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GDC: Modern Warfare 2 drops the “Call of Duty” bit

Thursday, 26 March 2009 19:57 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Activision’s confirmed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is now plain old Modern Warfare 2.

Who needs Call of Duty anyway, right?

Press release after the break. Apparently CoD4′s the best selling FPS of all time. Says so there.

Countdown Begins for the Most-Anticipated Game of the Year

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Prepare for the ultimate invasion! The most anticipated game of the year and the sequel to the best-selling first-person action game of all time*, Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2 will strike worldwide on November 10, 2009. Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI – News) will release the newest installment in the groundbreaking and record-setting follow-up to the 2007 blockbuster, Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare(TM), that has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, to date.

“Everyone on the team is laser focused on making the most gripping experience we’ve ever created,” said Infinity Ward’s CEO, Vince Zampella. “No detail is too small and every finishing touch imaginable is underway to make Modern Warfare 2 our best ever. We can’t wait for our fans around the world to play starting November 10th.”

For more information, visit www.modernwarfare2.com.

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22 Comments

  1. SERAPHEMZ

    Maybe they want to distance themselves from the WW2 aspect of Call of Duty.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. that_happy_cat

    Well it was either that or:

    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Two

    or

    Call of Duty Five: Modern Warfare Two

    either way, what with Call of duty Two: Big Red One… we’re talking final score

    #2 6 years ago
  3. XDamage

    Will it use a modified Call of Duty 4 engine, or a completely new one I wonder?

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Cort

    Will I get to kill Russians?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Whizzo

    Seems a bit odd ditching the highly successful franchise name.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. SERAPHEMZ

    I think that Modern Warfare is a new franchise name.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    I’m a little baffled as to why they’ve done this, to be honest.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Hero of Canton

    I’m not surprised in one sense – if they want to continue numbering the COD games, it’s going to get confusing when it’s switching dev teams and timelines – but this could affect sales. COD is the brand everyone knows – will taking that away harm sales of Modern Warfare 2 among the less gaming-savvy? Granted, there’ll be a big marketing push to raise awareness nearer the time, but you do get some, shall we say, less regular gamers who like to stick with what they know. Or what they think they know.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    As was just put to me, “Sounds like hubris.”

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Mad-elph

    I don’t see anyone getting confused about the lack of CoD. I regularly refer to it as Modern Warfare, so this works fine with me. Plus having two numbers in the title would make you feel like you are translating Japanese or something, a la Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. Imagine Call of Duty 8: Future Warfare Next Advancement 3…

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Hero of Canton

    @ Mad-elph – you’ve clearly never been in GAME when someone’s asked for a Sony Wii, or ‘that game where you shoot things you know the one on telly’ or Asian’s Creed (yes, really). Some people are dumb. And some people will look at the box and see no Call of Duty name and not buy it. Sad, perhaps, but unfortunately true.

    Like I say, Activision will market the shit out of it and make sure people know it’s from the makers of Call of Duty and it’s still Call of Duty but it’s not called Call of Duty any more.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    Not sure it’s that good an idea. All the people I know who buy these games religiously know them as COD (like the fish).

    #12 6 years ago
  13. SERAPHEMZ

    Im sure the 12 million people that bought it and loved the first one, are going to know that the second part is coming out and will buy it.

    they can call it anything they want, as long as its a sequel to the first and made by the same people.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Trivi4l

    I don’t think it was a good move on them but sure why not?

    #14 6 years ago
  15. draknahr

    This would be a bad idea….but people will probably recognize it with just Modern Warfare 2. Even though im sure most people don’t even know who the developer is.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Shatner

    I think the impact CoD4:MW made gives Activision enough reason to exploit “Call of Duty” and “Modern Warfare” as two separate franchises. Besides which, as others have stated, it was getting a bit messy.

    Perhaps Infinity Ward will take charge of “Modern Warfare” and Treyarch will adopt “Call of Duty” full time.

    OR

    Maybe in MW2 you ain’t following no call of no stinking duty. You’re a mad bad mofo with a bunch of guns and you don’t play by the rules. You’re like a digital Jack Bauer. You do what HAS to be done even if it means sacrificing your honour and adherance to duty. YOU HAD NO CHOICE. It’s the only chance you had. You did what was necessary.

    BIP BOP BIP BOP BIP BOP

    #16 6 years ago
  17. ShiroGamer

    just show me some real info
    :(

    #17 6 years ago
  18. SticKboy

    @ that_happy_cat: Why not just ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2′? CoD:WaW didn’t have a number in it, innit.

    It just seems a bit mental to piss away a brand just after it achieves mass market recognition. But then again, Konami successfully changed ISS to PES without it affecting sales in the slightest, so what the fuck do I know?

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Pyrix

    I’m pretty sure when this game is released, people are still going to refer to it as ‘Call of Duty’. For example, when talking to friends in parties/chat/real life/whatever, people are still going to say; “Anyone want to play some COD?” not “Anyone want to play some Modern Warfare 2?”

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Yoshi

    When they advertise this 2 shit they will obviously say ‘The makers of the fantastic 9 out of 10 bla bla bla Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare presents Modern Warfare 2
    So ppl are guna guess its basicly the same

    #20 6 years ago
  21. G1GAHURTZ

    The words “Call of Duty” won’t really matter that much IMO.

    It looks as though they’re sticking with exactly the same brand style anyway, so it’s likely that if you’ve seen COD4, you will recognise all or most of the branding in MW2 as being from the same franchise.

    Anyway, it looks to me that IW must have developed a pretty big dislike of all things Treyarch. I reckon this move is down to pure rivalry, and not wanting Treyarch to get any praise or recognition out of the game that IW would consider to be their product alone.

    Anyone who’s ever worked in a studio that has a rival that develops a similar game will tell you how much of a big deal one-upmanship becomes between them on an almost daily basis.

    You only have to look at 402′s outburst where he seemed to mock the Nazi zombie mode in WaW for a clear example.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Blerk

    The new title is Modern Warfare 2: Sea of Dreams.

    #22 6 years ago

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    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

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  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

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  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]