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All you need to know about Hardcore Mode in modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty MW2: Hardcore Mode Release Date

Complete explanation of how to play Hardcore Mode in Modern Warfare 2 and what is special about it.

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Every Call of Duty franchise comes with certain multiplayer modes. Perhaps, the most played mode is the hardcore mode. Featuring in every franchise, the mode is the pick of the litter for every serious player. Hence, the wait.


Key takeaways:

  • Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 was released without the hardcore mode.
  • The hardcore mode will be launched on November 16.
  • Tier-1 will be the new name of hardcore mode in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.
  • Certain educated guesses can be made about the much awaited hardcore more.
  • Hardcore mode will be even tougher in Modern Warfare 2.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 has renamed the mode to Tier-1 mode, but in this article, the older name is used since most players are more accustomed to it and would like to call it by its previous name.

Release Date of Hardcore Mode

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 was released with all traditional modes excluding the hardcore mode – and it has had the franchise supporters go bonkers!

As per sources, the mode is intended to be launched separately from the game and it is scheduled for November 16, i.e., next Wednesday. There is much anticipation until then.

What To Expect

There are a few things that can be safely assumed and concluded about the much-awaited hardcore mode, from the way Call of Duty has designed modes previously.

The mode this time is also expected to follow the pattern of its predecessor i.e., of Call of Duty Modern Warfare that was released in 2019.

The mode is played as the usual playing modes but it includes some added difficulties for each individual player. The modes that are played in the hardcore mode also are:

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Search and Destroy
  • Headquarters
  • Domination
  • Cyber Attack
Hardcore mode of modern warfare 1
Hardcore domination in Modern Warfare 1

The to-be-released mode will bar mercy to no player. Top-notch Call of Duty players always look forward to accepting hardships as challenges with both hands – as will be the case this time.

The added difficulties the hardcore mode is expected to bring include friendly fire, lesser player health, and a limited number of HUDs (heads-up displays).

  • 30 HP set for every player instead of the usual 100 HP i.e., less than a third!
  • Extremely limited HUD provided: no mini-map, ammo counters or name tags.
  • Friendly fire ENABLED i.e., firing at your teammates will decrease their HP or at worst, knock them out.

It can be noticed that this mode is not everyone’s cup of tea, and you have to reach a level before you start climbing to the top of the leaderboard – the leaderboard is also expected to return.

Acing The Hardcore Mode

Playing the hardcore mode is not a child’s play. The mode demands the best display of skill and focus from a player which are vital for the player to show his authority in the mode. The required skill and focus can be acquired from perseverance and learning from one’s own mistakes.

A particular amount of time invested in the practice mode of Call of Duty will allow a player to reap the benefits of his perseverance. Gradually, the skillset improves and so do the leaderboard position of a player.

Practice in Modern Warfare 2
Practice Mode of Modern Warfare 2

Every player brings their A-game to to knock others out. The A-game involves a personalized weapon set that a player uses. We have already worked out the best weapon sets that you can use to be on top of your game.

It is important to know the best guns and the best loadouts of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 before you take on the very challenging hardcore more.

Ending Notes

Time and tide wait for none. The release date of the hardcore mode is scheduled on November 16, and it cannot be brought out early. The best strategy is to have patience – easier said than done.

In the meantime, the campaign mode can be completed so when the hardcore mode comes out, all energy can be invested in it. Subsequently, the mode will be dealt with relative ease if optimum time is invested in practice mode.

So, get yourself ready for the hardcore mode before it comes out.

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