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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 campaign gameplay debuts

Sumer Game Fest gave us our first proper glimpse at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, developed by Infinity Ward.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 gameplay reveal

At Summer Game Fest 2022, we got our first glimpse at the expected but anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, developed by Infinity Ward. The gameplay took place in a very familiar location and situation for the series – an ocean infiltration on an oil rig, in the pouring rain.

The level is called ‘Dark Water’ and features recurring Modern Warfare characters Soap and Ghost, as well as a new character for the series, a Mexican Special Forces soldier named Vargas. Activision describes it like so:

‘An oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is storing the cargo that could spark a global conflict. Task Force 141 found intel that shows missiles hidden on board and have dispatched a team of Soap, Ghost, and Mexican Special Forces Colonel Alejandro Vargas, along with Shadow Company, enter a ship full of well-armed AQ enemies to locate the controls for a missile bound for the US.’

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) is a follow-up to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), which was a highly regarded reboot of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2007). It is not to be confused with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009). Simple, right?

In a post-trailer interview Jeff Negus, Cinematics Lead at Infinity Ward, reassured fans that the game will also feature the appearance of Modern Warfare characters Captain Price and Gaz. He also named another new character to the series: Commander Graves.

Negus also revealed that the Dark Water stage uses a new liquid technology, which will dynamically affect the environment as you play, changing the positions of movable cover and pushing boats around.

Johanna Faries, General Manager of Call of Duty, also shared some details about battle royale Call of Duty: Warzone, which is receiving a ‘2.0’ update – it’s coming to mobile devices, and launching on PC via Steam. More details will be coming in the future.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is releasing on 28 October 2022 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC. An open beta for multiplayer will also precede the game’s full launch.

Be sure to check out all of our Summer Game Fest coverage to catch up on the game announcements you might’ve missed out on.

You can also view our wrap-ups for all the news from the Summer Game Fest kickoff showcase, the Devolver Digital showcase, the Xbox and Bethesda showcase, the 2022 PC Gaming Show, and the Capcom Showcase.

Edmond was the founding managing editor of GamesHub. He was also previously at GameSpot for 13 years, where he was the Australian Editor and an award-winning video producer. You can follow him @EdmondTran