When does Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 take place?
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a direct sequel to its predecessor, Modern Warfare 2019. What many consider to be the start of a new era for COD, MW 2019 was a huge hit with the fan base in terms of overall sales and player retention.

While the multiplayer was somewhat controversial, the campaign was another Infinity Ward masterpiece. Since it was so popular, the developers at Infinity Ward decided to build on what they had with MW2. This included continuing the story from MW 2019 and bringing  back returning characters such as Captain Price, Ghost, Soap, and Gaz.

If players have taken part in the early access period for the MW2 campaign, then they’ll have experienced all of the different locations that the story mode has to offer. However, there are few indications as to what time period players are in during the campaign. While it’s clear that not much time has passed since MW2019, given that the characters all look the same, players still might be wondering exactly what year the campaign is set in.

The year Modern Warfare 2 takes place

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Modern Warfare 2019 took place in, you guessed it, 2019. Of course, there’s little real-world application in Call of Duty, so while the year was the same as when the game came out, the circumstances in the campaign don’t mirror our reality. The same can be said for Modern Warfare 2.

Like its predecessor, Modern Warfare 2 takes place the same year it releases, 2022. Three years have passed since the events of MW 2019, but our characters haven’t changed much. In 2022, players are thrust into a story with terrorism at the center, as is often the case with the Modern Warfare games.

During the campaign and with the multiplayer, players have access to modern weaponry and technology, giving them an idea of what real soldiers use in their everyday lives. If you want some help for your campaign playthrough, you can read some of our guides on the mode, including all of the El Sin Nombre answers and every safe combination and location.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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