The controversial 2FA system which was recently disabled in Overwatch 2 due to its buggy implementation, is making its way to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. According to Blizzard’s website, the game has some strict phone number requirements that players will need in order to play Modern Warfare 2.
At first, this might seem like your average 2FA system. However, Blizzard is making it even tougher for players to get into the game by locking out users who have pre-paid cellphones too. The Blizzard website suggests that users who have pre-paid phone numbers may not be able to authenticate their Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game. The site reads:
- “Messaging apps like iMessage (iOS) or WhatsApp (iOS, Android) are not supported.”
- “Mobile phones with prepaid plans may not work with the phone notification service.”
- “Phone notifications cannot be used with Voice over IP (VoIP), and VoIP numbers that are transferred to a local provider are not eligible for the service.”
The original implementation of this 2FA system in Overwatch 2 also locked players with pre-paid numbers out of the game. While Activision didn’t confirm that users without contracts would be unable to play the game, this newest information on the official site explains why some gamers had issues.
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Blizzard ended up disabling the 2FA system in Overwatch 2... Well, sort of. The company actually kept the system in place but instead of locking all users behind 2FA, it decided to let the old accounts enjoy the game without the need for 2FA. Any Battle.Net account created before 9 June 2021 does not need 2FA in order to play the game.
This doesn’t tell us much about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at this stage. By the sound of things, all gamers jumping into the game at launch will need to make use of the game’s 2FA in order to log into the online services. There are no older account requirements to be let off the hook at this stage. The real question now would be whether or not pre-paid and pay-as-you-go gamers will be able to play Modern Warfare 2 at launch.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 releases on 28 October for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC. Those who pre-order the game are granted early access to the campaign starting on 20 October.
Source: Blizzard Site