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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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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]