Now, while a remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has not been confirmed for release, 10 years on from the original, we can sort of get excited as if it has.
Neither of the developers have confirmed it, but an age rating certificate sort of has. The Pan European Game Information board (PEGI) has confirmed an (18-certificate) age rating for a game titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which on paper sounds pretty much like a confirmation... But it isn't quite as it seems.
Firstly, the new rating only covers 'Campaign Remastered', which is obviously bad news for fans of the game's various multiplayer maps. Plus, the listing is currently only for PlayStation 4 - so Sony players could potentially get access to the much-requested remaster before it arrives on other platforms. It wouldn't be the first time that a CoD game has released with console-exclusive timed content - post-launch content for 2018's Black Ops IIII came first to PS4.
The age rating certificate that has got us all excited. Credit: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered PEGI Rating
If the remaster does show up as a campaign-only experience, that'll tally with rumours that did the rounds in early 2018, when an Italian Amazon listing for said game - Modern Warfare 2, campaign only - was spied, before being swiftly removed. It was priced at a point, perhaps reflecting its streamlined form, at around 20 Euros.
But of course, just because a game listing appears on PEGI, doesn't mean that the game in question will actually come out (although, sure, they usually do). As for how players get their hands on MW2 Remastered - if it's coming out - we can only speculate whether it'll be a standalone purchase from day one, or if it'll be offered as a special-edition incentive to drive pre-orders for whatever the new CoD in 2019 proves to be (it's also being developed by Infinity Ward).
The game could potentially relaunch on PS4 first. Credit: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
The first Modern Warfare, originally released in 2007, received a remaster in 2016, initially as a complementary game alongside that year's Infinite Warfare. Could we see the same kind of package appear later this year?
Seems possible, at least. The MW remaster was the work of Raven Software, an Activision subsidiary studio active with the CoD series - and it could be that it's been beavering away on MW2 Remastered while Infinity Ward focuses on the brand-new CoD for 2019.
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