Modern Warfare 2 launched with some divisive maps, such as Santa Sena Border Crossing and Taraq. These remain in the game, but one map has become surrounded by mystery. While COD players await the arrival of MW2 Season 2, many are still wondering when the Valderas Museum map will return to the game. Roll out soldiers, as the time to appreciate some fine art could be soon.
In the latest official Modern Warfare 2 blog post, the post expresses that “a deep multiplayer experience done in partnership with Treyarch and the Call of Duty League, and Infinity Ward, is coming to Season 02.” The CDL has had a rough relationship with Modern Warfare 2 so far.
In October last year, Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni told Dillon ‘Attach’ Price that the Crown Raceway map wouldn’t be accessible in scrims due to alleged licensing issues. The museum map, Valderas Museum, was removed when legal issues around the game’s depiction of its real-life counterpart, the Getty Center, arose. The Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 release isn’t far away, and now it’s possible that the map could return alongside ranked play.
Call of Duty-focused Twitter account ‘CharlieINTEL’ teases the map’s return, by simply posting an image of it following the MW2 Season 2 blog post. Though we recommend taking this tease with caution, its notable absence to amend any legalities does support its reappearance next season.
However, the return of the museum map does pose a bigger issue going into Modern Warfare 2 Season 2. The developer is intent on releasing a new Resurgence map in Warzone 2, but news of specific maps spearheading the next content update is still to be clarified. Players in the COD community are concerned that Valderas Museum could replace the addition of a brand new map, becoming the focal point of the Season 2 roadmap for multiplayer add-ons.
Redditor ‘willfan8‘ claims “they will market this as a new map when it was supposed to be in the game from day 1.” Another COD fan says “this better not be a Season 2 map”, but ‘prof_the_doom‘ is willing to give it a chance: “If they actually revamped it, I might accept that. If it’s literally the same map we played during the beta, it’s unacceptable.”
In absence of new maps, COD players have been looped into the same rotation of Farm 18, El Asilo and Al Bagra Fortress for weeks. As players got to explore Al Mazrah in Warzone 2, we thought that locations such as Rust, Highrise and Terminal would get their next bout of glory in standard multiplayer modes. We’ll have to wait a bit longer for those.