Time could be up on Call of Duty: WWII Vanguard, as fresh leaks claim Modern Warfare 2 Remastered will replace it in 2021.

12:03, 28 Apr 2021

The Call of Duty rumours keep on coming, and just days after we claimed Call of Duty: WWII Vanguard might not release in 2021, it looks Activision has already found a suitable replacement.

Like clockwork, we've come to expect a new CoD game every year, as Activision rotates through Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. The last time we didn't have a new game was all the way back in 2004, but keen to fill that Cod-shaped hole in our lives, new reports claim a Modern Warfare 2 remaster is on the way.

In March last year, Activision gave hope to the beloved franchise entry with the surprise drop of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Since then, the idea of a fully remastered version of the 2009 classic has refused to go away. With worrying claims Vanguard is a "f*****g disaster", it sounds like Sledgehammer needs to take the upcoming game back to the shop for a tune-up. Thankfully, Modern Warfare 2 Remastered could be here to save the day.

 

What's the Modern Warfare 2 Remastered news?

The latest leaks come courtesy of @ZestyCODLeaks, who is adamant Sledgehammer will be demoted back to its role as a support studio. The big news here is that we're still on track for a 2021 release, however, it won't be the widely publicised Vanguard. Instead, Activision is tipped to release Modern Warfare 2 Remastered and neatly slot into the publisher's roadmap. Adding to this, ZestyCODLeaks says Modern Warfare 2 Remastered will sit alongside 2019's Modern Warfare, 2020's Black Ops Cold War, and Warzone - providing content "throughout 2022". 

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Elsewhere, leaker MW2 OG claims they've heard about the troubles at Vanguard HQ. As well as there being no concrete release date for the WWII title, there are continued concerns it won't make a 2021 release date. With this in mind, MW2 OG has heard whispers of a Modern Warfare "revamp" that will include content that was cut from the 2019 game and parts of MW2. Players already know Activision hasn't completely abandoned MW2. When the remastered campaign released, buying the game also gave you access to the "Classic Ghost Bundle" for Modern Warfare and Warzone

 

Is Modern Warfare 2 Remastered coming in 2021?

Just like any CoD leak, we need to take all of the above with a mountain of salt. Activision is known for changing things around at the last minute. Then again, ZestyCoDLeaks is sure this is what's going on. They also stuck their neck out on the line and said they already had this information but held off on posting until they were 100% sure. Considering Activision has been clamping down on leaks in the wake of Cold War, it's a bold move to make from the trusted leaker.

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A final wink in the right direction is the fact Activision apparently slapped a DCMA takedown on the leak when it was discussed on Discord. There were criticisms that the remastered MW2 campaign didn't include a multiplayer element. Remembering multiplayer is many people's CoD bread and butter, there were hopes devs were holding out on multiplayer for a fully remasted Modern Warfare 2 further down the line. Releasing the campaign could've been a way to test the waters to see if there was still potential in shipping a remaster. 

Industry insider Tom Henderson (the one who branded Vanguard a f*****g disaster) has previously suggested Sledgehammer's troubled title will still release in 2021 thanks to a “recovery map”. For the time being, we're lost in our own warzone of 4chan leaks, rumours, and speculation. Whether Activision is about to deliver a fatal blow to Vanguard and give Modern Warfare 2 Remastered a chance to shine remains to be seen. Until all this blows over, we're off to hide in our Cold War bunker.

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