Modern Warfare 2 Raids explained

Modern Warfare 2 Raids are Infinity Ward's effort to add puzzles, logic, and more cooperation than ever to Special Ops, with regularly released episodes

Modern Warfare 2 Raids explained: a group of masked soldiers, armed with assault rifles patrol the street

Modern Warfare 2 Raids are set to add a whole new cooperative experience to Call of Duty when they release later this year. Expanding on the existing Spec Ops mode in the FPS game, Raids will be a deeply immersive and more challenging experience for up to three players coming this December.

Modern Warfare 2 Raids are just one of the new additions to the game modes in this year’s entry in the Call of Duty series, with multiplayer, Warzone 2, and DMZ modes adding up to an extremely varied launch. While that’s all bound to keep us busy for a while, Infinity Ward has promised even more content over the months and years, with Raids among the first Modern Warfare 2 post-launch content drops.

Modern Warfare 2 raids explained: armed soldiers peek around a corner as a tank passes behind

What are Raids?

While there still isn’t much information about what we can expect from Modern Warfare 2 Raids come December, we have heard some new details directly from Infinity Ward. Speaking to us at a campaign early access launch event, director of communications Stephanie Snowden tells us that “communication and coordination are key from a gameplay perspective” and that Raids will combine combat, logic, and puzzles.

While there’s a lot Infinity Ward still couldn’t tell us this early on, we know they’ll be something to really sink our teeth into. Narrative director Brian Bloom states that “these aren’t easy. We’ve started playing them and they take a while,” with Snowden confirming we can expect a “multi-hour experience” from each individual Raid.

And what about their story? When and where do these Raids take place? According to Bloom, while Raids take place after the events of Modern Warfare 2, they will seek to answer “questions that go back to [Modern Warfare] 2019, and even some that will come out of the current offering on the campaign side.” This lends itself into Raids’ episodic release schedule, with new content dropping “every few months”, continuing the story of the main characters.

Modern Warfare 2 Spec Ops kits: an operator wearing a backpack and night vision goggles.


Kits are new to Call of Duty, will be specific to Spec Ops, and are similar to your usual multiplayer loadout of Perks, Killstreaks, and Field upgrades. Earn stars via accomplishments, mission completion, and progression, and use them to level up your kits. Infinity Ward suggests completing all three of the first Spec Ops missions with three stars before Raids launches, in order to level up at least one kit to Rank 5.

  • Assault: Armor Box Field Upgrade increases the effect of your armour. Later levels include faster Loadout item usage, increased armour capacity, and free Stims.
  • Medic: Stim Pistol Field Upgrade gives the ability to instant revives from a distance. Later levels include a free Bomb Drone, similar benefits to the Double Time Perk, free Claymores, and anti-tank mines.
  • Engineer: Snapshot Pulse Field Upgrade allows you to see nearby enemies. Later levels include the ability to restock Lethals and Tacticals over time automatically, extra equipment allowance, and a free Heartbeat Sensor and Spotter Scope.

When do Raids release?

Modern Warfare 2 Raids look to release as episodes, with the first three missions coming on December 12, alongside what looks to be the first large update for the base game. This is during Season 1, as confirmed by the official Call of Duty blog.

That’s everything there is to know about Modern Warfare 2 Raids so far. If you’re already prepping to dominate the battlefield, it’s worth checking out all the best Modern Warfare 2 perks, packages, and how the new system works. This rundown of all Modern Warfare 2 maps in multiplayer won’t hurt either.