Where is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s Hardcore mode?

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Multiplayer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 launched today. With it comes two distinct multiplayer categories: Core Map Modes, which are your traditional 6v6 experiences, and Battle Map Modes, which are large-scale battles with 32v32 experiences. There’s also the Featured and Quick Play options. One thing players noticed today, however, is the lack of a traditional Hardcore mode.

For those new to the series, Hardcore mode is an alternative multiplayer experience that offers more challenging and realistic gameplay. Players have significantly less health, resulting in usually one or two hit kills, and a limited HUD that removes the otherwise always-on mini-map, ammo counter and more.

Hardcore is typically my preferred playlist but in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, it’s missing — at least at launch. In an updated blog post, Infinity Ward quietly addressed Modern Warfare 2’s Hardcore experience.

It seems Modern Warfare 2’s Hardcore mode will be referred to as Tier 1. It will offer “a more challenging experience compared to traditional Multiplayer” with less health for Operators and limited HUD elements, sa well as friendly fire enabled.  So basically, Tier 1 is the game’s Hardcore mode.

But unfortunately, it’s not in the game right now and won’t be available for a few weeks. According to Infinity Ward, the Tier 1 Playlist won’t go live until the start of Season 01.

Season 01 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 won’t launch until November 16, so we’ve got a little over two weeks until Hardcore mode is enabled. Launching alongside Season 01 and the Tier 1 playlist are two more multiplayer experiences: Warzone 2.0 and DMZ.

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Warzone 2.0 is a complete refresh of the Call of Duty battle royale spinoff, while DMZ is an entirely brand new multiplayer experience. There aren’t a ton of details about DMZ right now but it’s an “extraction mode” that has drawn comparisons to Escape from Tarkov. You’ll drop into the map and attempt to reach the extraction point. Any gear you pick up along the way to extraction will be carried out with you and can be taken into the next match. On the flipside, if you die, any gear you have brought into the match will be gone forever. More details about both Warzone 2.0 and DMZ will be shared soon.