Call of Duty’s Modern Warfare series has always been known for its amazing campaigns and now we know a ton about what 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 has in store for us. Here’s a first look at the characters, missions, and storyline of MW2.
Modern Warfare 2 has been officially revealed, with Infinity Ward dropping the gameplay trailer on June 8 and a campaign mission showcased at Summer Games Fest on June 9.
CharlieIntel was able to learn about Modern Warfare 2 during a crafting session with Infinity Ward. Here’s everything we’ve learned about Modern Warfare 2’s campaign, like the characters, missions, and overall plot.
Of course, there will be minor spoilers here for the Modern Warfare 2 campaign, you have been warned!
Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Scenario
When we last hooked up with Price at the end of Modern Warfare 2019, he was gathering Task Force 141 to combat the threat posed by Zakhaev Junior. modern warfare 2 resumes three years later with 141 fully trained and operating worldwide.
While plot details are slim at this time, Modern Warfare 2’s storyline kicks off after an American strike kills a foreign general. This nation vows revenge, and Task Force 141 teams up with Mexican Special Forces to stop the threat.
Task Force 141 is not the tight-knit unit one would expect, with Ghost often working as a “one-man army” that “will not agree with the group”. After the discovery that the terrorist group Al-Qatala is working with the Mexican drug cartel “Las Alamas”, Ghost realizes that he cannot do everything alone and asks for help from Colonel Alejandro Vargas of the Mexican Special Forces. .
The campaign will see Task Force 141 travel around the world during the campaign, visiting the Middle East, Europe, Mexico and the United States.
Modern Warfare 2019’s campaign was designed to be “provocative” and put players in awkward positions, but Modern Warfare 2 sees Task Force 141 do “heroic, badass things”, but they are “humans, not superheroes.
Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Characters
Captain John Price
SAS Captain John Price is the leader of Task Force 141 and has a complicated relationship with authority, often preferring to get the job done in his sometimes unconventional way.
Price has his own sense of morality, understanding that war isn’t always black or white, explaining in MW 2019, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”
Kyle ‘Gas’ Garrick
Sergeant Kyle ‘Gaz’ Garrick joined Captain Price’s Bravo Team after Al-Qatala’s attack on Picadilly Circus in Modern Warfare 2019.
Loyal to Price throughout the mission to recover the stolen chemical weapons, Gaz was his first choice to join Task Force 141.
John ‘Soap’ MacTavish
Soap was the main playable protagonist of the original Modern Warfare trilogy and returns in the reboot’s second installment.
Described by Price as an expert in snipers and demolitions, Soap will likely take on the stealthier missions of Task Force 141 in Modern Warfare 2’s campaign.
Simon “Ghost” Riley
Not much is known about Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley other than that he works as a lone wolf who doesn’t always agree with the rest of Task Force 141. The campaign will see Ghost realize that he can’t always be an army -man and brings Vargas into the fold.
Colonel Alejandro Vargas
Mexican Special Forces Colonel Alejandro Vargas is a brand new character in Modern Warfare 2, introduced by Ghost.
We don’t know much about his character yet, but his knowledge should be vital in Task Force 141’s fight against Las Alamas.
Modern Warfare 2 will also introduce another new character – Graves. Described as an ally of Task Force 141, Graves is a private military contractor for the Shadow Company.
Shadow Company helped General Shepherd betray Task Force 141 in Modern Warfare 2 in 2009, but with the new timeline and continuity, we’ll have to wait and see if they can be trusted.
In Modern Warfare 2019, Kate Laswell was the supervisor of the CIA’s Special Activities Division and had a close working relationship with Price, giving her permission to form Task Force 141.
Three years later in Modern Warfare 2, Laswell is a CIA station chief and will be in the field with Task Force 141.
Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Missions
Infinity Ward took the opportunity to show off Modern Warfare 2 gameplay at Summer Game Fest on June 9 with a campaign mission called Dark Water.
The mission takes place on the American Atlantic coast, following members of Task Force 141 as they board an enemy platform to disarm a missile.
The mission promises to be intense, with rainy weather and high winds pushing huge cargo containers everywhere. There are both stealth and chaotic aspects to the mission, with explosive barrels being fired in a firefight.
Nightwar is an action-packed mission in the Modern Warfare 2 campaign, where the player takes charge of Soap.
This mission takes place at night when an allied helicopter crashes in the area as Task Force 141 moves. After using night vision to clear a building full of terrorists, 141 moves in to secure the downed helicopter.
As the helicopter is overrun with a ton of enemies, the mission ends with a rocket hitting the helicopter.
Although longtime CoD players will recognize “Wet Work” for the multiplayer map, it’s a campaign level in Modern Warfare 2 that shows off the new swimming and water mechanics.
Wet Work is a stealth mission set in Amsterdam where the player takes control of Gaz as he and Price seek to find out who is smuggling on behalf of the terrorists.
Much of the wet work takes place underwater, with Price advising Gaz to stick to using knives to keep things stealthy. Using water as cover, Gaz moves around the area silently dispatching targets one at a time, pulling them into the water for a silent kill.
This level features several different mechanics such as ledge blocking and underwater shooting and ends when Price and Gaz discover that terrorists are using the Mexican cartel, “Las Alamas”, to smuggle goods.
Modern Warfare 2’s Tower mission takes place in a major city, but we don’t know which one. In this level, players rappel down the side of a building and have full control over how they push back – head first or feet first.
This mission allows players to approach it in their own way, with a variety of different playstyles.
Vehicle based mission
Although we don’t know its official name, the fourth mission shown was vehicle-based, where the player fought in and out of vehicles in a convoy in Mexico.
This mission features all new vehicle mechanics, where players can shoot out of windows, climb on top of vehicles, and even commandeer other cars while driving. The developers have stated that any vehicle can be driven by the player, so it is one of the most cinematic missions in the game.
Also, later in the campaign there will be a level reminiscent of All Ghillied Up where the player dons a ghillie suit and teams up with Price for long range snipers. The developers said that after their work on Warzone, they can create massive environments.
For more on Call of Duty in the meantime, be sure to check out when Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 4 are due out.
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