Looks like a big Modern Warfare 2 expansion will be the next Call of Duty installment

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) screenshot
(Image credit: Activision)

Activision Blizzard will release a Modern Warfare 2 expansion in 2023 rather than a new Call of Duty game. Rumors that Call of Duty would skip its annual entry were swirling as early as February of this year, with Bloomberg's Jason Schreier initially reporting on it.

Now, it appears that there will be a sizable expansion for the soon-to-be-released Modern Warfare 2 in 2023. Call of Duty leaker TheGhostofHope tweeted about the alleged expansion, with Schreier jumping into the comments to corroborate the rumor, writing "Next year they'll be selling new stuff for MW2, an expansion or something like that (not sure exactly what it'll look like but it'll have campaign stuff too). No actual new COD until 2024 as I reported earlier this year." The expansion could very well be the rumored "greatest hits" map pack released as paid DLC, but there's no saying for sure just yet.

That new Call of Duty 2024 title Schreier mentions will likely be Black Ops 5, according to a Warzone Mobile leak over the summer, and another tweet from TheGhostofHope alleging that Treyarch is attached to the 2024 installment. Treyarch is the studio that started the Call of Duty: Black Ops series, with its latest installment being Black Ops Cold War. The studio also worked on the zombie mode for Sledgehammer Games' Call of Duty: Vanguard. 

Find out where the original Modern Warfare 2 ranks on our list of the best Call of Duty games.

Alyssa Mercante

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.