Modern Warfare 2 campaign 2022: Setting, rewards, more

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November 4, 2022: Modern Warfare 2 is out now. Scroll down for all the intel on the Modern Warfare 2 campaign.
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The Call of Duty franchise is known for its epic single-player campaigns ranging from the near-futuristic settings of the Black Ops series to more up-to-date locations within the Modern Warfare universe.

Modern Warfare 2 is out right now and our campaign review puts Infinity Ward's latest story towards the top of the list thanks to its incredible detail and almost flawless gunplay.

But before we take a look at the Modern Warfare 2 campaign, be sure to check out all there is to know about whether Modern Warfare 2 will be an Xbox exclusive and the latest intel on the DMZ mode.

Does Modern Warfare 2 have a campaign?

Yes! Modern Warfare 2 will feature a single-player campaign alongside multiplayer and DMZ, a new extraction-type mode bearing similarities to Escape from Tarkov.

Modern Warfare 2 campaign rewards

Ahead of the campaign early access period, Activision has unveiled a wealth of rewards players can earn for completing the single-player story. Here's a full list of rewards you can earn:

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  • Calling Card: “Soap’s Determination”
  • Emblem: “What’s Done Is Done”
  • 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • Calling Card: “Chainlinked”
  • Base Operator: Chuy
  • 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • Calling Card: “Gaz”
  • Base Operator: Nova
  • 1 Hour Double XP Token
  • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token
  • Calling Card: “Shadow Company Ops”
  • Base Operator: Reyes
  • 1 Hour Double XP Token
  • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token
  • Base Operator: Hutch

Alongside the huge list of rewards, completing the campaign unlocks the Union Guard weapon blueprint. Billed as Captain Price's "signature weapon," the assault rifle comes with four attachments making it an incredibly versatile part of a loadout.

Modern Warfare 2 campaign setting

According to Activision and Infinity Ward, the Modern Warfare 2 campaign will see players visiting a range of locations across the world. Ranging from Mexico to the Middle East, Task Force 141 attempts to take down a drug cartel known as Las Almas.

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It wouldn't be the first time the Modern Warfare series has appeared on the continent. 2009's Modern Warfare 2 famously features the 141 chasing down a high-value target through the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

Modern Warfare 2 campaign characters

So far, we know that several members of Task Force 141 are returning in 2022's Modern Warfare 2. Here's a complete list of characters appearing in the Modern Warfare 2 campaign:

  • Captain Price
  • Ghost
  • Soap
  • Farah
  • Vargas
  • Shepherd
  • Nikolai
  • Graves
  • Kate Laswell
  • Valeria
  • Diego

Alongside the familiar faces of the 141, there are plenty of new faces that appear over the course of the campaign.

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As you work through the missions, you soon realise which characters are on your side.

Modern Warfare 2 campaign missions

With players already managing to complete the Modern Warfare 2 campaign, here's the full list of missions available:

  • Strike
  • Kill or Capture
  • Wet Work
  • Tradecraft
  • Borderline
  • Cartel Protection
  • Close Air
  • Hardpoint
  • Recon By Fire
  • Violence and Timing
  • El Sin Nombre
  • Dark Water
  • Alone
  • Prison Break
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  • Hindsight
  • Ghost Team
  • Countdown

Media that attended a Modern Warfare 2 preview in Los Angeles saw four campaign missions in action. Here's a full breakdown of what was shown. In addition, Summer Games Fest shared the first look at Operation Dark Water. Check out the video below.

Operation Dark Water

Wet Work

Those familiar with the Modern Warfare series will recognise the Wet Work name but in Modern Warfare 2, this particular mission demonstrates new swimming and water mechanics.

Set in the darkness of Amsterdam, players take control of Gaz who, alongside Price, attempts to determine who is behind the smuggling of goods to Al Qatala.

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The mission showcases a range of different features including underwater shooting and a ledge hang suggesting there are many ways to eliminate the opposition.

Image showing the Wet Work Mission from Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Credit: Activision

Nightwar

This mission takes place under the cover of darkness following the crash of a helicopter nearby. Players use night vision to take down any nearby targets before securing the wreckage.

Soon after, a large group of hostiles surrounds the wreckage. The mission ends with a rocket hitting the downed chopper.

Vehicle Mission

Vehicle missions are nothing new in a Call of Duty campaign. In Modern Warfare 2, the unnamed mission includes brand-new vehicle mechanics that allow players to shoot out of windows and climb on the roof.

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Tower

Tower takes place within a major city and begins with players rappelling down the side of a building. You can choose whether to scale the building head-first or feet-first.

According to CharlieINTEL, the mission "allows players to tackle it in their own way," suggesting players can utilise a variety of techniques to complete the objective.

Image showing Modern Warfare 2 soldier carrying gun and using night vision goggles
Credit: Activision

Stealth Mission

In addition, Infinity Ward says the campaign will contain a mission similar to All Ghillied Up from Call of Duty 4. The developer says players will use a ghillie suit alongside Price and pick off opponents with a sniper. Like All Ghillied Up, the weather will influence bullet trajectory.

Backstabbed

Another mission involves Vargas and Ghost attempting to breach some kind of facility. At the end of the teaser trailer, Vargas jumps off a cliff into the unknown.

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That's all we know about the Modern Warfare 2 campaign so far. In the meantime, check out our Modern Warfare 2 page for all the latest news and leaks!