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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0 Set to Bring Big Changes to Popular Franchise

The upcoming games were the stars of the Call of Duty: Next show.

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It's going to be a busy time for Call of Duty fans. 

Infinity Ward

New games and updates for the popular military shooter franchise Call of Duty were shown off on Thursday during the Call of Duty: Next event. 

Modern Warfare 2, Warzone 2.0 and Warzone Mobile were the focus of the show. Developers from Infinity Ward ran down what's new in the future games, which are being dubbed the next generation of Call of Duty. 

A new trailer for Modern Warfare 2 featured the game's multiplayer mode, showing off new maps, equipment and mechanics that'll also make their way to Warzone 2.0. This includes a third-person view, dynamic movements and Gunsmith 2.0, which will let players customize their favorite weapons even more. As for equipment, players will have access to an inflatable decoy to distract opponents, a DDoS tool to take over enemies' electronics and a drill mine to take out someone who's camped on the floor above. 

Modern Warfare 2, which launches in October, will add new modes, including a 20 vs. 20 Invasion mode that makes for big battles and features AI-controlled participants. Prisoner Rescue is a six vs. six match type where attackers need to find hostages and carry them out of the base. There'll also be a new raid mode consisting of teams of three players that'll require exceptional teamwork and that's set to come out later this year. 

Warzone 2.0 is scheduled to launch Nov. 16 and will have a new Al Mazrah map as well as proximity chat, which lets players hear each other while playing, as long as they're within a certain distance. The safe space on the map referred to as the "circle" will also see a change in Warzone 2.0. It can now split into smaller circles, meaning players will battle in smaller areas as the match moves along. DMZ is a new mode coming to Warzone 2.0, with players trying to extract loot from a base controlled by other players and AI-controlled combatants. 

Warzone Mobile made its debut at the show and will bring the Warzone experience to phones. The game is designed for touchscreen controls and has the same Verdansk map of the original Warzone. It'll have weapons, kill streaks and other components found in the free-to-play game. 

Modern Warfare 2 is set to launch Oct. 28 on PS4, PS5PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S for $70. The beta for the game starts on PlayStation platforms starting Sept. 16 and then on Xbox and PC platforms on Sept. 22 with people who preordered the game getting early access. 

Warzone 2.0 will is scheduled to start on Nov. 16 on PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S and is free to play. Warzone Mobile should be available on iOS and Android in 2023, with preregistration already available at the Google Play Store