Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is just around the corner, but the leaks from the game are not stopping. Reliable leaker and insider @TheGhostOfHope has shared a list of ‘new operators’ joining the Warfare.
Interestingly the shared list of operators are the names of football superstars; Lionel Messi, Neymar, Pogba, and the list goes on.
Some upcoming unreleased Operators for #ModernWarfareII
— Hope (@TheGhostOfHope) October 9, 2022
Yes, you read it right; according to the above tweet, Activision is planning for a Football crossover. As crazy and unbelievable as it sounds, it might be true; a reputable industry insider @TomHenderson has corroborated the claims and confirmed that his sources have looked into the game files of Modern Warfare 2 and found the names of the football stars.
Additionally, @TheGhostOfHope has been actively sharing leaks about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 post-launch updates. If this leak about Call of Duty crossover with Football is true, this is a step in a new direction by the studio.
Activision has also claimed recently that their studios are working on some ‘Premium Call of Duty Content’ for 2023 and beyond:
The fourth quarter [of 2022] will usher in a new era for the Call of Duty franchise. Anticipation is high for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, planned for release on console and PC. The sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare, the most successful Call of Duty title to date, will lead the most ambitious rollout yet across the franchise. An all-new Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 experience, tightly integrated with the premium game, will launch as an extension of the Modern Warfare universe later this year. Activision’s expanded studios also continue to make strong progress on an innovative mobile experience that will extend Warzone to the largest and fastest-growing platform. Across the Call of Duty ecosystem, the teams are well positioned to support these launches with substantial live operations, while also continuing development of new premium content planned for 2023 and beyond.
This statement hints at many new possibilities, and exclusive collaborations with already established entertainment departments could be one of them. I think Activision is taking a Fortnite approach here; Fortnite is famous for its collaborations with trending themes and pop culture icons.
These collaborations help them stay relevant and also bring new customizations for the players. However, this concept in the Call of Duty franchise is not entirely new. Activision has already experimented with the model with the Call of Duty: Warzone × Godzilla and King Kong campaigns.
Similar collaborations could also be coming on a large scale in future Call of Duty games. And this Football crossover could be the first one on the list. The leak is really exciting; football superstars joining an FPS? (it already sounds cool to me).
It will be interesting to see how Activision will pull this off and how it will add to the gamer’s experience. I’m sure this news is pretty exciting for a football and COD fan. Let us know your thoughts about this in the comment section below.