Here's what we don't know, for sure: that there will be a remastered version of 2009's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 released this year. Neither original developers Infinity Ward nor publisher Activision has made any official noise to the effect of: yes, you'll soon get this game for your Xbox One or PS4, looking sharper than it ever has.
But, here's what we do know, for sure: the Pan European Game Information board (PEGI) has confirmed an (18-certificate) age rating for a game titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. But there's a caveat. Well, a couple, actually.
Firstly, this new rating only covers "Campaign Remastered" - which doesn't bode so well for fans of the game's various multiplayer maps. And secondly, the listing as it stands is only for PlayStation 4 - so could Sony players get access to the much-requested Remaster before it arrives on any other platform? 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.
Modern Warfare 2 Remastered PEGI Rating
(Obviously ignore that release date, LOL.)
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, only to be 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).
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.
So, what are we thinking? Is Modern Warfare 2 really Modern Warfare 2 without the multiplayer? Would you pay a little more to get this as a bonus, alongside the main game for 2019 - or would you prefer to see MW2 come out as a standalone offering? Share your thoughts - we're on Facebook and Twitter.
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