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COD: MW 2 Steam to not require Battle.net

Following the announcement of its launch on Steam, it was reported that Infinity Ward would not require players to go through Battle.net to play Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Instead, players are required to have an Activision ID by registering via Activision’s official website.

A game that requires Battle.net to launch would usually irritate players as the game must be run through a launcher. Activision Blizzard’s easy login feature will possibly also be implemented across its other titles.

Details of no Battle.net login in COD: MW 2 on Steam

Developed by then-Blizzard Entertainment, Battle.net monitors authorized third-party software and potential cheats and hacks via its Warden system.

Battle.net is among the oldest online services used in the industry. It serves titles such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and modern games like Overwatch, Destiny 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Activision Blizzard’s 2022 upcoming FPS title, COD: MW 2, among others.

Fans will no longer need to worry about launching Battle.net, as the launcher will not be running alongside Steam. COD: MW 2 will instead use Activision IDs to combat cheaters and hackers. Players might want to link their Steam account with their Activision ID.

Aside from this, the game’s Steam version will also ask for the mobile phone number associated with the Steam account. While there have been privacy concerns over providing phone numbers, this helps limit fake in-game accounts.

According to CharlieIntel, there will be pre-order bonuses claimable in COD: Warzone and Vanguard by linking Steam and Activision ID. COD: MW 2 will be released in late October.

In 2020, there was a massive data breach in miHoYo’s action RPG game, Genshin Impact, where a glitch revealed players’ phone numbers. The glitch affected players randomly.

More about COD: MW series

Developed by Infinity Ward and Published by Activision Blizzard, COD: MW 2 is an upcoming title in the COD franchise. It is a direct sequel to the 2019 COD: MW, which was a fresh reboot of the Modern Warfare series—one of, if not the most, beloved series in COD.

The original MW series spans three titles, with the first being released in 2007. The series has won multiple awards. Its 2019 reboot also received positive reviews, rated 8/10 by IGN, 80 by Metacritic, and 4/5 by Common Sense Media.

COD: MW 2 revealed its gameplay two months ago. One of its in-game missions, Dark Water, received positive responses from players.

Infinity Ward lead-level designer Rich Farrelly dubbed the Dark Water mission “completely realistic while being completely ludicrous,” adding it was at a similar level as COD: MW’s Clean House.

“You approach the [oil] rig, get up there, ascend, and that feels like Clean House in the last game [Modern Warfare® (2019)]: military guys doing military stuff. And then the second half of the level, you’re doing a ramp jump into the back of a moving ship – somehow we made it work together to make it pretty badass,” he said.

COD: MW 2 will be released on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows on October 28.