A data miner, known as cod_sploitzimgz in Twitter, uploaded images, which allegedly contained references to a Zombies mode, within the game files of the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, displaying terms such as “Round Based Zombies” and “Outbreak.” As reported by internal gamesthese images were removed due to a copyright claim by Activision, which pretty much confirms that the files are real, though it doesn’t necessarily mean that the mode’s presence is a sure thing.
Insider Gaming rightly points out that these could just be weird snippets of code that were inadvertently left behind and removed by Activision to temper fan expectations. However, the mode’s inclusion would make sense given recent reports about the future of the Call of Duty franchise. As it was first broadcast by BloombergCall of Duty may skip 2023, meaning it might not release a main entry in the series that year, which would be the first time that’s happened since 2004, the year after the original title was released.
According to Bloomberg, this change was due to 2021’s Call of Duty: Vanguard, which apparently “failed to meet expectations”. If the report were true, it stands to reason that Activision would want to develop as much content as possible for this year’s Modern Warfare 2, as it will have a two-year shelf life instead of the usual one. Zombies likely won’t be available when the game launches, especially given how close we are to launch, but it could be part of Modern Warfare 2’s content roadmap that may lead into 2024.
Modern Warfare 2 is looking to be one of the most content-rich titles in the series, with a full campaign, revamped Spec Ops mode, DMZ Extraction mode, and Warzone 2.0. This potential Zombies mode would add to that. This would not be the first time that the Infinity Ward studio has faced zombies in Call of Duty. Although mainly handled by Treyarch in its Black Ops sub-series, Infinity Ward developed their own iteration of zombies in 2016’s Infinite Warfare.
For 2019’s Modern Warfare, however, it was skipped, but it could be that the franchise’s potential absence from 2023 onwards could have prompted its inclusion so players wouldn’t have to go as long without the fan-favorite mode. The demand could also be exacerbated by the fact that Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Zombies mode was widely considered a downgrade of Treyarch’s games, due to how streamlined it was.
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