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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 reveals October release date in first trailer

A teaser trailer for the new Call Of Duty reveals its release date but the storyline remains a mystery, despite the presence of Task Force 141.

Surprise, low-key announcements are becoming increasingly commonplace in the games industry at the moment, with Activision suddenly releasing the first teaser trailer for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and announcing its release date as October 28.

The teaser doesn’t show any in-game footage or in fact say anything about the game at all. It just shows off some character artwork and the box cover, while gravely-voiced voiceover artists talk in vague military jargon.

The rumour is though, that while Modern Warfare 2 is ostensibly a reboot of the identically named 2009 title, its story no longer involves a Russian invasion of the US and is instead concerned with South American drug cartels.

The idea that the new Modern Warfare 2 is influenced by the 1994 film Clear and Present Danger has been around for a long time but there’s never been any proof to back it up, other than Call Of Duty info always leaks out ahead of time.

‘Task Force 141 makes its massive return with a global squad of iconic veterans, these Operators include Captain John Price, Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley, John ‘Soap’ MacTavish, Kyle ‘Gaz’ Garrick’ and introducing Mexican Special Forces Colonel Alejandro Vargas,’ reads the YouTube description of the video below.

That doesn’t rule out the cartel rumours but Task Force 141 being at the centre of the story is also how it was in the original Modern Warfare 2, so maybe the plots are more similar than previously supposed.

Other recent leaks suggest that Modern Warfare 2 will have a new mode called DMZ, similar to Escape From Tarkov. Again, that’s not confirmed but hopefully it will fare better than Battlefield’s attempt at a similar idea.

The October 28 release date is a little earlier than usual, which is usually an indication that the game is trying to get out of the way of something else. But at the moment Modern Warfare 2 is almost the only major release so far confirmed for the 2022 Christmas rush.

Gotham Knights is out a few days earlier, on October 25, so Activision is clearly not worried about that, so it’s a slightly curious choice that may imply Activision secretly knows when other big name games are due out this year.

Activision also hasn’t confirmed anything about formats and while Modern Warfare 2 is almost certainly cross-gen this does leave open the possibility that it’s only going to appear on current gen consoles and PC.

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