don’t want to call it just cosmetic, but where you can’t shoot holes through walls, stuff like that, you also end up with the visibility challenge Now you have variable backgrounds. You have to do other things in terms of lighting and room fill and all these other things where you’re artificially rendering things and characters in the environment.”
Modern Warfare 2 launches on October 28 and costs $70 on all platforms. For more information, check out GameSpot’s recent preview of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
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