Earlier today, the official Call of Duty Twitter account tweeted out an image of the mini-map for the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 map, Museum.
While it wasn’t officially confirmed that Museum was the map on display, sources who have played the game before confirmed that it was, in fact, Museum. At this time, we don’t have any official screenshots for the map itself — all we have is the mini-map. However, this was more than enough to showcase the possible direction that Infinity Ward is taking in regard to map design for MW2.
What is Museum in Modern Warfare 2?
In Infinity Ward’s previous title from 2019, Modern Warfare, the developers chose a different kind of map design than in years past. A majority of the maps in MW2019 were extremely large and open, featured several tall buildings with windows and doors, and didn’t follow the traditional three-lane design that had grown to be so popular in the community. This led to one of the game’s main criticisms being the overall map selection at launch.
As time went on, however, Infinity Ward began releasing DLC maps that followed a more traditional design. “Three-lane” maps essentially follow a design that features three distinct routes players can take.
It seems the developers of Modern Warfare 2 are sticking with that post-launch trend. The mini-map that was showcased for Museum appears to be more or less a three-lane design.
While there are some buildings and other rooms that connect these lanes, that’s fairly standard. Many players immediately thought of the map Raid from Black Ops 2 and Cold War when they saw this mini-map. Raid is a traditional three-lane map but it has connections throughout its layout that allow for flanking routes. This also gives players quick access to the different areas of the map. Museum appears to be following a similar design.
As COD leaker @TheGhostOfHope pointed out, there are three distinct lanes along the map. The spawn points are clear at the north and south ends of the map. There also looks to be both close and long-range sightlines, giving players the freedom to run whatever gun they’d like.
— Hope (@TheGhostOfHope) September 13, 2022
Overall, Museum appears to be a medium-sized map with three lanes, varying sightlines, and competitive potential. We still have to see how the Museum plays, but the early feedback is solid for the map. Given that Call of Duty let us see this mini-map early, we’ll presumably get to play the map Museum during the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 beta.
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Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.