Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Microsoft Press Conference Impressions

Infinity Ward used Microsoft's E3 09 press conference to show off the first playable footage of Modern Warfare 2.

It's fair to say that Modern Warfare 2 is one of the biggest games at E3 09, so it's no wonder that Microsoft showed the game early on during its press conference. This marked the first occasion in which the game had been seen live, but that wasn't the only news to take away from the briefing. Infinity Ward also said that Modern Warfare 2 map packs will debut first on Xbox Live, forcing PlayStation 3 (and maybe even PC) players to wait an unspecified amount of time to get their hands on them.

Infinity Ward's Jason West took to the stage to play the game for the first time in public. The level that they showed started out atop a snowy cliff, as you accompany "Soap" McTavish across a thin ledge. It's another bombastic Call of Duty set piece in which you use hooks to cling to the cliff and climb ridges. As planes scream overhead, McTavish slips down the wall, but he manages to cling on and make it to the top. The level of detail was incredible: The ice cracks under pressure as you plunge in your hook, and your clothing blows in the vicious mountain winds. After a jump in which it looks like you'll plunge to your death, McTavish saves you, pulls you up, and you soon start the combat that we all know and love in the COD series.

The next segment of the game showed off a new environment, a snowy naval base, as well as a spectacular new weapon. We weren't told the name of the new rifle, but it had a radar device on the side that tracked enemy movement. This was vital, considering that visibility in the snowy setting was minimal, but you also had the support of McTavish in taking down the base. He tells you to plant C4 on the objective, and with the base blown up, you make a run for it and get chased out of the base by men on snowmobiles. We watched as Jason West continued to play the game, rolling down a hill and taking out the enemies as they made their escape. There was a great moment in which McTavish knifed one of them in the neck, took his snowmobile, and headed down the hill.

This vehicle-based segment looked particularly cool. You use a semiautomatic pistol to shoot at enemies who are giving chase, while also steering around the trees and making your escape. This brief demo was all that we saw of the game at this stage, but we'll hopefully find out more about it in Activision's booth during the rest of the show. The full game is out on November 10 in the US, but check back throughout this week for more info as we receive it.

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98 comments
TheRealUser101
TheRealUser101

Modern Warfare 3 is currently in development by Infinity Ward with assisted development from Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software. All in all, Modern Warfare 3 needs 3 development teams to get the job done; including all the MW3 weapons, perks, etc.

Naicco
Naicco

It's kinda funny that after 2 years they couldn't come up with anything new. MW3 was rather ... err bad at E3 2011? :P

hsvrocker
hsvrocker

It was a fully automatic pistol!

tonyhawksP8
tonyhawksP8

@buschie This game isn't worth getting angry at MS for so get a life.

valrico
valrico

agrees with jhon, Stop complaining pc fanboys they won't ,make ya wait too long for the maps it's not a big deal. I don't even like the concept of paying for these maps. The fact that they are already talking about the maps like this means they prolly have the made already, But the game isn't even out yet which means these maps could have been released as part of the game but no they rather rape our wallets. The size of these hd and blue ray disk are much more hudge then the content the developers put in them nowadays. Game makers are pinching cash from every direction now. Thats why I don't buy maps cause I don't incourage that bull.................I just wish the mindless map buyers would follow my example.

n00bofdestiny
n00bofdestiny

OMFG!!! Soaps is now a captain can't wait till this game is released... well countdown it still counting for loonnnnnggg time......

CRYSIX
CRYSIX

This game is so cool.

gizim10
gizim10

ima get this game but ima get the prestige package

johnryandaplin
johnryandaplin

wow, pc fans makes me laugh, AHAHAHAAHAHAHAAH OMG its just a map pack, just wait a week or so, and you'll get it

tulipbros
tulipbros

looks mad. hope there is way more guns and perks in multiplayer :)

danielcliment
danielcliment

BUSCHIE: my wild guess about this all PC/Console is that PC games might be cheaper and downloable maybe, so what IW do is go for the consoles, more expensive, more money for everyone, and i mean "THOSE" everyone´s...so is really sad that big company´s are turning there back on us, the gamers, isnt that ridiculous??? WE are the ones making the industry go!! this is what happens when you have yuppies running the company and probably never play a single game...! :(

Ystergarde
Ystergarde

Looks awesome as always. New storyline with prettier graphics already makes it worth it.

lonewolf1196
lonewolf1196

i totally agree bushcie theres almost no pc exclusives anymore and more and more console only games. call of duty battle field medal of honor so many game seies started on pc becoming console only games. pc is in many peoples opion the ultmate shooter machine and even gamestop sais that the wasd system is great more pc games and i hope halo 3 goes like halo 1 and 2 and releases a pc version. oh ps halo was meant to be a pc exclusive b4 microsoftr bought bungee

cjaura
cjaura

Internationally, PCs are the most widely used and the biggest money maker. Consoles are just a lot easier and cheaper to make because they all have the same specs.

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

This game looks really awesome. I loved the first one and I might get this one.

HC1Gunner
HC1Gunner

Just another piece of crap console port over to PC. After the hacks in MP of the first Modern warfare, I would give you 2 cents for modern warfare "2" Now when I game created for the PC coming out like BF 1943, Arm2, Flash Point2, and Bad Company 2. Willing to bet everyone of these titles will ofer better MP play.

msudude211
msudude211

@FBloh3 - And you're calling consoles "for kiddies," why? :|

FBIoh3
FBIoh3

im a pc player also, and i agree its sad that the kiddie consoles are getting the most attention. that being said-- that is also where the money is, so we cant really blame some of these companies for going that route. forgetting where they came from and how they got here seems to be the main problem. 2500$??? build it yourself or buy it? couldve have built a nice machine for a whole let less....

crackheadkid
crackheadkid

I will have to agree with buschie and danielcliment. I find it infuriating that PC gaming is soo expensive (i have spent over $2500 on my setup) and now one of the biggest game for PC is being F***ed with. PC gamers are the largest gather of gamers, but we spend more to play the games (in you think of it) and now the hottest ticket game to come out in 09' 10' is comming out for consoles first? furthermore. i am not paying for mappacks, i have spent too much on the computer to want that. i will just download the map creator...and make my own. more work but wayyy more fun. and the co-op would be redic...like what they did on L4D. get some of your friends and create a platoon...fun times had for all. soo much replayability with different friends and set up and all. game looks amazing, the company is amazing, microsoft keep your grubby mitts off of it or else i will go buy a mac and call it quits... but if that happens my soul will die a little...alot

buschie
buschie

I don't care that consolers have to pay, or even if PC has to pay for maps, my point is that Activision/Infinity Ward is letting a third party company influence their business practices. Call of Duty started on PC and now the developers are letting any company (especially Microsoft) influence them and alienate its long time fans. I have played most of the COD's (1,2,3 (didn't play UO, or Big Red One)single player only, (4, W@W, online)) but I don't understand why IW wants to alienate its longtime fans (Yes Treyarch made (I think 2 ) (UO was made by Grey Matter)) I guess it is more Activision's fault but when you have a company like Microsoft influencing and (this is just speculation) probably giving the developing team all xCrap 360's them you get an entire company of Fanboys who have to cater to one target group and treat its true fans and long term supporters like crap. It doesn't make since that they will release the maps for Xbox first then PS3 and PC next, because they will also charge the PS3'ers for their map pack as well just goes to show ANY OF YOU WHO DOUBT ME that they are not just worried about the revenue they will make on the maps THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT making (and i wish I had super caps to express my extreme frustration) ONE PERSON OR COMPANY HAPPY ____MICROSOFT____.

danielcliment
danielcliment

i agree with you buschie, i think microsoft should go easy on the consumers-gamers, i mean buying the console, games, xbox live, etc, etc, etc is not the cheapest thing on earth, at all, and charging for the maps i think is a bit over the top....

danielcliment
danielcliment

WILL THIS ONE HAVE CO-OP AND ON LINE CO-OP LIKE HALO?! PLEASE I BEEEEEEEEG TO YOU INFINITY WARD, DONT MAKE ME PLAY HALO ANYMORE!!!!!! :( why on earth MW have no co op?!!!!!? is just like having a Ferrari with a scooter engine!!!!!!!!!!!! C´MOOONNN!!!! get your SH...T! together and listen to the PEOPLE infinity ward!!!!!!!!!! WE-WANT- FULL-CO-COP-GAME!!!!!!!!!!!......please.....:( by the way the game looks fantastic....

buschie
buschie

Since some people think that my opinion isn't worth showing and it gets hidden because people can't handle the truth I'll post it again. I HATE MICROSOFT, WHY DOES JUST ABOUT EVERY GAME DEVELOPER CATER TO THE XCRAP 360. IT IS AN INFERIOR PIECE OF HARDWARE, I THINK ABOUT EVERY PC GAME DEVELOPER HAS LOST SIGHT OF WHERE THEY CAME FROM THEY ALIENATE PC GAMER WHO SPENDS TONS OF MONEY ON COMPUTERS THAT CAN OUT PERFORM MOST CONSOLES AND DO TONS MORE THAN ANY CONSOLE NO MATTER YOUR CONSOLE OF CHOICE. YES I KNOW THE ONLY MAP PACK FOR MODERN WARFARE 1 WAS FREE FOR THE PC AND COST $10 FOR CONSOLES I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY DON'T RELEASE THEM CONCURRENTLY FOR ALL 3. THEY ARE DESIGNING THESE MAPS ON SOME FORM OF PC (EITHER MAC BASED OR WINDOWS BASED) SO WHY NOT COMPILE THEM AND RELEASE THEM AT THE SAME TIME. IT GOES TO SHOW THAT WHEN A THIRD PARTY (MICROSOFT) PAYS A DEVELOPER OFF (AND DON'T TELL ME THEY DON'T, BECAUSE MICROSOFT ALWAYS GETS THERE WAY). IT SEEMS THAT IF THEY REALLY WANTED A GOOD FANBASE AND A LOYAL FANBASE ACTIVISION/INFINITY WARD WOULD START TO REALIZE THAT PC GAMERS ARE WHAT STARTED THIS INDUSTRY BUT ARE THE ONES THAT GET CRAPPED ON THE MOST.

PSFreak1
PSFreak1

amazing gameplay, blew my mind!!

seanus63
seanus63

Yawn. Game play looks exactly the same as COD 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. It's ok but I think it's time to start innovating.

mulemanone
mulemanone

It's another sad day for PC owners again treated like 3rd class consumers. Everything about the PC owner says mature and rational potential games buyers. I have been buying these games products since 1986 Star Trek on the Dragon 32! There are more of us PC owning games players than anyone of those console freaks and we have more spending power so I fail to understand what infinityward/mocrosofts thinking is behind this? Maybe they are major stake holders in kid consoles now who knows? One thing is sure, we must be stupid to put up with it, But Danm these games are good! muleman/sidsnot

punisher41542o
punisher41542o

i think some one should get "buschie" a chill pill, this game looks great i mean snowmobile and killin, straight 007 style

buschie
buschie

I HATE MICROSOFT, WHY DOES JUST ABOUT EVERY GAME DEVELOPER CATER TO THE XCRAP 360. IT IS AN INFERIOR PIECE OF HARDWARE, I THINK ABOUT EVERY PC GAME DEVELOPER HAS LOST SIGHT OF WHERE THEY CAME FROM THEY ALIENATE PC GAMER WHO SPEND TONS OF MONEY ON COMPUTERS THAT CAN OUT PERFORM MOST CONSOLES AND DO TONS MORE THAN ANY CONSOLE NO MATTER YOUR CONSOLE OF CHOICE. YES I KNOW THE ONLY MAP PACK FOR MODERN WARFARE 1 WAS FREE FOR THE PC AND COST $10 FOR CONSOLES I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY DON'T RELEASE THEM CONCURRENTLY FOR ALL 3. THEY ARE DESIGNING THESE MAPS ON SOME FORM OF PC (EITHER MAC BASED OF WINDOWS BASED) SO WHY NOT COMPILE THEM AND RELEASE THEM AT THE SAME TIME. IT GOES TO SHOW THAT WHEN A THIRD PARTY (MICROSOFT) PAYS A DEVELOPER OFF (AND DON'T TELL ME THEY DON'T, BECAUSE MICROSOFT ALWAYS GETS THERE WAY). IT SEEMS THAT IF THEY REALLY WANTED A GOOD FANBASE AND A LOYAL FANBASE ACTIVISION/INFINITY WARD WOULD START TO REALIZE THAT PC GAMERS ARE WHAT STARTED THIS INDUSTRY BUT ARE THE ONES THAT GET CRAPPED ON THE MOST. The caps where intentional.

ferntfactor
ferntfactor

yeah, i'm not crazy about the Russian-killing part, but,i'm sure these are evil, terrorist Russians bent on nuclear destruction and hurting innocent puppies, so i feel better. this is going to be fanfriggintastic!

Vang665
Vang665

was waiting for this game sin waw.

gmax
gmax

Another report from the press conference.

Nicksta101
Nicksta101

Jhraxlin- Modern Warfare 2 doesn't need co-op. There's a Special Forces mode which will have co-op and I imagine the multiplayer will most likely be more customizable.

Jhraxlin
Jhraxlin

Please tell me the multiplayer will be more customizable, and there will be co-op!

Hickamie14
Hickamie14

The game looks incredible! I thought it looked as good as Killzone 2, but then again I've only seen a little bit of KZ2 game-play and have never played it.

Narutofan30
Narutofan30

Once Again no PS3 LOVE.... Who care we got [ I ]AG so we can wait.......

blink-jfg
blink-jfg

It'll be great. The forth COD was easily the best so far.

francoislr
francoislr

Can't wait for some new campaigns. Hope they stay away from Games for Windows LIVE.

8smokes
8smokes

Now I guess Soap's the mentor. The roles have reversed.

AgneevRoy
AgneevRoy

killing Russians........ Do the americans have no other concept?? ecept that the game is SUPERB....

carloravelli
carloravelli

Hey_Cage Posted Jun 2, 2009 3:49 am PT Cool, Soap gets to talk and stuff. No info on Captain Price yet? Played CoD4? Price is dead.

Juga_Buga
Juga_Buga

ima be live on 360 come get some

Bryanlordoffire
Bryanlordoffire

@LordDeArnise what are you talking about? WaW copied the same multiplayer as COD4: modern warfare

Hey_Cage
Hey_Cage

Cool, Soap gets to talk and stuff. No info on Captain Price yet?

bioghost
bioghost

More weapons and maps for mp, also longer campaign with twist Has really great potential can't wait!