Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will have a free-to-play mode similar to Escape From Tarkov. The mode is set to release sometime in 2023, according to rumours.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is rumoured to have a big game mode that will be completely free-to-play. This rumour, which surfaced a while ago, comes from the reliable insider Ralph, who previously revealed info such as the reveal date for the game, and other in-game modes and features, before Activision and Infinity Ward talked about it.
The free-to-play mode is reportedly inspired by Escape From Tarkov, which is a battle-royale hybrid game, where players spawn onto the map with other players but also hostile NPCs. The goal is to kill other players and NPCs, get valuable loot and successfully extract without dying.
Death means you lose all your equipped gear and loot. It's a high-risk high-reward game and given its popularity over the recent years, it's not a surprise that Call of Duty devs are trying to make their own version of this title.
The insider Ralph claims that the Tarkov-like mode could launch sometime in 2023, which means it won't be ready to release with Modern Warfare 2 later this year. This comes as a disappointment but polish and optimisation is always more important so hopefully, Infinity Ward and other Call of Duty dev teams take all the time they need to make something special with DMZ, which is the rumoured name of the mode.
All in all, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is shaping up to be the best Call of Duty since its predecessor Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in 2019. Unlike Vanguard and Black Ops Cold War, it does look like Modern Warfare 2 was longer in development and will have more content on launch and beyond.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is launching on October 28, 2022, for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.