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Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 early patch notes: Ranked Play, new weapons, maps, modes, Hardcore

Here’s everything you need to know about Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 including the start date and content arriving with the update.



Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 key art

2023 presents players with Modern Warfare 2 Season 2, so let’s look at when it starts and the content it’s going to drop including weapons, maps, Hardcore mode, and Ranked Play.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is still alive and well as we coast through the early stages of 2023. While the latest major update arrived on December 14 with Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 Reloaded, players are eager for the delayed Season 2 content to land.

While CoD fans can expect the usual assortment of new maps, weapons, and Operators in Season 2, leaks have also provided insight into the content that could arrive with the update.

Here’s everything we know about Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 so far, including the official start date, leaks surrounding weapons and game modes, and the arrival of Ranked Play.

Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 release date

The Call of Duty Team announced that the Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 update is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, 2022. These seasonal updates usually arrive at around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT.

The Season 1 Battle Pass timer was expected to end on February 1, which many believed to be the start date for Season 2. However, the devs confirmed a two-week delay.

Modern Warfare 2 Ranked Play arriving in Season 2

According to the devs, Modern Warfare 2 Ranked Play is arriving with Season 2. Treyarch also confirmed that Ranked Play will indeed arrive on the February 15 launch day, and not later on in the season as part of the midseason update.

For now, fans of competitive Call of Duty can scratch their itch by playing the CDL Moshpit playlist. While there’s no ladder to climb, you can use our best CDL Moshpit loadout guide to dominate the opposition and practice rotations for Ranked Play.

CDL Operator Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 weapons leaked

Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 will bring five new weapons to the game, as revealed by the devs in the Season 2 blog. While there is no official news regarding what these weapons will be, there have been leaks and rumors.

Datamining and a new attachment added to the game suggest that the Crossbow and Vepr-12 Shotgun could arrive in Modern Warfare 2 Season 2.

The Crossbow has appeared in several recent Call of Duty titles and was useable in the campaign, so its arrival would be no great surprise. The semi-automatic Vepr-12 has been theorized because Private Matches briefly showed unreleased Shotgun muzzles, and one directly matched the Vepr-12.

Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 game mode leaks

Infinity Ward are yet to officially reveal the modes coming in Modern Warfare 2 Season 2, with an announcement coming soon.

That said, according to leaks through data mining, the fan-favorite Gun Game, Gunfight, and Cranked modes are set to arrive during Season 2.

Gun Game is the classic Call of Duty party game, putting players in a free-for-all match where players receive a new weapon for each kill. The first player to get a kill with every weapon, usually ending in something unique like a crossbow or ballistic knife, wins.

Gun Game logo and Shoothouse in Modern Warfare 2

Gunfight is typically a round-based 2v2 mode taking place on small maps where the players have the same weapon and equipment. Eliminating the opponents or capturing the flag secures the round, and the first to win six rounds wins.

It was already confirmed that Gunfight would be coming to Modern Warfare 2 post-launch, and if this leak is to be believed, then it could arrive during Season 2.

The same leaker also revealed an icon for what appears to be Cranked, where players have increased movement speed after each kill but must keep getting kills before the timer expires or they blow up, alongside Warzone’s Plunder mode.

One thing we do know is that the Valentine’s Day playlists are returning to the game in Season 2, as well as a new system where Infinity Ward will be putting a poll up on Twitter to let players vote on “one of that week’s playlists from a rotating pool.”

Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 Hardcore Mode

With players not fully satisfied by the presence of Tier 1 in Modern Warfare 2, a fully-fledged Hardcore Mode is being added in MW2.

Tier 1 felt more like the Realism mode featured in Modern Warfare 2019, whereas Hardcore Mode will retain its original identity from previous CoD titles.

Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 leaked maps

A remake of the classic Castle map will not be heading to Modern Warfare 2 with the Season 2 update.

On December 5, leaks revealed key art for Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 convincing players that the classic Castle map might arrive with the update. However, it turns out that the leaked images corresponded to the new Ashika Island Resurgence map for Warzone 2.

Speculation continues to run rampant concerning the new maps that are set to arrive in Season 2 of Modern Warfare 2. While the devs have kept the Season 2 maps under wraps, CharlieIntel suggested to temper expectations: “if you expect more than 2 6v6 maps in Season 02, just don’t.”

Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 Ronin Operator

A familiar face should be returning in Modern Warfare 2 as the Season 2 key art revealed that Ronin could arrive with the Season 2 update. Previously, leaked artwork clearly showed Ronin as the season’s main Operator which further points toward the arrival of Ronin.

Call of Duty fans have been vocal about wanting realistic military-based Operators in Modern Warfare 2 and Ronin falls into this category.

Modern Warfare 2 UI update coming in Season 2

The UI in Modern Warfare 2 has been a massive complaint for players ever since the Beta, but luckily the devs have been listening and are implementing some changes in the Season 2 update.

These changes include the following:

  • Improved navigation and organization of Camo menu
  • More polished Social tab, including improved channel swapping and player muting
  • New “My Bundles” screen
  • Quick equip items from Battlepass, My Bundles, and Store
  • Reticle previews in Store and Gunsmith
  • Improved clarity of attachment blocking logic in Gunsmith
  • And many more bug fixes

Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 Perk Balancing

In the Season 2 blog, the devs state that they have been listening to feedback from the community about the “timing of bonus Perks,” more specifically, Ghost.

So, to help this issue, they have decided to reduce the time it takes for players to get both Bonus and Ultimate Perks, meaning that players will get Ghost earlier on in matches, which they feel better supports those looking to play more aggressively.

Modern Warfare 2 audio fixes

The audio in Modern Warfare 2 will be getting some fixes, as the game’s audio occlusion system will get a “newer and more advanced system.” This should make it easier for players to hear enemies and other audio cues through objects like walls.

To keep you busy in the meantime, you can check out some of our other Modern Warfare 2 guides:

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