Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 2 begins on Tuesday, February 11, with an update 1.14 which is said to introduce some massive changes to the widely-popular First-Person-Shooter, including some exciting content. While there were no official announcements what we can expect with the arrival of the new season, there were already some leaks, suggesting we could see a couple of new weapons, new operators and the return of the iconic CoD map among other things.
Ever since Modern Warfare Season 2 was announced, there has been a lot of hype surrounding its release, as it's said to bring with it the biggest and best update for the franchise. What exactly will Season 2 introduce to the Call of Duty franchise remained hidden until earlier this Friday, when major new details about the upcoming Modern Warfare Season 2 were leaked on the official Call of Duty website, which appeared to post the information about the new content a few days too early.
The leak contained some never-before-seen information including pictures which offered a glimpse of an iconic operator Ghost as well as two new guns, new Operator skins, new weapon blueprints, new map, and much more.
With the leak, a slew of new information about the Battle Pass have surfaced, unveiling the structure of the Pass will remain mostly the same as it was in Season 1, meaning there will be 100 Tiers of content, some of which will remain free, while the majority of the tiers will require CoD players to splash out 1,000 CoD Points in order to access it.
The new Battle Pass will also have an option for players to purchase 20 Tier skips for 2,400 CoD points. Players who will get through all 100 Thiers, however, will earn back 1,300 CoD points, meaning purchasing the Battle Pass and playing the game will, in theory, earn you 300 CoD points.
New Weapons: Striker 45 and GRAU 5.56
With the release of Season 1, CoD players got introduced to Holger-26 and RAM-7 and Season 2 will continue the trend of adding two new weapons, this time an assault rifle GRAU 5.56 and an SMG Striker 45.
Alongside the leaked images, the post also provided a short description of the weapons, describing GRAU 5.56 as a "lightweight manoeuvrable and full of potential", while the Striker 45 is said to be a "hard-hitting and long-range SMG".
Veteran Call of Duty players will be quick to spot the similarities between the newly announced Striker 45 and the iconic UMP45 from Modern Warfare 2. UMP45 was and still is regarded as one of the best weapons ever introduced to the Call of Duty franchise and while there are no guarantees Striker 45 is, in fact, the same weapon, the almost-identical look of the two weapons does suggest we just might see the return to the crowd-favourite weapon. GRAU 5.56 on the other side holds a resemblance to G36C or ACR, the latter of which was a very popular AR in Modern Warfare 2 due to its low recoil and fast fire rate.
At this point it's unclear how the players will be able to unlock the new weapons, however, it's safe to assume both will be free and unlockable by reaching a specific level of the Battle Pass like it was the case with Holger-26 and RAM-7.
New Map: Rust
Rust falls into the cathegory of one of the most iconic maps in the Call of Duty franchise, alongside other maps such as Nuketown (Black Ops), Castle (World at War), Crash (Modern Warfare), Terminal (MW2) and Toujane (CoD 2). Rust was already teased in the official teaser for Modern Warfare Season 2, so there was a high possibility the famous map will find its way into Modern Warfare in Season 2.
Unlike all the information to now, Rush was not leaked by the official CoD website, but rather by charlieINTEL, which is a famous website known for releasing CoD-related leaks and news. The website revealed the AR Card which was sent to charlieINTEL back in July which showed a picture of Rust as the new map coming to the Modern Warfare.
That said it's still unclear whether Rust will come to Modern Warfare immediately after Season 2 starts or will it appear in the game in a few weeks' time.
New Operator - Ghost
An iconic and intimidating Special Forces Operator Ghost was leaked as one of the rewards players will be able to unlock by progressing through Season 2 Battle Bass. The return of the iconic Modern Warfare 2 Operator was already confirmed in the first Season 2 teaser, so this leak should not come off as a shock to anyone.
In accidental leak on CoD's official website, it was revealed that Ghost be available for all players instantly after they purchase the Battle Pass, meaning the players won't have to go through the trouble of levelling up through the tiers before jumping into the battlefield as the well-known Operator. It is, however, uncertain whether there will be a way of unlocking him for free.
New Weapon Blueprints and Operator Skins
Battle Pass will also feature new weapon blueprints. The pictures posted on the website confirmed there will be Legendary, Epic and Rare Blueprints available for the players to expand their arsenal.
Adding to the new blueprints, Season 2 will also introduce new ways for players to customize their characters with Legendary and Epic Gear.
Despite all the leaks, which unveiled what is coming to Modern Warfare in Season 2, it's still unclear when exactly the new features will be introduced to the game, however, it's safe to assume a large chunk of it will debut alongside the 1.14 update on Tuesday, February 11.
Although we have no official dates as of when each individual part will be released, we can rest assured everything listed here will find its way into the game at one point or another, given that all leaks were found on CoD official website, so there's little reason to doubt their accuracy.
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