Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0’s SMS Protect Requirement Will Only Apply to PC Versions

Those playing the shooter on PlayStation and Xbox consoles will not need to link accounts with phone numbers.

Posted By | On 14th, Oct. 2022

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It was recently reported that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will require players to link their accounts with their phone numbers (much like fellow Activision shooter Overwatch 2), with “some” pre-paid numbers also being incompatible. In light of the criticism that has followed, Activision has released a statement that explains the implementation of “SMS Protect”, while also clarifying that it will not be implemented on all platforms.

As per the publisher, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0‘s SMS Protect requirement isn’t in use in the console versions- though those playing the game on PC will need to verify their phone numbers. According to Activision, this is “critical” to its “anti-cheat enforcement efforts”.

The company also clarifies that existing Call of Duty: Warzone players who’ve already verified their accounts will not need to do so again for Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0. You can read the full statement below, courtesy of CharlieIntel on Twitter.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 launches on October 28, while Warzone 2.0 launches on November 16. Both games will be available on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

As per recent reports, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s paid premium DLC in 2023 will include classic maps from older Call of Duty titles and new campaign content.


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