How to fix the Modern Warfare 2 locked game bug

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Modern Warfare 2 players taking cover
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The Modern Warfare 2 locked game bug is causing players plenty of problems as they attempt to access Infinity Ward's latest release. Those who pre-ordered the game are already working through the single-player campaign but following a recent update, some are unable to access the game.

The issue first appeared on October 25 after players installed the huge pre-release update ahead of the game's full release. Instead of fixing any outstanding issues, the update is causing them.


Before we take a closer look at how to fix the Modern Warfare 2 locked game bug, check out our guides showcasing the best Modern Warfare 2 guns and information on upcoming Modern Warfare 2 double XP events.

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How to fix Modern Warfare 2 locked game bug

Thankfully, the fix for this particular bug is incredibly straightforward. Here's what you need to do to unlock Modern Warfare 2:

  • Load Modern Warfare 2 and open the "Quick Settings" tab by pressing the Options button on the controller. This triggers a game reset.
  • By resetting the game, the correct menu appears, allowing you to access the campaign.

It's worth mentioning that this fix is a temporary workaround and is the best way to address the problem until Infinity Ward applies a fix. It appears the developer is already aware of the issue, stating that it "will be addressed in an upcoming update."

Modern Warfare 2 pre-release update

The pre-release update made its way to PC and consoles a few days prior to the Modern Warfare 2 release date. Information on what the update contains is currently unknown but we expect it to contain a wealth of bug fixes in addition to changes made in the time between the launch and the beta that came to an end in September.


There's always a chance of the first dose of weapon balancing making its way to multiplayer. Certain guns dominated the beta weekends so a few nerfs can shake up the early meta.

Is the Modern Warfare 2 campaign good?

Having played through the single-player a few times, the Modern Warfare 2 campaign is up there as one of the very best Call of Duty stories ever made. The sequel to 2019's Modern Warfare continues the story of Task Force 141 and opens the door for a third instalment for Infinity Ward to create.

Once you've fixed the locked game bug, you can continue working through the missions and experience all the twists and turns it has to offer.


That's how to fix the Modern Warfare 2 locked game bug. Before returning to the action, check out our guides showcasing the best Modern Warfare 2 sniper rifle and all the Modern Warfare 2 maps making their way to multiplayer when the servers switch on.