Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Announced

Not that Call of Duty: World at War wasn’t a respectable sequel, but it wasn’t the real follow up to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was one of the biggest hits of 2007, and surprisingly even surpassed Halo 3 in popularity on Xbox Live; and it just as big of a hit on the PlayStation 3 and PC.

Activision saw fit to have two studios work on pumping out a new Call of Duty game every year, so Infinity Ward and Treyarch would trade off year to year. COD4’s move to ‘modern warfare’ was refreshing and much needed move for the series that was stuck in a genre inundated by World War II scenarios. Treyarch’s 2008 release of Call of Duty: World at War was a good game, but many fans were waiting for the next Modern Warfare entry -- and today we can tell you when it’s coming.

Infinity Ward announced at the Game Developers Conference Choice Awards that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be released on November 10, 2009. COD sequel numbering will never be the same again. In fact, early press materials seem to indicate that the series may drop the Call of Duty brand altogether, possibly making this upcoming game called simply Modern Warfare 2.

Not much is known yet about the game, other than we know it’ll be a first-person shooter with a military combat theme. Check out the teaser video here, which is less of a video than it is an audio clip, and give us your theories on settings for the upcoming game.

Modern Warfare 2 will presumably hit the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Efrayim
    HELL YA! I thought COD4 Was one of the greatest games I have ever played! I liked COD WaW Also but I missed the modern Weapons...SO I'm very excited about his WOOT!
  • SneakySnake
    no one saw this announcement coming ;)
  • flightmare
    Lets hope the linux server will come as fast as it did with CoD4 :)
    I wish someone would go back and make a decent Vietnam FPS with multiplayer.
  • outacontrolpimp
    hopefully you dont get a 4870x2 by november, i hope they come out with something much better. they are talking about new thing that make graphics much more real, i want to see something to power it better
  • curnel_D
    I want some screenshots.
  • Maxor127
    About time. I hope they make it gory like World at War was too and improve the multiplayer, because honestly, the multiplayer for Call of Duty 4 sucked and could use a lot of refinement.
  • b2dmasternsniper
    ya its called raytracing, presumably it will render graphics 300 times faster than the current "rendering" process. We will play photorealistic games.
  • StupidRabbit
    EfrayimHELL YA! I thought COD4 Was one of the greatest games I have ever played! I liked COD WaW Also but I missed the modern Weapons...SO I'm very excited about his WOOT!
    Thats what I wanted to say!!!!! HELLL YEAAAAAAAA
  • Marcus Yam
    curnel_dI want some screenshots.I want screenshots too, man. But even the teaser video for this didn't have anything at all, not even concept art.

    As much as screenshots are great, I hope we'll only get to see a little bit from the game. There's nothing worse than getting tired of a game's look before it's even out.