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Warzone 2: everything we know so far about the Call of Duty battle royale sequel

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Warzone 2, the next version of the popular Call of Duty battle royale is currently in development.

Infinity Ward, a developer, confirmed that there is a new Warzone experience in the making earlier this year. This follows rumors and speculation. This new experience and Modern Warfare 2 were also confirmed by Infinity Ward.

The new engine is used to build the Warzone experience. The developer claims that it will be a massive evolution of battle royale, with a new playspace and sandbox mode. Activision Blizzard has claimed (opens new tab). Warzone 2 boasts “groundbreaking innovations”, while Infinity Ward confirmed. The new Warzone is a result of new technology, features, and gameplay.

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Modern Warfare 2’s standalone Warzone will include some of the new content and systems. You can’t transfer any items to Warzone 2 , but don’t expect your player-earned content.

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It’s not surprising that Warzone 2 wasn’t featured in Gamescom Opening night Live. Activision chose to host a Call of Duty showcase at Gamescom 2022 instead. Call of Duty – Next will offer a glimpse of “the Future of Call of Duty” and provide more information about Modern Warfare 2, Warzone 2 and the mobile battle royale spin-off.

 

Warzone Season 4 may be underway, but we are still eager to learn more about Warzone 2. We may soon have more information, but we’ll keep you posted on everything we know about Warzone 2 until then.

Warzone 2: Cut to the chase

  • What is it? It is a sequel to Call of Duty’s battle royale.
  • What time can I play it again? TBC
  • What platform can I use to play it? TBC

Warzone 2: Release date and platforms

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We do not know the platforms or a release date for Warzone 2.

Activision Blizzard has confirmed that the development of its Warzone game is progressing well in its first quarter financials for 2022. The publisher plans to reveal the sequel “later in the year”.

According to a Bloomberg report, the sequel is slated for a release in 2023. According to the news agency, the Call of Duty game next year has been delayed. This makes 2023 the first year in almost two decades that a mainline Call of Duty game has not been released. Treyarch will assist in the development of a new, free-to play online title (likely Warzone 2) that will be released in 2023.

Activision’s spokesman wrote to Bloomberg via email, “We have an exciting slate of premium Call of Duty experiences for next year, next year, and beyond.” We look forward to sharing more information when it is convenient.

There is also the possibility that Warzone 2 may have been delayed internally. Tom Henderson, a notable Call of Duty leaker, claims that he has previously heard Warzone 2 would be released in “Holiday 2022”.

While we can only speculate about Warzone 2’s launch date, it is easier to make educated guesses regarding platforms. We are almost certain to see Warzone 2 on PS5 , Xbox Series , Xbox Series H, and PC. Many will be relieved to see Warzone 2 on PlayStation after Activision was acquired. However, it appears that the series will remain multi-platform for the future.

It’s not clear if it will also be available on PS4 or Xbox One. Infinity Ward tweeted that “a brand new generation” of Call of Duty was coming. It’s not clear if this means that older hardware generations will be left behind, but it does seem unlikely. A large number of Warzone players will likely be using the latest-gen hardware at the time.

Warzone 2: gameplay

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Activision Blizzard released very few details about Warzone 2 at the moment. We expect that the core first-person shooter gameplay will function nearly exactly as the battle royale predecessor.

However, there are a few leaks that suggest what to expect. YouTuber NeroCinema claims it will play more like Blackout than the original Warzone, which is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. According to reports, players will not spawn with armor and will need to search for a satchel in order to equip it. NeroCinema claims that there will be a firing range to test custom weapons.

This video also suggests Warzone 2’s greatest change is how it handles loadouts. It makes it difficult for players to obtain them by placing them in’strongholds’.

It’s stated in the video that “there will be many of them.” You infiltrate buildings and do different tasks depending on which stronghold you are. Sometimes, you will need to kill AI and defuse a bomb before you can access your loadout.

You should take this information with a grain of salt. However, it is worth noting that Tom Henderson, a notable leaker, has stated “a lot of these are true” about the video. Henderson did add that he believes there may be discrepancies as the source cannot remember specific details. It seems that there is leak overload inbound.

Henderson claims via Tweet, that the two games would be split into Warzone Legacy and Warzone. He claims that Warzone Legacy is the current version. This version will continue to receive support even after Warzone 2 is dropped with content from Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019), and Call of Duty Vanguard. Henderson claims that this version of Warzone is available for PC and last-gen consoles.

According to the leaker Infinity Ward’s Warzone map (or Warzone 2 Map, as we should say) will provide a “clean slate.” The developer will be removing all current content including Operators, weapons, and other items. Warzone 2 will likely not offer any of the previously made available content, but instead will offer new content that starts with Modern Warfare 2. Stats may be transferred from Legacy to 2.

Warzone 2: News and Rumors

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Call to Duty: More details

Call of Duty: Next will feature Warzone 2, a new showcase that will offer a fresh look at this franchise. Activision has set the September 15th livestream. (opens in new window) The livestream will include “robust information drops detailing innovations and live gameplay, as well as a whole bunch more.”

Summer Game Fest offers a Warzone 2 update

At Summer Game Fest 20022 we got more details, but the main focus was on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s campaign. We were able to get a brief update from Johanna Faries (GM of Call of Duty) and Jeff Negus (cinematics lead at Infinity Ward), regarding the planned sequel.

Geoff Keighley was asked what Faries thought of the “transformational moment” for the franchise. Faries continues to explain that future games will be built on the same engine as Warzone 2.0.

What will this mean? Faries explained that Warzone 2.0 will offer a separate experience for existing players. Faries replied that Warzone 2.0 would “extension of Modern Warfare 2”. Sadly. She didn’t confirm any specific gameplay details, but you can view the entire interview below.

 

Colombian Inspiration

Hope, a Call of Duty leaker, said that Warzone 2 will “heavily draw inspiration from Medellin (Colombia)”.

Although this isn’t confirmed, it would be consistent with reports that Warzone, the new Call of Duty video game, is being developed “from the ground up” in conjunction with the Colombian drug war. These reports are not confirmed.

 

Medellin, Colombia will be heavily influenced by the Warzone 2 map. pic.twitter.com/3W7EOi4KdaApril 23, 2022

 

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Lessons learned

In a conference call with journalists and content creators, Warzone’s developers said they had “f ****d up with Warzone” and called the battle royale at that time “embarrassing”.

Activision Game Director Josh Bridge acknowledged that the team was unhappy with the current state of the game, and that they had “learned to the upper limits of technology” in trying to integrate other Call of Duty titles into Warzone.

The developers claim that Warzone was not built into future Call of Duty titles due to its release. This caused major development problems and led to the game’s loss of identity.

Developers stated that they are “determined” to fix the problems with the game, which was highlighted in the blog entry confirming Warzone 2’s development.

The post states that “Naturally we have exciting plans across the franchise this season, but the team’s current focus is strictly on Warzone experience we all play today, addressing our current frustrations and tackling many important requests from the community,”

It seems like players of “Warzone Legacy”, a new generation of Warzone cards, won’t be forgotten, even though they have a new generation of Warzone.

It’s not an Xbox exclusive

There was some uncertainty about the future of Call of Duty after the announcement of Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. What will the future hold for Call of Duty?

PlayStation gamers have good news: It looks like they will continue to do so in the near future.

Phil Spencer , Xbox’s head, stated that “Activision Blizzard Games are enjoyed across a variety platforms and we will continue to support these communities moving forward.” Although this vague statement doesn’t confirm if current Activision Blizzard games, such as Call of Duty will be exclusive Xbox titles at a later time, it was clear that the deal is not final.

Spencer then tweet (opens new tab) that had “good talks” with Sony leaders and confirmed Microsoft’s intention to honor all agreements following Activision Blizzard’s acquisition. He also stated that the company was “desire to continue Call of Duty on PlayStation”. Spencer wrote, “Sony has been an integral part of our industry and we value our partnership.”

 

This week, I had a productive conversation with Sony executives. I confirmed that we intend to honor all agreements regarding Activision Blizzard’s acquisition and that we want to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. I confirmed our intention to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation.

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Call of Duty PlayStation gamers were not confident about this statement. Many were concerned about the “existing agreements”. Spencer did not explicitly state that future Call of Duty games would be on PlayStation.

According to Bloomberg, four anonymous insiders claim to know of the deal and tell the outlet that the next three Call of Duty titles are planned to be released for both Xbox consoles and PlayStation. Bloomberg was told by sources that Activision had committed to these games before the acquisition. Microsoft will honor this commitment.

These three games include the confirmed Modern Warfare 2 reboot (aka Call of Duty 20202), another Call of Duty game by Treyarch ( possibly delayed to 2024), and Call of Duty: Warzone 2.

Microsoft’s February 2022 blog post provides more information and addresses Call of Duty specifically. It is stated that it will continue to be available on PlayStation even after these agreements are over.

According to the post, Microsoft will make Call of Duty and other popular Activision titles on PlayStation “to be precise”, as long as there is an Activision agreement. Microsoft also stated that they had “committed to Sony that we would also make them available to PlayStation beyond the existing Agreement and into the future, so that Sony fans continue to enjoy the games that they love.”

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