The no-longer-annual franchise makes a return to Steam after several years of absence.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will officially launch on October 28, 2022. This follow-up to the 2019 Modern Warfare reboot will be released for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Those of you playing on PC now have a choice between buying the game through or Steam.

This is some rather big news for Steam fans today because the Call of Duty franchise has been absent from the service starting back with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in 2018. From 2018 onwards, all of the Call of Duty titles were limited to being available only through the client, meaning Steam users missed out on Black Ops 4, Modern Warfare, Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Vanguard.

The return to Steam is not without some caveats though.

Activision is pricing all versions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 starting at $69.99 (USD). This is the base price for the game no matter which platform you purchase it on, including on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as those are "Cross-Gen Bundle" editions that also grant players access to the next-gen release should they ever make the leap to new hardware.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Naturally, there is also a more expensive "Vault Edition" of the game which is priced at $99.99. This edition includes the "Red Team 141 Operator Pack" that includes: Ghost, Soap, Farah, and Price. It also includes FJX Cinder which is the "first-ever Weapon Vault" whatever that means, plus access to the first season's Battle Pass along with 50 tier skips.

Pre-orders for both editions include early access to an upcoming open beta for Modern Warfare 2. You can see what each version of the game offers to those thinking of purchasing Modern Warfare 2.

Modern Warfare 2 editions

The gameplay reveal for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 also dropped earlier today alongside the release date announcement. You can check that out below (if the YouTube gods allow it to be seen) and then read up on the story and other information for the game below.

Welcome to the new era of Call of Duty®.

Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II drops players into an unprecedented global conflict that features the return of the iconic Operators of Task Force 141. From small-scale, high-stakes infiltration tactical ops to highly classified missions, players will deploy alongside friends in a truly immersive experience.

Infinity Ward brings fans state-of-the-art gameplay, with all-new gun handling, advanced AI system, a new Gunsmith and a suite of other gameplay and graphical innovations that elevate the franchise to new heights.

Modern Warfare®: II will launch with a globe-trotting single-player campaign, immersive Multiplayer combat and a narrative-driven, co-op Special Ops experience.