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Modern Warfare 2 Gun Game mode has classic Call of Duty mini-map, unlike the rest of the game

U AV got to be kidding.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
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Modern Warfare 2 got the much-loved Gun Game mode this week - and players have discovered it uses the classic Call of Duty mini-map that's absent from the rest of the game.

Call of Duty's mini-map is always a talking point, but Modern Warfare 2's iteration proved particularly divisive.

Unlike some previous Call of Duty games, Modern Warfare 2's mini-map only shows enemy player dots when a UAV is active. This means it does not display red dots when enemy players sprint or fire their unsuppressed weapons.

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In September, ahead of the release of the game, Infinity Ward explained the decision:

"The design reason for this is that we do not want to punish players for firing their weapons. We also want players to actively search out the origin of a gunshot versus just traveling directly to where the dot is on the mini-map. We continue to gather feedback on how the game is playing in regards to this topic."

Modern Warfare 2 then launched as expected - with this new, divisive mini-map. And so it comes as some surprise to find Gun Game features the classic Call of Duty mini-map many fans had called for before launch.

As spotted by Call of Duty YouTuber JGOD, the mini-map in Gun Game shows enemy players who fire their unsuppressed weapons as red dots:

What's unclear at this stage is whether this change is intended or a bug of some kind. Its addition was not mentioned in patch notes, and Infinity Ward has yet to reference it on its socials.

Whatever the case, Gun Game's mini-map has sparked renewed discussion around Modern Warfare 2's mini-map, and reinforced the feeling the classic mini-map should be applied to the entire multiplayer portion of the game.

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