Modern Warfare 2 waging Nov. 10, not Call of Duty-branded

GDC 2009: Infinity Ward uses Game Developers Choice Awards to tease sequel [UPDATE] Dropping of prefix points to spin-off of series.

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SAN FRANCISCO--At the beginning of today's Game Developers Choice Awards, Meggan Scavio issued a less-than-cryptic teaser. Before the first statuette was handed out, the 2009 Game Developers Conference director declared that "our friends at Infinity Ward" had given event organizers something to show after the Game of the Year was named.

Sure enough, right after surprise winner Fallout 3 walked off with the coveted honors, the lights went down, the Infinity Ward logo came up, and the following trailer played:

Though stylishly obscured, the visual and audio cues appear to depict a group of men walking into an elevator in a crowded public area, perhaps an airport or a mall. While in the elevator, they unzip bags, and the sound of automatic weapons being cocked is heard. After a comment in a foreign language, the words "Remember, no Russian" are uttered. The doors open on the second floor, the sound of a laughter-limned crowd is heard--followed by gunfire and screams--apparently the beginning of a Mumbai-style terrorist attack.

Given that Russian separatists are one of the main enemy factions in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the trailer's clear implication is that they're back for revenge in the sequel. Judging by the montage of international locales, military hardware, and massive destruction that follows--again, obscured by a green filter--the aforementioned attack appears to have set off another round of global conflict. The world will find out on November 10, the date flashed across the screen at the video clip's end.

As the trailer unspooled at the GDCAs, Infinity Ward also launched a reported Modern Warfare 2 teaser site. First hinted at in August 2008, the game was confirmed by an event leak and a studio staffer's Twitter feed. Activision made the game's existence official when it reported a $72 million loss on record quarterly earnings last month.

[UDPATE] An official press release sent out the subsequent morning confirms that Modern Warfare 2 will not bear the "Call of Duty" prefix. Activision had not answered questions about whether or not the game was the unique new IP that Infinity Ward mentioned when it revealed that its top talent had signed long-term contracts with Activision last July.

Discussion

237 comments
TheRealUser101
TheRealUser101

MW3 will have Task Force 141 Captain John "Soap" MacTavish and SAS Captain John Price play a vital role in the game. All the singleplayer elements in MW3 like weapons and such will be upgraded; they showed the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 mission "Mind the Gap" where the SAS operatives are carrying new perks and such.

KCKING23
KCKING23

thing is killing the brand off what will tyrech call the next call of duty will the call it 6 or some other name

D4rksh0gun
D4rksh0gun

The only reason its "Modern warfare" is because its kinda retarded to have "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2" or "Call of Duty 6: Modern Warfare 2"

ulatec66
ulatec66

I hope they improve their anti - hacking measures for the PC version , COD 5 has so many no recoil cheating players it's ridiculous ,OTOH the proffered hack on COD 4 seems to be aimbot . It's no good having a kickass game comes out only to be swamped by cheats only a few months after the release date

lance435
lance435

But then the question will be: Will Activision still be present? Will this still be a Call of Duty without the name? Finally, what will this big move do to Infinity Ward and the MW franchise (which btw is still quite popular even today)?

shazam_lp
shazam_lp

Everybody knows that everybody who's hardcore about CoD will call it CoD6. Don't worry, just cuz they're not branding it, doesn't mean we can't call it that. ;)

icepop4who
icepop4who

Dropping Call of Duty? Geez...brand killing isn't exactly a winning move here, especially if it's a popular brand. I know it's confusing to associate world war II games and modern games with the same name, but COD is just too famous. I'm not too against the move to drop the name, I just want the game to live up to its expectations as the next thing in Modern Warfare. And please don't make a Wii version. Every shooter for the wii is butchered like a manwich, please don't butcher this one. Sorry Wii...you're just not hardcore enough for COD (or Modern Warfare 2...whatever)

clue942
clue942

How can it be called modern warfare '2' without the Call Of Duty prefix, it won't really be recognized as Call of Duty without the prefix...besides you know some gamers pick up Call Of Duty simply because they see the name "Call Of Duty" so thats good enough marketing strategy in itself...*side-note* still hoping it comes out for the Wii again mainly because we need it over here although not opposed to getting it for the 360

MAX_RAMBONE
MAX_RAMBONE

I don't have anything to say about the Call of Duty series, past or future. I just wanted to type in this box.

PNShadow
PNShadow

I think they should stick with the 'Call of Duty' prefix. I think it would help define the game as opposed to it appearing as something completely different to its predecessor.

StevenPunisher
StevenPunisher

They should have a weapon suggestion thread on gmaespot or a gun website so they have more guns in this one

CROSSFIRE5000
CROSSFIRE5000

i cant wait for the new call of duty i wonder what it will be called.

RobExelby
RobExelby

I spotted an oil rig at 1:26:39. Is this a fight about oil? wouldnt suprise me in these times of economic financial unstability...

HaRdNiPs
HaRdNiPs

if you go on to modernwarfare2.com you can analyze the trailer witch can help out alot there's some hidden messages about the location and guns. for example there is a G3 well that's all i pretty much saw anyway and alot of night vision, some russian or other language spoken and writen, probably first mission going to be inside an airport or some public building, perks are up right hand corner, probably some snow missions, helicopters, jets just like MW, probably a new solider with a cool watch but that don't matter. that's all i saw.

Dramacide
Dramacide

If its not under the 'Call of Duty' prefix that box set idea goes out the window

sikh101
sikh101

I think after this one a box set should come out seems like a relly good idea.

sirbalynn
sirbalynn

haha ya but i we will all probably get bored of it... but i wonder wat there gonna do when everyone gets bored of modern warfare.... WW2 has already been sucked dead

Vendre
Vendre

Shet, imagine in 20 years: "Call of Duty 21: World at Peace" Good enough, I am waiting for this game with delight.

insanepyro6
insanepyro6

I love how most of the people that are bashing WAW have been saying "LETS HAVE CO-OP AND ZOMBIES!!! OH, SPLIT SCREEN TOO!" WAW wasn't a direct copy of COD4, it only used the same engine. I enjoy both games. WAW fixed some things that were a HUGE problem in Modern Warfare. The short story mode was the big one for me, even if WAW could have stretched it out a bit more. WAW fixed the spawning issues in Multiplayer... and that was my other main concern.

Keitha313
Keitha313

PS. Im not saying Treyarch is bad only a moron would do that everyone makes their bad games including infinity ward COD4 was abit repetitive after awhile and with CODWaW trying to do their best to copy infinity wards MW game they just made a WW2 Shooter look stupid they ruined it soley by trying to copy someone elses work next time maby they will do things soley based on their own work... I still to this day prefer COD3 to 4 or WaW took more skill to be good at it with everyone relying on someone getting 3 kills to deploy a radar searcher and silly perks.

Keitha313
Keitha313

Why they get rid of the Call of duty is abit stupid considering the very first Modern Warfare was COD4MW, I just hope people arent stupid enough to get confused about it... It's most likely still going to look like a COD game anyway so big deal... Let Treyarch stick to WW2 they seem to be destroying the WW2 feel anyway especially with CODWAW.

georgeorjose
georgeorjose

yeah!!! this game is going to be so awesome

darkpiggy17
darkpiggy17

It's infinity ward again, so yay. But i swear to god if there are tanks in this one too, i'ma bussa cap.

megamanfc18
megamanfc18

I thought Airport security was top notch, this shows that payback's a bltch

sambucca666
sambucca666

@godlike500. Every airport I have ever been in has elevators in. Idiot. Will definately be buying this

redrobin
redrobin

To all who condemn World at war ..can i say..smoke pole much? i do not see what was any different from cod 4 in cod 5 and most of the people bad mouthing are all saying "Modern warfare 2 lets have split screen , lets have co op, lets have MORE zombies" ........8=====D 0= ......are these not all things WaW brought to the series... :/ fulkn retards.

CY4N1D3_625
CY4N1D3_625

Infinity Ward = Absolute Victory I'm pre-ordering this game side note: If they had different kinds of ammo (explosive, hollow points etc.) for the pistols I'd be even happier

emkplayboy6
emkplayboy6

Very good point rekm222 i'm with you on that one! Yes this is a pre order for me as well on PC "xbox? Foka xbox"

rekm222
rekm222

Treyarch isn't an FPS developer to begin with, I believe they got their start with Penny Racer style racing games and to be honest should have stuck with that genre. World at War and CoD3 are abominations from where I sit. No other developer besides IW should be running with the creation of thise title. Point and case, look at the sales figures and make your deductions. Can't wait for MW2, it's going to rock our effing socks off!

ltjackryan
ltjackryan

i agee very much with joker. idk why activision used Treyarch. notice how the 2 worst CoDs are 3 and W@W. anyways, i'm glad there is a new "CoD" coming out i need something new.

IAMTHEJOKER88
IAMTHEJOKER88

I am glad Modern Warfare no longer bears the name CoD... simply because Treyarch has now stained it with CoD 3 and WaW. Hopefully they'll add Co-op, a survival mode, where you and a squad are pitted against hundreds of heavily armed enemies... and maybe a modernized zombie mode, but instead of zombies, have suicide bombers or kamikaze-stabbers so to speak. More customizable options, more weapons, NO G3, more pistols and better close combat, i.e the ability to punch someone in the face, or kick him in the nuts, or just slash his throat. The possibilities are endless. So PLEASE FOR GODS SAKE I.WARD, DON'T SCREW THIS UP!

GodLike500
GodLike500

How many airports have elevators in them? I can't even think of any malls that have elevators that aren't glass. Not really a good place to arm up without being seen. Has the author ever been in a public place?

magix2k
magix2k

I'm gonna pre-order this game too. IMO, Infinity Ward should stick with the Modern Warfare series and TreyArch with World War series.

johnnyave6
johnnyave6

It might be just me but i am sick of the CoD WWII set themes. CoD 4 rocked most of our socks off, so i am sure thats why they are attempting to make it a stand alone title. So the whole title thing doesnt mean anything. I will pre-order it. as far as waiting for the score, never a bad idea, but i am sure they will not screw this up. after CoD 4 its hard to not want to keep that gravy train rolling.

banana5
banana5

do u think dis is a game to preorder, or should i wait to see wat score it gets?

AndrewFLEA
AndrewFLEA

if the campain is anythign like cod4 and they add alot of levels to multiplayer ( 75 from 55) i would buy this the day it came out. like everyone else is saying the CoD part dosent mater its infiniaty ward.

Count_Hesley
Count_Hesley

Ditto on split screen multiplayer. Ditto on more zombies (terrorist zombies). As to why they dropped CoD from the name; well, it could be because Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is just too long. Maybe they're into the whole brevity thing.

Lancing
Lancing

i hope it will finally be possible to have a guest join you for some online split-screen. i mean really, how long ago did halo 2 make that possible?

meateater79
meateater79

On CoD4's release date, I drove 20 miles in about 10 minutes to reach a retailer who wasn't sold out or didn't only had enough in stock for preorders. Probably will have to do the same for MW2. Seems like Activision will be reserving the CoD franchise for FPSs with a WWII backdrop. The Modern Warfare title will be for games set in modern times. Pretty smart move, IMO.

Heershreck
Heershreck

I am fine with the drop of CoD. To me, CoD has been a cover up name for Infinity Ward. (IMO, Treyarch CoD's don't quite qualify. Maybe one day they will.) The name you should be looking for is Infinity Ward.

Sonic7777777
Sonic7777777

Modern Warfare 2 should have online co-op, customizable guns for reg multiplayer, and perks for pistols.

Nitrogenix
Nitrogenix

@gdude5678 I don't understand how the name would make it special, and without it, it would be boring. I do not buy my games because they sound cool, if you do that, then you end up wasting hundreds of dollars on crappy games. If this game is truly great, it does not need a good name. It could be called "S**tstains" and I'd still buy it if it was a 10/10 on gamespot.

gdude5678
gdude5678

If the words "Call of Duty" are not in front, then what makes the words "Modern Warfare" so special? There are a lot of modern day war games out there. In my opinion the "Call of Duty" name should be on the box. The big thing about COD4 was "OMG! It's a Call of Duty game in present time!" To keep it special they should leave COD in front.

expulsamos13
expulsamos13

oh yeaa,,,by the time this game is released, I'm gonna own a Ps3

taino1128
taino1128

If this is nothing like previous CoDs, I'll bee so pissed!

hawaiisniper808
hawaiisniper808

This game should be almost as good is the first mw1 and we hope that this will be the second best games of the Year for infinityward to distribute to the public.This game will make billions of Dollars and I'm supporting the company no matter what happens..Treyarch didn't do to well on call of duty world at war..But i admit i do like the campaign mode..Goodluck to you all gamers see you all on xboxlive cod4 or mw2 peaceout!!!

rybread13
rybread13

Infinity Ward u keep dooing wat yur dooing cuz all that is...is Awsome and im loving it...im 100%with watever u dooing.

purple_pride99
purple_pride99

Good idea, by leaving out the Call of Duty name it could potentially give them more freedom to branch out away from what the games set in WW2 does. Besides Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a bit to long. Modern Warfare 2 sounds much better.