Artwork for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 made a brief appearance on Steam, fueling speculation that Activision’s massive FPS series could return to Valve’s store on its next release.
The Modern Warfare 2 art was spotted by Reddit user u/Kalinine (opens in new tab) on a banner image promoting the Call of Duty franchise. It featured series regular Ghost and seemed to be the same image that Activision used (opens in new tab) to tease the release date of the upcoming shooter.
The banner has since been edited to remove the erroneous image, though not before you/Kalinine captured it and uploaded it to Reddit. Now if you go to a Steam page with the banner, such as the Black Ops 3 DLC page (opens in new tab)you will see an empty version at the bottom.
Its brief appearance has fueled speculation that Call of Duty is returning to Steam with the release of Modern Warfare 2. The series ceased to appear on the platform following the launch of 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII, with every title from Black Ops 4 onward. released. on Activision’s Battle.net PC client.
mwii_artwork_shows_up_on_steam from r/ModernWarfareII
The artwork has certainly raised a few eyebrows, but it by no means guarantees that Modern Warfare 2 will hit the storefront of Valve when it comes out later this year. While its appearance could be taken as an early sign that Activision is canceling Call of Duty’s Battle.net exclusivity, it’s just as likely that the image appeared in error. A graphic designer at Activision’s headquarters may have just plucked from the wrong asset pile.
Call of Duty’s return to Steam would be no small event. The franchise continues to draw huge numbers of players, with the latest installment, Call of Duty: Vanguard, ranking in the top ten most played games of this year. If the main series returns to Valve’s storefront, Battle Royale spin-off Warzone may also follow.
It won’t be long before we know for sure. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is expected to hit shelves on October 28. We’ve seen very little of the game so far other than a live-action reveal trailer (opens in new tab), the game’s logo, and the Ghost teaser image. In another tweet (opens in new tab)Developer Infinity Ward also revealed that Task Force 141 will star in the game, reintroducing us to the likes of John Price, Kyle “Gaz” Garrick, “Soap” MacTavish, and Colonel Alejandro Vargas.