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If you pre-ordered Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, you will now be able to play through the campaign. The story line follows members of the 141 Task Force, Price, Gaz, Ghost and Soap and other friends as they race against time to stop a catastrophic terrorist attack. The action-packed campaign offers a wide variety of different mission types and really doubles down on character growth.
Those of you who have finished the story will know that General Shepherd and Philip (fill graves) Graves are revealed as the baddies midway through. The campaign ends with players killing Graves who brings a tank to a gunfight and General Shepherd giving 141 the slip and escaping. The 'final' cutscene sees our four heroes and Laswell talking about future threats, a photograph is handed around the table with Captain Price revealing it as Vladimir Makarov.
This villain was properly introduced to players in the original Modern Warfare 2 (2009) although he was mentioned in Modern Warfare (2007) and of course Modern Warfare 3 (2011). Those of you old enough to remember (no pun intended) the storyline will of course remember the mission 'No Russian' this controversial level saw players play as a small team of Russians pacing through an airport terminal, massacring innocent people with light-machine guns.
Well, keen eyed fans who managed to sit through the credits were rewarded with an extra, Marvel style cutscene. It opens on a plane with a flight attendant handing out dinner to passengers. One of the passengers begins retrieving components from various things around him such as his seat belt, a flashlight and the underside of his dinner dish, all culminating in him building a 3D printed sidearm.
The passenger opens his phone to a text that reads "Ready?" to which he replies "Ready". A final bone chilling response is sent back "No Russian". This is an obvious nod to the original Modern Warfare 2 (2009) that these modern games are based on. The cutscene ends with the passenger and his comrades standing up, weapons in hand, moving across the plane in different directions, likely off to commit a terrorist attack. A large letter M seems to signal the sender, another reference to Makarov.
At this point it is a safe assumption that Makarov will be the main villain in Modern Warfare III with General Shepherd still on the loose as well. That being said, a recent leak suggests that a map pack will be coming to Modern Warfare II, this pack will include an expansion to the campaign. If these leaks are true, we may not have to wait long to see where this cutscene goes at all. If you haven't seen the cutscene yet, we've posted it below for you to watch.