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Call of Duty might be returning to Steam

For the last few years, Call of Duty has moved away from Steam, with Activision instead choosing to launch the games on Blizzard's Battle.net platform. This year, the series may finally return to Steam, according to newly leaked artwork. 

As spotted by Reddit user, Kalinine, new artwork for Modern Warfare II has appeared on Steam over the weekend. The art shows Ghost, a returning character for Modern Warfare 2 (2022), a sequel to the 2019 Modern Warfare reboot. The artwork appeared on a page for Black Ops III DLC, despite not being related to that previous game. If Activision developers are uploading new artwork to Steam, then they could be building a Steam page for the new game.

Alternatively, it is worth noting that many publishers post news updates for their older games on Steam to advertise to prior customers on the platform, even if the game is only available via another launcher. Ubisoft for instance is known for doing this with the Assassin's Creed games. Newer titles like Valhalla are only available via Ubisoft Connect and the Epic Games Store, but news updates regarding Valhalla are posted to previous Assassin's Creed community pages on Steam.

There are a ton of back-catalogue Call of Duty titles on Steam and they still sell quite well even to this day. With that in mind, it is possible that Activision is simply uploading artwork to post news about the new Modern Warfare II to Steam Community pages.

Activision and Infinity Ward have not officially announced much in regards to Modern Warfare 2, but we do know the game is launching on the 28th of October and recent rumours suggest it will have an exclusive VR mode for PS VR2 on PS5. We can expect new official details over the summer, including beta dates and gameplay.

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KitGuru Says: Do you think Call of Duty will return to Steam? If Activision isn't bringing the series back now, then Microsoft may end up bringing the series back to Steam if it manages to complete its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. 

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