The long-awaited Warzone successor to Call of Duty will launch for PS5 and PS4 on November 16, just weeks after the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The two titles – which will be connected to each other – will share combat systems and weapon customization, as Activision’s blockbuster shooter series evolves into its own self-contained platform.
Warzone 2.0, as the publisher is naming it, will take place on an all-new map called Al Mazrah, a mix of sprawling desert and urban locations. Among its innovations is an alternative take on the “closing circle” format that has been a mainstay in most battle royales since PUBG’s blue-up; This ring will now separate, potentially forcing teammates apart before they can be brought together for the final clash.
Another interesting wrinkle is the Gulag, which will create uneasy alliances. In order to escape the gulag and re-enter the main map, you’ll need to work with a total stranger to take out another team of two. Once you’re back in Al Mazrah, your temporary partner will become your enemy again – a really interesting social dynamic. Proximity chat will allow you to communicate with your one time colleague.
As for Modern Warfare 2, many of its gameplay mechanics will be shared with Warzone 2.0. This includes improvements in swimming, mantling, and sprinting. A rebooted Gunsmith will give you the opportunity to design a loadout that works for you, and all of this will be present in Battle Royale as well.
There will be new modes alongside tried-and-trusted favorites, such as Knockout and Prisoner Escape, as well as a massive 64-player option called Assault, where 32-player teams will compete against AI fighters. Oh, and third-person shooter playlists will return, allowing you to actually compete from a whole new perspective.
Another thing worth mentioning is that Warzone 2.0 is getting an “extraction” mode called DMZ, which is clearly inspired by Escape from Tarkov. Here you will enter what is effectively an AI populated Al Mazrah, and work alongside teammates to complete and extract mission objectives. Few additional details were shared about it, but we imagine it’s going to prove yet another very popular wrinkle to Call of Duty’s vastly expanded array of options.
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