Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Will Get Its Hardcore Mode, Now Called Tier 1, in November

By | October 30, 2022

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2‘s hardcore playlist, which is now called Tier 1, will not arrive until the start of the game’s first season on November 16, 2022.

As detailed on an official Call of Duty blogpost, the Tier 1 playlists offer a “more challenging experience compared to traditional Multiplayer. Operators have less health and limited HUD elements, and friendly fire is on. These elements are consistent in all game modes that support the Tier 1 variant.”

The Tier 1 playlist isn’t the only thing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 owners will have to wait for, as the game’s Battle Pass will also go live on the first day of Season 01 alongside the long-awaited arrival of Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0.

Speaking of Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0, which will be free-to-play and will include the traditional battle royale gameplay with a new twist, the game will also include a new “extraction mode” called DMZ that appears to be similar to titles like Escape from Tarkov.

Warzone 2.0 is a “fully revamped experience” and will take place in the desert of Al Mazrah, a fictional region of Western Asia. Players will contend with A.I. as well as real players if they want to be the last ones standing. There will also be a new “Multi-Circle closure,” water combat, a new gulag, and more.

While you wait for the Tier 1 Playlist and Warzone 2.0, be sure to check out our review of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s campaign to see if it’s worth your time.

You can also jump into all the other multiplayer offerings, and our wiki guides will help you become the best of the best. Some highlights include our best tips for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer, how progression works, and what the best settings are to choose.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.