Call of Duty? Depends.

modern-warfare-2Not two weeks ago we brought you an image of the Modern Warfare 2 box art, complete with the Call of Duty label. Activision stepped in with this to say:

Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2 is the direct sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. We have focused our attention on Modern Warfare in order to most effectively communicate the fact that this is the first true sequel in the Call of Duty series. Infinity Ward, the original creators of the Call of Duty franchise, has said from the beginning Modern Warfare 2 resides in the Call of Duty universe. This is reflected in the title’s package.

It appears that, despite the photo and Activision‘s statement, not everything is quite so cut and dried. Robert Bowling, Community Manager for Infinity Ward, announced that the standard version of Modern Warfare 2 will retain the Call of Duty name, but both of the premium editions will be entirely Modern Warfare.

I can see this back-and-forth between Activision and Infinity Ward causing some confusion over the holidays. Let us hope these gaming giants know what they’re doing.

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  • This kinda thing annoys me. Because on one side, i would love it to just be the name “Modern Warfare 2”. But they are going to get fuck all sales because everyone recognises the Call Of Duty name.
    If anything though, this is a smart move, because if you are just a gamer then you would just buy the normal version and be fine with it.
    But obviously if you are getting the limited or crazy fucked up awesome version then you must be a fan of the game and must know about it, so they will still be get these bought too.
    Either way, i’m just buying the “Hardened one” not the crazy one. I really don’t have a use for night vision goggles. Apart from flicking the switch on and on again that makes them turn on and go PINGGG. You know what sound i mean… PIING

  • Well the funny thing is that Infinity Ward is owned wholly BY Activision. Activision just wants to milk the game for all it’s worth.

    Back to a discussion from my last MW2 article, I think this is just the first step in IW attempting to break off. This, of course, would mean buying themselves out of Activision, but with the massive success of CoD: Modern Warfare, that probably wouldn’t be out of the question.