Hardcore Mode Is Coming to Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 in Season 2

Infinity Ward has confirmed on Twitter that Hardcore Mode is headed to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. According to the tweet, it will be added to the game in the upcoming Season 2, and more details are expected to be revealed in this week’s blog post by the studio. 

Recently, it was also confirmed that Season 2 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0 will be released on February 15, 2023, instead of at the start of February. The official Call of Duty Twitter account stated:

Season 02 will be launching on February 15th. Our studio teams have been making several changes based on feedback from our player community. The new season includes all new content, including the return of Resurgence and a brand new small map for Warzone 2.0. 

Ranked play is also back and coming to MWII, along with new multiplayer maps, new modes, weapons, and more. Stay tuned for additional intel.”

Infinity Ward also teased what could be coming in Season 2.

We look forward to sharing more details on the updates coming to Season 02 in a deep-dive studio blog next week. This includes exciting changes to Warzone 2.0 including the gulag, looting and loadouts. More soon!”

As for the Hardcore mode being added to the game, it is a fan-favorite, and players would be excited to finally try it in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. 

For those who don’t know, Hardcore mode is an alternative to the normal playlists featured in all games since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. As the name suggests, the gameplay is much more unforgiving and realistic, making general gameplay more skill-based. The following are some of the implications of hardcore mode:

Significantly less health – Players can only withstand 30 damage before dying or going into Last Stand/Final Stand/Second Chance/Dead Man’s Hand mode. This practically makes every weapon kill in one or two hits unless losing damage due to bullet penetration. This means that players must be much more cautious and strategic in their approach, as one mistake can lead to death.

Limited HUD – The player’s HUD is limited to certain objective-related things, such as objective markers and whether the player has an enemy flag in Capture the Flag for example. Green names are seen above teammates, but the red text on enemies is absent. 

Normal HUD features such as the mini-map, ammo counter, and equipment slots are missing. This makes it more difficult for players to navigate and track their enemies, adding to the overall challenge of the mode.

Friendly Fire On – Teammates can be damaged and killed. Deliberate team-killers are punished. In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, a player is automatically killed and sat out for a period of time after 3 or more team-kills (in the latter, certain actions such as killing the team with a launcher in the start of a round can lead to much harsher penalties). 

Additionally, a player-controlled Killstreak ends prematurely if the penalty is given. This means that players must be much more careful about where they are shooting, as friendly fire can be as deadly as enemy fire.

Overall, hardcore mode is a much more challenging and immersive experience, with players being forced to adapt to a more realistic and unforgiving gameplay style. It requires a higher level of skill, caution, and strategy to be successful, making it a true test of a player’s abilities.

More information on the season and how the Hardcore Mode will look in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be revealed in a blog post this week. 

We will update you on that as well. Until then, let us know your thoughts about the Hardcore Mode being added to Modern Warfare 2.


Abdullah Amin

Abdullah is passionate about staying up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in the gaming industry. With a strong background in writing and research, he is able to provide in-depth analysis and informative articles for a wide range of gaming audiences.
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