Valve teases Call of Duty's return to Steam
Expect to hear more on June 8th
Published: 2nd June 2022 | Source: Steam - Twitter |
Is Call of Duty returning to Steam this year?
Today, Activision confirmed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's worldwide reveal will be on June 8th through their Call of Duty Twitter account, and Valve has just retweeted that from their official Steam Twitter account, deepening rumours that the Call of Duty franchise will be returning to Steam later this year.
Earlier this week, artwork for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 appeared on Steam, suggesting that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 would be releasing on the platform. Most recent Call of Duty titles have been available exclusively though Activision Blizzard's Battle.net launcher on PC, moving the franchise off of Valve's Steam service. Today, it looks like Activision Blizzard are reversing this decision.
With Steam being PC's most popular gaming launcher/client, moving Call of Duty to Steam would immediately make the Call of Duty franchise more accessible to mainstream PC gamers. Beyond that, it is also possible that Call of Duty may be returning to Steam though a Battle.net middleman, acting much like EA's recent Steam releases (which require an EA Origin account to play).
Moving Call of Duty to Steam also opens the door to other Activision Blizzard games moving to Steam, such as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Remaster, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's about time, and all Blizzard titles. That said, moving Call of Duty to Steam does not guarantee that other Activision Blizzard games would be following suit.
As it stands, it looks like Call of Duty will be moving to Steam later this year with Modern Warfare 2. Why else would Valve share a Call of Duty tweet on their official Twitter account?