Activision shuts down highly-anticipated fan-made MW2 remake

Activision shuts down highly-anticipated fan-made MW2 remake
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Jack Marsh


17th May 2023 19:40

Just as the second iteration of Modern Warfare 2 passes the halfway stage as the leading title, heading into an abrupt Modern Warfare 3, Activision has swiftly shut down one of the most highly anticipated fan-made adaptations of the iconic Call of Duty series.

With Modern Warfare 2 not really packing that nostalgic punch that we expected to, although more remastered maps are on the way, one set of Call of Duty loyalists have been hard at work making a throwback game consisting of everything amazing to come out of the franchise.

However, two years into development of "SM2", reports now suggest that Activision has branded this fan-made game a cease and desist order, shutting down the title that fans thought would be better than Modern Warfare 2 itself.

Activision cease the fan-made Modern Warfare 2 remake

The fan-made game looked to completely remaster the 2009 Modern Warfare 2 title and combine it with other classic features, such as weapons (e.g. Ghosts’ Honey Badger) and modes, akin to Call of Duty: Mobile.

Having gained a lot of attention from players hoping to really relive their childhoods, the modded game was extremely far down the development cycle.

However, the project has been axed, as its official Twitter page has revealed that Activision sent a cease and desist orders to reclaim the assets and shut the project down entirely.

"Today, a team member received a cease and desist letter on behalf of Activision Publishing in relation to the SM2 project. We are complying with this order and shutting down all operations permanently," reads a message from their Discord channel.

Call of Duty community mourns axed fan-made MW2 remake

With the title officially shut down, including the SM2 website which now directs to their Twitter message announcing the news, fans have taken to social media to mourn the unreleased game.

"SM2 was going to be the BEST Call of Duty, but Activision Cancelled it." said one. Another added, "Meet Activision, a billion dollar company that refuses to make a Call of Duty that will exceed expectations, AND destroys any chance of the community themselves making anything related to their game."

Fans have now called on Activision to put its money where its mouth is and build something similar. "If you're going to shut down something fun for the COD community made by passionate COD fans FOR FREE then the least you could do is make something similar with the billions you have you," claimed an angered SM2 hopeful.

The publishers have recently teased a similar project that will scrap map rotations, although nothing more has been added, leaving the nostalgic fans with a sour taste in their mouths.

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