It looks like a remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 could be coming our way in the not-too-distant future, with the Pan European Game Information board having provided an official rating for the game, per Gematsu.
Activision has not made any announcements regarding Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered, as developers usually keep such information under wraps until they're ready to let gamers in. However, the game has received a PEGI 18 rating, which suggests that it could be on the way.
A PlayStation 4 rating for the Call of Duty title was the only one noted so there's no news on whether or not updated versions will be made available for Xbox One or PC. However, if true, it appears that Activision's surprise has been properly ruined.
This development shouldn't be surprising for long-time COD fans. Activision returned the original Modern Warfare version to newer consoles in 2016, dropping Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered along with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in a bundle. The move turned out to be a successful one, although Infinite Warfare did not do as well, prompting Activision to release the game separately the following year.
There's no guarantee a remastered Modern Warfare 2 will hit consoles, albeit the strong suggestion from PEGI, but the timing would be on point. If Activision opts to have it release alongside the next Call of Duty, it should hit the market sometime this year.
The devs working on the upcoming COD have teased that the latest addition to the franchise will be a "modern shooter." This hints at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4, but Activision has been mum regarding this particular franchise, so there's no telling what's to come.
If anything, though, the PEGI rating - which has since been taken down - rebuffs a prior rumor that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 will be a remake of Modern Warfare 2. That did make a lot of sense at the time, but the rating from the PEGI board points at two separate entities, which also makes sense.