'sigh' You know, this is just way too much drama for a freakin' video game title. But at least the entire issue should be laid to rest, as Activision has finally clarified…
At first, we all figured that Infinity Ward's next title, which was indeed a direct sequel to 2007's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare , would be officially called, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2." However, when the first trailers and media arrived for the game, the "Call of Duty" part was curiously missing from the title, and Activision appeared to confirm the title's separation from the long-running series by saying "it has taken on such a life of its own." It also could be cumbersome to say, "Call of Duty 6: Modern Warfare 2." And so, ever since, everyone has been referring to it as simply, "Modern Warfare 2." Well, the box art has revealed something quite obvious, and Activision's response is clear as day (again, finally):
"Infinity Ward, the original creators of the Call of Duty franchise, has said from the beginning Modern Warfare 2 resides in the Call of Duty universe. This is reflected in the title's package. Modern Warfare 2 is the direct sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. We have focused our attention on Modern Warfare in order to most effectively communicate the fact that this is the first true sequel in the Call of Duty series."
Okay, so now everyone outside the hardcore gaming community knows: Modern Warfare 2 is definitely a part of the CoD world, and that's that. Of course, avid gamers already knew that, but the power of name recognition in this industry shouldn't be ignored.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2