Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 gameplay reveal takes us back to Crew Expendable

A team board a cargo ship in a new mission
(Image credit: Activision)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's gameplay was shown off for the first time at Summer Game Fest, giving viewers a partial look at a mission from the game. 

The footage shows off one of the new story missions, reintroducing players to the Modern Warfare world. The mission shows a covert team infiltrating an oil rig and ship and while it periodically gets action-heavy, it starts as a fairly quiet stealth mission, that predictably devolves into chaos. 

You can catch the gameplay trailer here:

Confusingly, this game is not a remake of the fan-favorite Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 from 2009, but rather a sequel to the 2019 Modern Warfare. That means that this footage is from an entirely new mission. 

That being said, there are clear parallels between this new mission and the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's Crew Expendable mission where players infiltrate a ship, before having to run away as it sinks behind them. The similarities here are very clear, and that likely isn't a mistake. That said, the trailer didn't go long enough to see if the ship actually sinks, which is a bit of a tease.

The game was initially revealed yesterday in a presentation, with the sequel reimagining the original characters from the older franchise – Soap, Captain Price, Gaz, and Ghost are all present here. 

Infinity Ward remained fairly tight-lipped about the prospect of Warzone 2, but had teased that if fans look closely at the reveal trailer from yesterday, there are clues to be found. 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 releases October 28 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Patrick Dane
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