Activision and Infinity Ward are hyping us up with this new logo reveal for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Activision and Infinity Ward are hyping us up with this new logo reveal for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Activision and Infinity Ward are pulling every trick in the book to try and get us comfortable ahead of the next Call of Duty, called Modern Warfare 2.

This emblem alone and the previous trailer were enough to get the gaming community excited. Since the dawn of time, Call of Duty has done an amazing job of marketing their latest or upcoming game. Hell, last night’s first round draft picks were wearing special pins to promote the game:

So the Call of Duty developers know what they are doing by bringing back nostalgic sounds or making their game logo similar to those of the Call of Duty games they loved before. But Call of Duty multiplayer hasn’t felt the same for YEARS.

No matter how much players want the same old school CoD multiplayer feel, we never seem to get it. There are a multitude of factors at play, it’s not as simple as Call of Duty losing its touch. For starters, traditional multiplayer games are generally bad. Think of the flop of Halo Infinite, gamers want more than just queuing up in multiplayer lobbies to mindlessly waste time. We need content added to games on a regular basis and we need a reason to keep playing. Players are always looking for something more, and for a long time, prestige was a way to achieve a higher level of retention. It gave players a reason to keep playing and strive for the next level, the next prestige, etc.

In today’s Call of Duty they removed it entirely, which always felt like a staple in Call of Duty. I don’t think anyone cares about getting to level 1000 every season, but having that Gold Cross in Call of Duty 4 meant something. It showed how committed you were to the game and always served as a flex in the lobbies.

Now, bringing back prestige isn’t going to save Call of Duty. BUT, Call of Duty needs to start adding something to their games to give us a reason to keep playing. Think of FIFA, every week new content is added to the game and every weekend you can compete in FUT Champs to earn solid rewards based on your performance.

Or think of a game like Valorant – it’s dead simple from a playlist point of view. Either you play competitive and ranked, or you play casual and unranked. There really is no middle ground. But the satisfaction you get from seeing your rank increase will always keep you coming back. There needs to be some kind of progression in Call of Duty games for them to stay relevant.

Modern Warfare 2 needs to bring more than just a confirmed Domination, SnD, and Kill playlist.

This is where I would start:

GIVE US GUNFIGHT 2.0!

Gunfight was one of those rare new Call of Duty modes that everyone seemed to love. It was simple, competitive and extremely fast. It had everything you needed for a successful game mode.

If you’ve never played gunfight, it was as simple as this: 2v2 (or 3v3) style where every player had the exact same class and the object of the game was to eliminate your opponents. The rounds were extremely fast, around 40 seconds each round, and the first team to win 6 rounds would win.

So it’s as even as Call of Duty 1v1 could be, all players have the same weapons and equipment. Whoever is able to play the angles better with better weapon skill will emerge victorious.

On top of that, it couldn’t be easier to host a shootout tournament. You set up matchups, teams queue up in a lobby together, and boom, you have a tournament. If MW2 brings back the shootouts, Gametime will regularly hold tournaments.

Towards the end of MW 2019 they would slowly bring in weekly shootout tournaments and it was great! Activision hates adding ranked modes, but a ranked shootout mode could take MW2 to the next level. However, MW2 should be able to have these features ready when the game drops. Too many times, Call of Duty will add a ranked mode too late in the game cycle and lose all of the initial excitement of the game. For example, Vanguard added their ranked mode to the game in February. That’s 3 months after the game was released and in today’s gaming environment you just have to be faster.

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In addition to the gunfight, I’d love to see a ranked multiplayer mode added within the first month. This would really grab initial attention and help promote the CDL in a significant way. The more competitive support in the game, the more the esports scene could grow. I could write a whole blog about how I would change the CoD League to try and grow viewership, but I’ll save that for another time.

In the current CoD scene, the vast majority of players only play Warzone and I don’t blame them. It’s free, it’s fun (up to a point), and it rewards you when you get a dub for your squad. It’s a sense of accomplishment and a dub will always bring good vibes to the team you’re with. Hell, it’ll even turn random squadmates into friends real quick.

Modern Warfare 2 needs to be able to incorporate some sort of sense of accomplishment into its regular multiplayer playlists. As I mentioned earlier, Activision hates ranked playlists because it splits the player base in their eyes. Which is true up to a point, but at this point in the CoD life cycle, they have to be willing to take risks.

In a perfect world where Ricochet Anti-cheat is 100% effective, I WOULD LOVE to see weekly search and destroy tournaments added to the game. Think of how Fortnite does its Cash Cups – it could be a similar model. It doesn’t have to be something crazy: it could be unique weapon skins, a special emblem, CoD points, or a badge on your profile.

As you could see from the day I started working here, Call of Duty is my passion. I love the franchise and I want them to be successful. I really hope they can keep up with the times and give gamers what they’re looking for because copying and pasting the same old Call of Duty playlists from the last decade won’t cut it.

If they can add in-game tournaments or competitive modes, it will give streamers a way to continue creating in-game content instead of just sorting through weapons to use in Warzone and then never playing the multiplayer game again.

So clearly I don’t have all the answers or solutions, but I hope you can see my reason. It’s not just about prestige, it’s not just about in-game tournaments, it’s really about giving players a reason to continue playing Call of Duty because without it, the game will remain stagnant.

Anyway, I’m also curious what you all think: Tweet me what you would like to see added in Modern Warfare 2.

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