Modern Warfare 2 Remastered trailer leaks, release rumored for tomorrow

Evidence that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is in the offing continue to pile up. Last week, it appeared on South Korea's Game Rating and Administrating Committee website, and a few days ago dataminers claimed to find key art in the files of Modern Warfare's latest update. And today, courtesy of the MW2 Remastered fan account on Twitter, we've got a full-blown campaign trailer.

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It's not official, but it sure looks legit, eh? The updated game is expected to arrive tomorrow, March 31, which as VGC pointed out would coincide with the PlayStation Store's weekly update. A listing for the game also briefly appeared on the PSN Store in Germany.

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The remastered Modern Warfare 2 will reportedly still feature No Russian, an infamous level in which players witness, and can participate in, a massacre of civilians at a Moscow airport carried out by members of a Russian ultra-nationalist group. Activision removed the mission from the original Russian release of Modern Warfare 2, and changed it in others to keep players from actively killing civilians.

(The recently-released Modern Warfare reboot angered Russians by turning a real-world Gulf War massacre committed by US and Coalition forces—popularly known as the Highway of Death—into a Russian atrocity. Russian soldiers are also portrayed as amoral sadists at various points in the game. One Russian review site called the game "idiotic propaganda," and the user score on Metacritic is 2.4/10, largely owing to complaints of historical revisionism.)

The remastered release will not include a multiplayer mode, according to reports, but the trailer indicates that players who purchase Modern Warfare 2 Remastered will get a Ghost skin, weapon blueprints, and other items for use in Modern Warfare multiplayer and the free-to-play battle royale Call of Duty: Warzone.

This has been a long time coming—rumors of a Modern Warfare 2 remaster first surfaced back in 2018—but at this point it looks almost certain that official confirmation, and quite possibly the release, are imminent. We'll keep you posted.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.