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'Call of Duty' dropped from Modern Warfare 2

Infinity Ward ditches franchise name, confirms "worldwide" release

The 'Call of Duty' name has been cut from the title of Infinity Ward's CoD4 follow-up, which is now simply called 'Modern Warfare 2'.

Activision confirmed the news last night via a press release, also claiming that the first Modern Warfare is the "best-selling first-person action game of all time", with over 12 million copies flogged. Prove them wrong.

It's a bizarre choice if you ask us, but at least it'll help differentiate Infinity Ward's title from Treyarch's World War II efforts.

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"Everyone on the team is laser focused on making the most gripping experience we've ever created," said Infinity Ward's CEO, Vince Zampella. "No detail is too small and every finishing touch imaginable is underway to make Modern Warfare 2 our best ever. We can't wait for our fans around the world to play starting November 10th."

The second game's been confirmed for a November 10 release "worldwide". You can see yesterday's teaser trailer on this very page.