Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II comes out in Fall 2022, and as we inch closer and closer to its inevitable release date, more and more information about the game is being revealed. Recently, CoD pro Censor, streamer Dr Disrespect, and Activision itself have all made interesting comments about the upcoming game. Here's everything you need to know about Modern Warfare II, Censor, Dr Disrespect, and "Advanced" CoD.
Pro CoD Player Thinks Modern Warfare II Will Suck
Call of Duty pro eSports player Censor recently made a few comments about Modern Warfare II, saying that he's heard from his sources (which he doesn't plan on revealing) that the game is going to suck. While he's, himself, staying cautiously optimistic, this Call of Duty pro doesn't have much hope for this year's installment.
At a glance, this might sound disturbing. After all, who but a professional player, who actually plays the games for a living, would know better if any certain Call of Duty is any good? Well, that's actually a lot more complicated a question than you might think. The thing is, pro players and the people in public lobbies want very different things out of a Call of Duty game.
A successful Call of Duty, which includes all the most beloved classic Call of Duty games like the original Modern Warfare games, doesn't succeed at the same things a successful, competitive shooter succeeds at. This is why pro Call of Duty is played with a CDL ruleset or as private scrimmages between teams with custom rules agreed upon by the players.
Call of Duty is known for its powerful guns, insane killstreaks, and crazy plays you can only pull off because of the exceedingly powerful kit of guns and equipment you load into a map with, on top of skill, of course. An eSport is all about teamwork, holding angles, practicing equipment placements and throws, and never really relying on cheesy attachments or guns that are so powerful that it makes the whole sense of competition fall apart.
Accordingly, many pros, including Censor, were excited about Call of Duty: Vanguard before release, even though the game has since flopped in a major way. There was excitement in the pro community because of the news about a return to more traditional map design, a familiar minimap, no more Dead Silence as it was in Modern Warfare (2019), etcetera.
In this sense, it's easy to understand why the talk about Modern Warfare II might make pros uncomfortable. There's an Escape from Tarkov-like third-mode called DMZ coming in this game, which will be nothing like competitive CoD action, and doubtlessly, guns are going to look and feel amazing in part because they're so powerful and can shred you almost instantly. None of this is particularly good for the pro scene, and on top of that, Infinity Ward games tend to have lackluster CDL support as compared to Treyarch games, so once again, there's little reason to be excited for a pro.
However, for somebody not interested in playing the game and competing for money, many of these same things won't sound negative at all. Plus, considering Modern Warfare II is going to be supported for a full two years, there's a good chance that eventually we'll see a robust competitive mode come to the game anyways that addresses a lot of Censor's fears.
Dr Disrespect and Modern Warfare II
Recently, Modern Warfare II was demoed for a select group of people invited by Activision, including streamers, influencers, celebrities, etcetera. Dr Disrespect was not in attendance for this event. This has led many to wonder if there's bad blood between the legendary streamer and Activision or if, perhaps, the game isn't in a good place and Activision didn't want Dr Disrespect to, well, go out there and disrespect the upcoming title after playing it.
However, Dr Disrespect clarified that he wasn't invited because of his involvement in Midnight Society, a game dev setup hell-bent on dominating the eSport world and delivering a world-class shooter of its own. The Doc was flattered that he wasn't included because Activision felt he, and his team at Midnight Society, were actual Call of Duty competitors.
This is interesting news, in part, because we haven't heard much from Midnight Society lately. Some have been concerned that the studio is more of a PR move for the Doc than a serious game development endeavor, but based on what the Doc said, it sounds a lot more like the studio is actively hard at work on developing games.
Activision and "Advanced" Call of Duty
According to Activision, Modern Warfare II is going to be the most 'advanced' Call of Duty ever worked on by the largest team ever for the franchise. This news comes on top of the fact that Modern Warfare II has been in development longer than the previous Call of Duty games, too.
In part, this is likely further evidence this game will come exclusively to the next-gen consoles, like PS5 and Series X, alongside PC and not to PS4 and Xbox One as well. Sad news for PS4 and Xbox One owners, but great news for fans of the franchise, as this means the latest game won't technically be held back by the capabilities of the older consoles.
This also means that like the jump from Black Ops 4 to Modern Warfare (2019) that saw Infinity Ward completely overhaul their engine and modernize CoD as a franchise, we might see that kind of jump in Modern Warfare II, kickstarting the next generation of Call of Duty games with the first one to launch exclusively on a new console generation.