Multiple publications have indicated the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare (which itself was a reboot of the seminal 2007 release) – is currently being developed by Infinity Ward, expected to hit shelves in 2022. The leak comes from credited insider Tom Henderson, whose assertions align with VGC sources.
“It looks like Call of Duty: 2022 is codenamed Project Cortez,” Tom Henderson tweeted earlier this week.
“It’s expected to be a sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019.”
As noted by Rich Stanton of PC Gamer, the reveal also aligns with Activision-Blizzard’s usual three-year development schedule for each of its subseries, last year having delivered Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War and Call of Duty: Vanguard scheduled for release later this year.
Project Cortez is apparently a direct reference to Colonel Felix Cortez, a villain character from the 1994 movie Clear & Present Danger starring Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan. The reason? Many believe the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will feature a campaign similar to the Tom Clancy-inspired film, involving US Special Forces tasked with fighting a covert war against Columbian drug cartels.
Which certainly sounds like a tantalising proposition. There’s only so many times you can shoot Nazis, Russians, terrorists, and zombies before change isn’t just welcomed – it’s a necessity. Though truth be told… we wouldn’t exactly complain about experiencing a version of the original Modern Warfare 2‘s infamous ‘No Russian‘ airport massacre mission.
In other news, Activision and Sledgehammer Games have once again hit the reset button on another aspect of the franchise with Call of Duty: Vanguard. Taking the story back to World War II, unlike the previous historically-inspired instalment produced by the latter, the upcoming 2021 title’s campaign promises an experience “like never before.” Set across four major theatres of war – Western Front, Eastern Front, North Africa, South Pacific – players will witness the origins of Special Forces as they form Task Force One.
Task Force One’s special ops soldiers you’ll inhabit via gameplay are as follows:
- Sergreant Arthur Kingsley – 9th Parachute Battalion (British)
- Lieutenant Polina Petrova – 138th Rifle Division (Soviet)
- Lieutenant Wade Jackson – Navy Scouting Squadron Six (US)
- Private Lucas Riggs – 20th Battalion, 9th Infantry Division (Australian)
“The four playable characters overcome the desperation and chaos of war, captured by the Axis powers, each rising from the trenches to become one of the original Operatives; the prototype for the modern special forces soldier as they fight for victory in tide-turning battles across the globe.”
Call of Duty: Vanguard officially launches on November 5th of 2021 for PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, and PC (courtesy of Beenox). Once again, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is currently expected to hit shelves sometime in 2022 – we’ll let you know as soon as it’s confirmed, along with the release date, trailer, availabilities, and so forth.