Modern Warfare 2 is bringing Call of Duty back to Steam

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(Image credit: Activision)

Update June 2: Call of Duty's return to Steam looks all but certain at this point. On Thursday, the Call of Duty Twitter account tweeted "the ultimate weapon is team," setting a reveal date for Modern Warfare 2 on Wednesday, June 8. Minutes later, Valve's official Steam Twitter account responded:

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is team, eh? Subtle.

Original story: In 2017, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was released on—the first game in the series available on Activision Blizzard's launcher rather than Steam. The trend continued with  subsequent CoDs: Modern Warfare, Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Vanguard. That trend might be reversing with this year's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, if we can read into splash art spotted on Steam and then posted to Reddit by a user named Kalinine.

The art, which was found at the bottom of pages for Call of Duty DLC, was quickly removed and now blank images show underneath pages like the one collecting DLC for Black Ops 3. While it was still live, the splash showed the same image of Lt. Simon 'Ghost' Riley being used to promote Modern Warfare 2 in, for example, the tweet announcing its release date. Cheers to Redditor garysplay, who saved a link to the background art.

While it could be a simple error on the part of whoever looks after updating the CoD pages on Steam, the series returning to Valve's storefront would make sense. Modern Warfare 2 will be the first CoD released since Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and Microsoft has been bringing more games to Steam in recent years. The Halo series, for instance, as well as Gears 5, Sea of Thieves, Minecraft Dungeons, and the last couple of Forza Horizon games.

It's hard to imagine, even if CoD does return to Steam, that Blizzard games like World of Warcraft will follow it, however. And even if Modern Warfare 2 does come out on Steam, that doesn't guarantee you won't have to use to launch it as well. That's still the case with Ubisoft's games and Uplay, er, I mean Ubisoft Connect. We'll find out closer to Modern Warfare 2's launch on October 28.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.

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