Swimming, the ability to climb atop vehicles, and a new third-person mode are just a few of the new additions to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 that was announced during the COD Next Showcase Event. \n \nDuring last night's COD Next showcase, Infinity Ward demonstrated several of the new multiplayer and Warzone 2.0 features coming to Modern Warfare 2 ahead of its upcoming Open Beta period. Some of the new features are Gunsmith 2.0, the ability to stand on top of vehicles and fire, and the ability to swim underwater on select maps, all of which are showcased in the clip. \n \nThe webcast for Modern Warfare highlighted a number of notable updates, but the addition of a third-person mode stood out as the most significant. In multiplayer, players will have the option to activate a modification that switches to a third-person perspective while controlling a character. However, it appears to revert to a first-person perspective when aiming down the sights. \n \nWhile the announcement of third-person mode was made at Call of Duty: Next, Infinity Ward's director of multiplayer design, Joseph Cecot, provided some additional information. Cecot remarked, "It's been a pet project for us, we've always wanted to do third-person, and even while we're focusing on other things, we've been thinking about doing third-person in each mode." \n \nWhat's neat is that it's a toggle in our game; if you want to play from a third-person perspective, you can. We plan to experiment with it in Hardpoint during the beta, but we also want to attempt it in Search and Destroy and Battle Royale once the game has been released. \n \nAlso, this year, Microsoft paid $70 billion for Activision Blizzard and the rights to its games. This has led to a public dispute between Sony and Microsoft over whether or not the Call of Duty franchise should be limited to Xbox consoles. Since last July, when it was claimed that the firm had developed a culture of workplace harassment, the franchise and its publisher Activision have been embroiled in a number of issues.