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Holy crap: Rust looks gorgeous in this fan-created Modern Warfare 2 remaster

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Remember when Modern Warfare 2 Remastered dropped earlier this year (opens in new tab) and didn't include the multiplayer? One group of fans weren't too happy about that, so they're remastering it themselves. After months of work, the team behind the unofficial remaster recently dropped an impressive showcase of MW2's most legendary map—Rust.

Ah yes, the dusty haven that hosted countless quickscoping showdowns and some of my greatest killstreaks of 2009. The remaster looks very faithful to the 2009 original, so it's interesting to learn that this version was actually recreated within 2015's Black Ops 3, according to the mod team's official Discord (opens in new tab). That means this mod also has no ties to the official Modern Warfare 2 campaign remaster.

That definitely got me curious at just how much the mod will feel like MW2. The mod's Q&A says the aim is to "bring back the golden days of Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer," but clarifies that the project is "not a remake like Modern Warfare Remastered was. Only the graphics are being overhauled."

Despite that statement, one developer clarified to me that everything from weapons, perks, and killstreaks will look and feel how they did in the original game.

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(Image credit: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Multipayer Remastered mod)

But, exactly which version of classic MW2 is being recreated? Will I have to deal with those crazy-overpowered 1887 shotguns that everyone ran with Akimbo at launch? The team is picking and choosing returning elements to find the right balance of nostalgia and fun. That means, thankfully, the 1887s will be the post-nerf versions. In the case of the One Man Army perk, the mod will actually make a tweak that never made it to the original game by not replenishing explosives when switching classes on-the-fly.

With a plan for at least nine multiplayer maps, the mod sounds promising. I'm still curious to see how well the feel of MW2 can be recreated in a game made by a different studio six years later, though. Sadly, it could be a while before we find out. There's no official release date for the mod quite yet.

To hold you over, there's actually an official Rust remake that's absolutely worth your time—the equally gorgeous version (opens in new tab) playable right now in Modern Warfare 2019.

Thanks, Charlie INTEL (opens in new tab)

Morgan Park
Morgan Park

Morgan has been writing for PC Gamer since 2018, first as a freelancer and currently as a staff writer. He has also appeared on Polygon, Kotaku, Fanbyte, and PCGamesN. Before freelancing, he spent most of high school and all of college writing at small gaming sites that didn't pay him. He's very happy to have a real job now. Morgan is a beat writer following the latest and greatest shooters and the communities that play them. He also writes general news, reviews, features, the occasional guide, and bad jokes in Slack. Twist his arm, and he'll even write about a boring strategy game. Please don't, though.