Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 will include swimming

Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 will include swimming for the first time in franchise history. We were also told that cars can sink, so thank goodness.
Someone get poor Captain Price a towel! | © Activision

Alright, alright, I know some of you are going to be screaming at the screen right now, “we’ve already swum in Call of Duty!” but in previous games, swimming was limited to set pieces during the campaign. Who can forget the iconic mission in the original Modern Warfare 2, back in 2009. Taking that oil rig also gave us the first example of a slow breach and clear. But no, we are talking about a kind of swimming that any player can do at any time (provided they are in a body of water, of course). Yes, it seems that swimming is coming to Call of Duty, which is honestly a bit late considering Caldera is set on an island. But hey ho, let’s get into the details.

A swimming mechanic will feature in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2

According Westies (who was invited to try the game by Call of Duty), you can swim in campaign, co-op, multiplayer and warzone. He described the mechanism in detail and said that we would be able to swim on the surface or hold our breath and dive below if we needed to stay stealthy. The deeper you go, the darker the water becomes and will therefore give you better cover.

But it’s going to involve more than just movement mechanics. Balls will also react to water and slow down in liquid. You can even perform melee kills from the water’s edge, Splinter Cell style. Even more impressive, vehicles will react to water. They’ll slow down when you hit the surface, then slowly fill with water and sink, but there are also amphibious vehicles, thankfully.

And before doubting the news, in the Modern Warfare 2 trailer we actually see several shots of the figures swimming. In fact, much of the game seems to take place on the high seas, so we’re sure you’ll see this mechanic in the final version of the game.

For more details on the new game, head over to our hub article regarding everything we know about Modern Warfare II.