Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II release date October 28, 2022 Activision Infinity Ward cargo ship barge drone video key art reveal

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Release Date Set for October

Publisher Activision and developer Infinity Ward have used an elaborate publicity stunt to announce the release date for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II will be October 28, 2022. This game is the sequel to the 2019 reboot, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and it is not a remake of 2009’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Clearly, this series uses simple and useful naming conventions.

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Activision revealed the key art and release date for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II in a video that involves plastering the art on a cargo ship and sending out a drone to film it. Here is an explanation of how the video was made:

Over the course of 24 hours, a team maneuvered a massive cargo ship containing a 90,000 square foot Modern Warfare II wrap prominently displaying the popular and fan-favorite Call of Duty video game character Simon “Ghost” Riley. Once the ship docked on the port of Long Beach, a giant puzzle was revealed, as the port contained another MW2 image that aligned with the cargo ship’s wrap.

As the docking took place, drone footage captured the ship’s movement while also revealing a first look at the game’s squad, called “Task Force 141,” featuring a global cast of characters.

Does this extravagant and somewhat arbitrary reveal make you any more excited to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II this October? The game does not have formally announced platforms yet, though a launch on PlayStation seems likely despite Activision Blizzard’s pending acquisition by Microsoft.


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