Hardcore mode is popular with Call of Duty players because of its quick kill time, and it is expected to arrive very soon in Modern Warfare 2. Here's how Hardcore will be introduced to Modern Warfare 2, as well as the main differences from the Tier 1 mode.
Modern Warfare 2 may be just months into its lifecycle, but many of its players still want to rattle through all of them as fast as possible.
Thanks to its fast TTK, one of the easiest approaches to getting through the weapon grind is to play the Hardcore mode, which makes almost any weapon viable. Fortunately, it will make its return in Modern Warfare 2 Season 2.
In Modern Warfare 2, here's everything we know about the popular Hardcore mode.
- When does Hardcore mode arrive in Modern Warfare 2?
- Hardcore and Tier 1 differences in Modern Warfare 2
- How to play Hardcore mode in Modern Warfare 2
When does Modern Warfare 2's Hardcore mode arrive?
Modern Warfare 2 will include a Hardcore mode with the Season 2 update on February 15, 2023. Infinity Ward pushed the major update back by two weeks in order to focus on enhancements to the game, and a Hardcore playlist has been announced as one of the most significant changes.
Tier 1, a mode similar to Hardcore, was also introduced in Season 1, but the developers have decided to release the classic version after it failed to impress players.
Modern Warfare 2 has significant differences between Hardcore and Tier 1 combat.
Tier 1 decided to remove the HUD altogether to keep it more in line with the single-player campaign.
Key features like hitmarkers and the kill feed were also removed, leaving no hint to players that they've successfully landed their shots or eliminated an enemy that they didn't know.
Tier 1 appeared to start players with somewhat more health than traditional Hardcore, but made headshots a one-shot kill.
Modern Warfare 2 originally intended to be a replacement for Hardcore, but these subtle changes were certainly not as well-received as initially planned. Luckily, Hardcore is making a comeback in Season 2, which is expected to be familiar to long-time CoD players.
In Modern Warfare 2, Season 2, how do I play Hardcore mode?
In Season 2, you'll be able to select Hardcore mode under the 'Multiplayer' menus in Modern Warfare 2.
Infinity Ward has yet to announce which game modes will be included in the Hardcore playlist, but we expect the usual suspects like Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Search and Destroy to be there.
Check out our other articles on how to get the most points in Modern Warfare 2 and everything we know so far about Ranked Play.
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