Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 continues the franchise's expansion and development in interesting ways. It includes a solid campaign, a stellar campaign, Battle Royale in Warzone 2, an expansion mode in DMZ, and now raids.
Raid is just a classic map created in Black Ops II. Now, raids in the gameplay sense are coming to the franchise for the first time, borrowing a kind of mission from massive multiplayer games like World of Warcraft.
A small number of people on a team gather to defeat difficult opponents, complete specific objectives, or one very powerful boss fight in raids. It's not exactly something that directly translates to CoD, so community speculation about the new mode is high.
Here's how to get the most out of the new mode in CoD.
What are the definitions of raids in MW2?
Atomgrad is the first raid in MW2, and it was first revealed during The Game Awards on December 8, 2022.
The gameplay was brief until players got into the game and played it for themselves, and that's by design. Raids are intended to be a pleasant experience on a first-time playthrough. There are tough enemies, challenging situations, and puzzles.
Players who have fought AI opponents in Special Ops, Warzone 2, and DMZ will have an idea of what to anticipate when it comes to enemy encounters in raids. There are juggernauts, riot shield foes, and everything in between. The reward is severe.
Players need a raid key to access raids, according to Activision. These are acquired in one of two ways:
- Complete a specific daily challenge either in multiplayer or Special Ops.
- Place within the top 20 in any Warzone 2 battle royale Playlist.
- In DMZ, use the final extract helicopter with at least $30,000 in cash.
Activision suggests that players prepare for the raid by playing Special Ops missions, including how enemies fight, how kits work, and general strategies for the completion of those missions. Raids use the kits leveled up inside of Special Ops, so that's important to be familiar with.
What is the date of the next raid in MW2?
Atomgrad was just the beginning, with a number of "new raid episodes on the way" in the coming months. This likely means there will be additional raids or some sort of expansion of the original raid.
On February 8, Infinity Ward revealed that Raid Episode 02 will be available in season two.
"Atomgrad was just the beginning," Infinity Ward said. "Price, Farah, and Gaz will return later in Season 02 with Episode 2 of the Raid, a continuation of the Modern Warfare 2 campaign. Prepare to stand up for whatever obstacle lies ahead, even if it means finding unlikely partners to assist with ties."
This means that the second episode of MW2 Raid will likely be released in the midseason update, currently scheduled to launch sometime in March, likely on March 15 or 22 unless there is a delay.