Stay on target A couple of weeks ago, rumors began circulating around the ol’ internet about a possible remake of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The rumor originally said the game would release in 2019 to coincide with its tenth anniversary. Now, sources say it will actually come out in April of this year. If this turns out to be true, fans will get to play what is arguably the best entry in the franchise a lot sooner than expected. Albeit, without the game’s much beloved multiplayer mode.The rumor comes from Charlie Intel (via LAD Bible), which is knowledgeable about all things related to Call of Duty. Eurogamer has also confirmed the authenticity of the rumors. The game also popped up on a listing for Amazon Italy (via IGN Italia). There, it is slated for a April 30th release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for €19.99 (£17.45 / $24.58). Since $24.95 isn’t a typical price for a game in North America, the price will probably be $29.99.Charlie Intel suggests Raven Software will not develop this remaster. If you recall, it is the studio behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered from 2016. It is unclear who is developing the remaster of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.Aside from the actual remaster, the biggest news to come out of this rumor is that it apparently won’t have multiplayer. This is strange considering how important multiplayer is for modern day Call of Duty titles. If this part of the rumor turns out to be true, it’s safe to say fans will be upset. After all, many in the Call of Duty community believe Modern Warfare 2 has the very best multiplayer in the franchise.April 30 is only a few weeks away so we’ll find out if this rumor is true or not fairly soon. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available. ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ Trailer Steps Out of the ShadowsNext ‘Call of Duty’ Is Probably ‘Modern Warfare’ Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Two of the closest galaxies to our Milky Way—the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds—may have once had a third companion.New research describes a tertiary galaxy probably engulfed by the Large Magellanic Cloud some three to five billion years ago.Most stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) rotate clockwise around the center of the galaxy, according to the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).But some appear to move counter-clockwise.“For a while, it was thought that these stars might have come from its companion galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud,” ICRAR Masters student Benjamin Armstrong, lead author on the study, said in a statement. “Our idea was that these stars might have come from a merger with another galaxy in the past.”Large Magellanic Cloud photographed using a small telephoto lens and a modified DSLR camera to highlight the molecular clouds (via Andrew Lockwood)Two irregular dwarf galaxies less than 200,000 light-years from the Milky Way, the Magellanic Clouds can be seen in the night sky with the naked eye.Until the discovery of the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy in 1994, these were the closest known galaxies to our own. The Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy, spotted in 2003, is considered the actual nearest neighbor.Armstrong, based at the University of Western Australia, used computer modelling to simulate galaxy mergers.“What we found is that in this sort of merging event, you actually can get quite strong counter-rotation after a merger takes place,” he explained. “This is consistent with what we see when we actually observe the galaxies.”In collaboration with ICRAR principal research fellow Kenji Bekki, Armstrong uncovered evidence that could help answer the long-standing question of why stars in the LMC are either very old or very young.An inverse luminance image of the large and small clouds (via Andrew Lockwood)Galaxies’ star clusters contain “many, many, many stars”—typically of similar ages, made in similar environments. The Milky Way, for example, features clusters that are all very old.The LMC, however, has an array of very old and very young clusters—with nothing in between—creating an “age-gap” problem.“Because in the Large Magellanic Cloud we see star formation starting again, that could be indicative of a galaxy merger taking place,” he said.It could also explain why the LMC appears to be surrounded by a thick disc.The research—intended as a “new way of looking at an old problem”—is detailed in a paper published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.Earlier this month, astronomers were able to detect radiation from cosmic rays in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Scientists also captured super-sharp images of celestial bodies using the Very Large Telescope’s adaptive-optics module. Stay up to date on all things space here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet