Modern Warfare 2 will only require a phone number on PC

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Activision Blizzard recently revealed its controversial plans to force players to link their phone number. To access Modern Warfare 2 players will have to register a phone number on their account. However, it turns out this isn’t quite as restrictive as we first thought.

A follow up developer blog was recently posted explaining the specifics of how SMS verification will work. In this post Activision explains that SMS verification will not be required for everyone. Depending on the platform you play on you might not need a phone number at all.

For one, anyone playing Modern Warfare 2 on console will not require a phone number. This restriction is being put into place exclusively for PC players likely as a deterrent for cheating. It’s no secret that cheating is often more accessible on PC than it is on console so this makes sense.

But even if you play on PC this restriction may still not affect you. Anyone who is playing Modern Warfare 2 or Warzone 2 through Battle.net is unlikely to need to change anything. On Blizzard’s very own distribution platform the requirements are unchanged from what they were for the original Warzone. If you’ve played Warzone since May 2020 on Battle.net you’re good to go.

However, if you intend to play Modern Warfare 2 through Steam, you will need a phone number. Your phone number will need to be linked to your Steam account or the upcoming Call of Duty game won’t be playable.

Why SMS verification?

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Although it isn’t popular there are some good reasons to implement SMS verification. The most obvious benefit is that it forces banned cheaters to purchase a new phone number every time they make an account. Furthermore, if the rumors of a competitive mode are to be believed SMS verification can prevent players from smurfing as easily.

Crash Bandicoot 4 is coming to Steam later this month

Over the last year or so Activision has become increasingly interested in moving its games to Steam. New Activision games like Modern Warfare 2 are not being released as Battle.net exclusives. The exceptions to this rule are few and far between. Now joining the growing list of Battle.net exclusives to move to Steam is Crash Bandicoot 4.

The newest Crash game was released on the Epic Games launcher last year but a Steam release was nowhere to be seen. However, that is changing as Activision has confirmed that a Steam release is around the corner.

According to the leak posted by Twitter user Nibellion, Crash Bandicoot 4 will arrive on Steam on October 18. This was revealed alongside more information suggesting that a new Crash Bandicoot will be revealed at this year’s The Game Awards.

The Game Awards are an annual award show where developers and community members are rewarded for their work. It’s also used as an opportunity for publishers to show off new gameplay and occasionally new games altogether. That seems to be the case here with Activision supposedly set to show off a new Crash Bandicoot game.

The return of Crash

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Crash Bandicoot 4 coming to Steam is great for multiple reasons. For one, it means that PC players now have more choice to pick the platform they want to play on. However, the most exciting part of all this is that it shows that Crash is truly back.

It’s easy to forget now but at one point it looked as though Crash Bandicoot was over. The popular platformer went a staggering nine years without a single mainline entry. Even then it was the remastered collection with a true sequel not releasing until a further three years later. Those dark days are behind us now and we can once again look forward to what Crash has to offer.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered trailer leaked

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Before Modern Warfare 2019 dropped many Call of Duty fans were hoping for a Modern Warfare 2 remaster. Unfortunately, neither Infinity Ward nor Activison Blizzard seemed overly interested at the time. However, that looks to be changing very soon if the recently leaked trailer is anything to go by.

Originally sourced from an early German PlayStation Store listing, the leaked trailer confirms the existence of an MW2 remaster. In the trailer we see many iconic moments from Modern Warfare 2’s campaign. This includes the Gulag escape, snowmobile chase, and the ever iconic No Russian mission.

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Modern Warfare 2 RemasteredExisting owners of Modern Warfare 2019 and Call of Duty Warzone will benefit from a new content drop too. The upcoming Classic Ghost Bundle will add Modern Warfare 2’s Ghost as an operator, as well as an M4A1 Task Force blueprint. As it features a unique finishing move, player card and plenty more, you can expect it to be on the pricier side.

Speaking of price, the listing itself had Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered available for $29.99. For that, you will get access to a graphically enhanced version of MW2’s seven-hour campaign. The trailer doesn’t provide any details of a potential Spec Ops game mode, meaning it probably won’t feature.

Modern Warfare 2 Campaign RemasteredAs for when you can expect to play this, the trailer says, “Available now,” rather than stating a release date. Given this and the suggested release date in the leak, a launch as early as March 31 is a real possibility.

We have zero information regarding the multiplayer or if it will come in the future. With Modern Warfare 2019 being so successful, it seems unlikely Infinity Ward would launch another title to take away from it. If Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer did get remastered, it would split the player base. Instead, Call of Duty fans will probably have to wait until Treyarch’s 2020 title for something fresh.