The BBFC has insisted on an 18 rating for coming soon Call of Duty title Modern Warfare 2, although it has passed through the official hurdle with no cuts.

It seems the rating ruling will not come as a surprise to the developers as promotional packaging has already been labelled "TBC 18".

It is however, the first game in the Call of Duty series to get an 18 certificate from the BBFC.

Previous titles in the series have either been rated as 15 by the BBFC or 16+ under the PEGI system, which considering the gratuitous violence in the previous, lower rated titles suggests that Modern Warfare 2 could well be a blood bath.

Those looking forward to such delights should note the game goes on sale in the UK on 10 November.