Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has revamped its Ranked Mode system and added the Himmelmatt Expo to its map.
After setting a massive record as the biggest gaming launch of 2022, and adding a ton of new content during post-launch, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 just surprised its fandom with a reworked Ranked Mode, especially when it comes to the Ranked Mode content.
As reported by Game Rant, Infinity Ward just made positive changes to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2‘s ranked mode, following plenty of community feedback regarding the changes. Namely, the newly added Ranked Play has become a massive hit with competitive gamers, despite numerous issues and foul play caused by hackers and cheaters. Luckily, some pain points regarding the game’s map content, or lack thereof, were resolved, and fans are greeting the effort invested by Infinity Ward and Treyarch in making the game more enjoyable.
For context, Activision Blizzard is apparently experimenting a bit with the newest Call of Duty titles. It was previously confirmed that the company wouldn’t be skipping the 2023 release year, but it still makes a major change for Activision as it’s working with Microsoft on the acquisition deal. Still, the company has introduced massive changes to Warzone 2, which started deleting player progress with each seasonal reset—reflecting some of the top-rated online FPS games. And now, the company has added a Ranked Play to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Instead of typical leaderboards and ranked matchmaking, Ranked Play is the official competitive 4v4 Multiplayer experience specifically incorporated into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. This system isn’t a novelty for the Call of Duty franchise, as it was first used in Vanguard. It uses the official rules, restrictions, maps, and modes from the Call of Duty League, putting more emphasis on actually winning matches while featuring some of the typical maps we’ve already got accustomed to seeing in the franchise.
The mode introduced a new ranking system and several other changes to the game. Some of those included implementing a crucial feature from Battlefield 2042, thus mitigating potential health issues associated with flashing images. But it also removed some of the less popular maps and replaced them with more popular ones, which actually won the gaming community’s approval, with many stating that Treyarch should be the next developer to actually helm the franchise and maintain it on its current track.
These improvements actually make Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 more akin to other competitive games found on typical e-sports events, as the newly introduced skill division system directly affects matchmaking at higher levels, preventing the game from mixing absolute noobs with absolute pros. And to be entirely honest, it was long overdue, especially with hackers trying to dominate the game and scale the ranks quickly. The new ranking system will help weed out the hackers from gamers with actual skill, making the ranked gaming experience much more enjoyable for all.
Besides the Ranked Mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Activision is apparently developing the same for Warzone 2, though those are just speculation at this point. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is currently available on PC and both previous- and current-gen PlayStation and Xbox platforms.