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Is the ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’ Remaster Real?

  • Rating suddenly appears on South Korean rating site.
  • Second time the rumored title has appeared on a rating board.
  • Is it coming afterall?

A few short years ago, Call of Duty was having a bit of an identity crisis. In an effort to freshen things up, the franchise kept going a bit further into the future until we ended up having a Call of Duty knockoff of Killzone in the form of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. To be fair, I didn’t hate the game, but I certainly didn’t purchase it for its own sake. You see when it launched it came with a remaster of the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The 2007 hit got a major facelift, updated for modern gaming, and it was great to return to my old stomping grounds that were mostly left intact except for the less than thrilling addition of COD points and lootboxes.

The success of Modern Warfare Remastered practically carried Call of Duty that year, which of course has had fans clamoring for Modern Warfare 2 to be remastered, which would undoubtedly lead to calls for a remastering of Modern Warfare 3 if that ever happened. In an age where remasters are commonplace, there are a number of people absolutely certain that a Modern Warfare 2 remaster will happen, and every now and then there is a spark of hope to keep that alive. In 2018 there was a brief sighting of Modern Warfare 2 Remastered as a stand-alone campaign experience. However, after a lot of chatter surrounding it, it dropped off the face of the earth.

Now in the early months of 2020, a listing for the title has been seen again thanks to GRAC, the South Korean equivalent of the ESRB. The GRAC, or Game Rating and Administrating Committee, website was spotted to have listed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered by Twitter user @Nibellion. The game was classified in February but flew under the radar until it had been spotted. So, it looks like Modern Warfare 2 is finally getting a remaster right? Well, maybe.

You see, this is really not an uncommon thing. Over the years games, often sequels that never come, end up surfacing in one way or another. Sometimes it’s listings on retail sites that end up being a bust, other times it’s misinformation to a ratings board. Without knowing the specifics of the ins and outs of South Korea’s rating system, I have to look to the past occurrence that has already happened for the supposed remaster. 

It first appeared in 2018, then dropped off the face of the earth. Last year, the furthest it had made it, it was referenced by PEGI only to again fall off the face of the earth. Now, that’s not to say that there’s not a possibility of it happening at all, but it’s one of those things where it’s probably just best to wait until it’s officially revealed than chasing a dream every time it shows up.