Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is hitting shelves this October 28, 2022, and fans are excited. Season 1 for Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer will start on November 16, 2022, and it’s going to be jam-packed with content. Speaking of multiplayer, there seems to be no sign of Modern Warfare 2’s Grand Prix Map anywhere on the internet. It appears Activision and Infinity Ward have removed all traces of the upcoming map so what’s going on?
No Sign of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2’s Grand Pix Map
Call of Duty fans all across the internet are worried that Infinity Ward might have cut out the newest map of Modern Warfare 2, Grand Prix out of the game altogether. Fans have been outraged as Infinity Ward removed all traces of the Grand Prix map from social media.
The Grand Prix Map was set out to be a 6v6 map designed for core multiplayer battles. The map was expected to be featured in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 upon launch on October 28, 2022. The map featured the Marina Bay Grand Prix where firefights and combat would occur within the main infield of a Formula 1 Race Circuit. The map featured F1 vehicles that would zip past and potentially kill the player. In addition, the map featured tight indoor spaces designed for close-range gunfights and long-range open lanes for snipers.
Infinity Ward also issued a statement on the F1-inspired Grand Prix Map that has been removed ever since:
The Modern Warfare II Beta is set to feature a robust multiplayer experience going beyond the Core 6v6 experience with a variety of meticulously designed maps of various sizes, and an equally impressive set of Modes, Progression experiences, and other aspects that will be more thoroughly revealed at Call of Duty: Next.
“In addition, we revealed a fly-through of Marina Bay Grand Prix, where combat occurs within the main infield of an urban race circuit, one of the 6v6 Multiplayer maps confirmed for the Beta. – Infinity Ward
It was prior to the launch of the currently ongoing closed beta that Infinity Ward stated that players would get to try out the upcoming Grand Prix map that was set to release for the game. For reasons unknown, that hasn’t been the case so far, as players have reported that the Grand Prix map is missing from the closed beta of the game and what’s all the more unusual is that Infinity Ward is making no comments on where the map is.
So what’s going to be the fate of the announced map? CharlieIntel over at Twitter reported that Infinity Ward has scrubbed nearly all posts and mentions of the Grand Prix Map from all of its social media handles. The company went so far as to remove any Tweets mentioning it as well as the trailers that featured the highly anticipated map. The absence of the map combined with Infinity Ward removing all traces of it suggests that the map has been taken out of the game.
It’s not clear what’s happened, but Activision has deleted all mentions of the ‘Grand Prix’ map for #MWII. The overview video and more have been removed from all social media. The map was originally announced to be in the beta.
— CharlieIntel (@charlieINTEL) September 17, 2022
Fans have been speculating as to why the map was removed and it might possibly be due to copyright reasons. ResetEra user ASleepingMonkey stated that the map is a one-to-one recreation of an F1 race track found in Singapore. It might be possible that the owners of the racetrack and the association holding an upcoming race on the very same track don’t want Call of Duty players running up and down gunning for each other on a track made for racing.
So, what exactly happened to the Grand Prix Map? Players are speculating that this might be the work of Singapore GP and the FIA that oversees Formula 1 and automobile events.
Maybe the governing bodies did not like the likeness of the F1 Grand Prix to be brought into a game that condones violence as it might tarnish the name and sport along with it, or at least that’s what is speculated. This might have led to the body and Singapore GP contacting Activision Blizzard and signing off a confidentiality agreement along with the removal of the map from the title.
Either way, the Grand Prix map for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 was one of the most anticipated additions to the title and the unexpected removal of the map ahead of the game’s official release has disappointed Call of Duty fans all across the globe.
This is in addition to the many complaints issued by Modern Warfare 2 players that participated in the closed beta. Fans have reported latency issues, ping spikes, terrible movement mechanics and a gun unlocking system that is equivalent to a tedious and annoying puzzle.
As for other Call of Duty news, the series is currently in the middle of a controversial issue between Sony and Microsoft. Sony argues that the title shouldn’t be made exclusive to the Xbox platform despite the fact that Microsoft is in the midst of acquiring Activision Blizzard and the rights to its many IPs for nearly 70 billion dollars earlier this year.
This is on top of all the controversy that is surrounding the series and its publisher, Activision Blizzard, as the company has been involved in a lot of hot potato issues ever since July of last year when it was reported that the company had created an atmosphere and culture of workplace abuse.
So, what do you think of this whole fiasco? Do you think the map might show up sometime later with better additions or is it gone forever? Let us know in the comments below. We upload daily on Appuals, so stay tuned for more. Till then, see you later and goodbye.