A Non-Activision Studio Has Contributed to the Remastered 2009 MW2 Maps in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, It’s Claimed

Published 09/14/2023, 9:29 AM EDT

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Activision is leaving no stone unturned in building an unprecedented hype for this year’s new Call of Duty. Thanks to its extensive marketing tactics, the game has already attracted players’ attention ahead of its launch. And a large part of the excitement surrounding the upcoming MWIII launch has to do with its maps. And while it is known that Sledgehammer has worked on the maps, turns out, there’s involvement from a studio outside of Activision as well. But in what capacity?

While there’s still time for Modern Warfare III’s debut, developers are ensuring the fans know what they are about to witness. Especially, the nostalgia lovers who always seek throwback elements that can send them back to the golden days of Call of Duty. Well, MWIII will do exactly that, with a unique set of remastered maps from an iconic 2009 installment. However, there’s a mysterious twist to this news, according to a leaked intel.

Sledgehammer isn’t the only Activision studio working on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III remastered maps


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Since the last few years, the usual format has seen numerous devs, from different studios under Activision, working together on one major COD project. This is quite normal, given the massive scale of games that demand a larger workforce in various departments. However, it seems like an anonymous studio has been involved with the making of the publisher’s upcoming premium in 2023.


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An insider known as CoD_Persues on X (formerly Twitter) recently shared a post. To everyone’s surprise, it claimed that there’s a non-Activision studio that has reportedly worked on some of the remastered maps in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III.

This unexpected piece of information may have ignited the curiosity of the fans. Furthermore, it will be interesting to see a response from Activision on this matter going forward. If the aforementioned leak is correct, we may see the reveal of this mysterious developing studio sooner than later.

MWIII has a few more studios working on it apart from the lead developer Sledgehammer. High Moon Studios has also contributed to the title, especially on the storyline.


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Which remastered maps are coming to Modern Warfare III from 2009?

Fans who still adore the original Modern Warfare 2 from Infinity Ward, will be able to enjoy many of them once again in MWIII. To be precise, a total of 16 maps are coming back. Below is the list of all of the remastered Multiplayer maps:

  • Afghan
  • Derail
  • Estate
  • Favela
  • Highrise
  • Invasion
  • Karachi
  • Quarry
  • Rundown
  • Rust
  • Scrapyard
  • Skidrow
  • Sub Base
  • Terminal
  • Underpass
  • Wasteland.


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Modern Warfare III will launch on November 10, 2023. Considering the amount of content that’s been revealed so far for this game, it looks like players are in for a massive treat.

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Mintu Tomar


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