After suddenly and unexpectedly removing a couple of newly added Call of Duty: Modern Warfare maps, Infinity Ward returns them to the game.
By Michael Beckwith
Published 2 days ago
While 2019’s?Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?continues to be enjoyed by its player-base, it’s apparent that it hasn’t been much of a priority for Activision for a while now. Ever since the release of?Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War?in November 2020, it and?Call of Duty: Warzone?have been the main focus since they continue to receive new seasons of content.?Modern Warfare, on the other hand, hasn’t had a new season since Season 6, which wrapped up just before Black Ops Cold War’s first season.
This hasn’t sat well with those still playing?Modern Warfare but developer Infinity Ward eventually threw fans a bone with a trio of new maps. While unexpected, it was certainly a pleasant surprise, but players were only able to experience them for about a week or so before Infinity Ward suddenly removed two of them. After a couple of months of silence, the developer has finally returned them to the game in a new update.
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As a reminder, the first of these maps?is the Al-Raab Airbase, based on a location from?Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s campaign. It’s available across the 6v6 modes, is somewhat larger than most other maps, and has been added to the 24/7 playlist. The second is an entirely new one called Drainage and is designed solely for?the 2v2 Gunfight mode. It’s currently available in the Gunfight and Gunfight – Snipers Only playlists. The third map, Killhouse, was the only one of the three to not be taken out and has still been available since March. This map originated in Call of Duty 4 aka the original?Modern Warfare.
#ModernWarfare Playlist Update!Live now across platforms:
- Adding ‘Al-Raab Airbase’ 24/7
- Adding ‘Drainage’ to Gunfight and Gunfight- Snipers Only playlists
- Removing Search and Destroy Double Down
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) June 30, 2021
While the update appears to have come out of nowhere, the return of these maps was always on the cards. Some time after their removal, Infinity Ward did explain why it did so, simply saying that the maps just weren’t ready to be added to the game yet.
Some may hope that this is a sign that?Modern Warfare?hasn’t been abandoned just yet and could still receive new content, but that seems rather unlikely. If it were, it would probably only be in small bursts, like these new maps. Aside from?Warzone?and?Black Ops Cold War, Activision also has a brand new?Call of Duty?title in the pipeline for later this year. Details are still incredibly scarce, aside from rumors claiming it’s another World War 2 game, but whatever it turns out to be, that will no doubt become Activision’s next priority.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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After falling in love with videogames during the days of the GameCube, Michael Beckwith has been writing about them since 2014. After graduating from university with a degree in Computer Games Design and Creative Writng, he got his feet wet contributing to a number of smaller sites, before finding a home at GameRant to report on the latest news. When he’s not writing for his own website, Too Long for Twitter, he also takes part in a radio show called The Entertainment Dome. For more of his ramblings about games, film, anime and more, check out his Twitter @Brawler1993.
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