Activision have confirmed a sequel to Warzone will be coming, and here’s everything we know about Warzone 2, including all leaks, rumors, and the release window.
Call of Duty: Warzone has changed significantly since its March 2020 release, with the game receiving every weapon from Black Ops Cold War as well as Vanguard, Verdansk getting nuked, and the setting now taking place in the Pacific with the Fortune’s Keep map arriving in Season 4.
Now, Activision are looking at moving the battle royale title on further, as they have confirmed that a brand-new Warzone experience, called ‘Warzone 2.0’, will release after Modern Warfare 2.
Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty: Warzone 2.
What is Call of Duty: Warzone 2?
Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is the sequel to CoD’s hit battle royale, which is set to bring “new technology, new features, and new gameplay that work seamlessly together.”
Warzone 2 will be closely related to Modern Warfare 2, featuring “Modern Warfare II content and systems with brand-new progression and inventories.”
Leaked Warzone 2 release date
Activision have confirmed that Warzone 2 is set to release later in 2022, and now, a leaked internal document claims that the new battle royale will arrive on November 16, three weeks after Modern Warfare 2’s launch.
A November launch would make sense, as it gives the devs more time to fix any glaring issues before the holiday season.
While we do know it arrives this year, we don’t yet have an official release date for Warzone 2, but as more information is released we will be sure to update this piece.
Warzone 2 platforms
Warzone 2 will be released on both current and last-gen consoles, as well as Battle.net and Steam for PC. Following in Modern Warfare 2’s footsteps, Warzone 2 will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.
Activision confirmed the news on June 8 as they look to provide a wide-reaching experience across both titles.
Warzone 2 gameplay
Industry insider Tom Henderson claims that Warzone 2 will be a “clean slate” which means “starting again, scrapping everything like weapons, operators etc.”
He said that “Warzone 2 is basically a new COD title,” and players should “look at it as a sequel.” Activision later confirmed that Warzone inventory including current weapons, Operators, Perks, and Killstreaks will not transfer over to Warzone 2.
Loadout changes & Strongholds
On May 18, players received plenty of new information concerning possible Warzone 2 gameplay. For starters, leakers Tom Henderson and NerosCinema both reported that Warzone 2 will come with loadout drop changes.
A new mechanic called Strongholds is set to alter the way players receive their loadouts. According to leaks, players can approach one of the 20-30 Stronghold areas on the map and complete a set of objectives. Once these objectives are complete they’ll gain access to their loadouts.
Some of the reported objectives involve defusing a bomb or defeating AI enemies. Strongholds will surely add a new layer of strategy to Warzone as each Stronghold can only be captured once per game.
According to the same report, looting will also undergo changes and resemble the system used in Black Ops 4’s Blackout. Supposedly, you won’t spawn in with any armor and you’ll need to find a satchel to equip plates.
Pro Perks & inventory
This isn’t the only feature that could be returning from previous CoD titles as Pro Perks could also appear. These boosted Perks first arrived in 2009’s Modern Warfare and they provide additional features that will benefit players. NerosCinema believes they’ll make their way to Warzone 2.
It seems Warzone 2 could also borrow from competitors by reportedly introducing a bag system for inventory management, similar to Apex Legends or PUBG.
Furthermore, Call of Duty devs have confirmed that the RICOCHET anti-cheat system will be available in both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 at launch. This should provide a fresh opportunity for players looking to play a cheater-free battle royale from the start.
Warzone 2 map
At the time of writing, there’s no official confirmation concerning the map that players will be able to drop into when Warzone 2 finally launches. However, we got a sneak peek during Modern Warfare 2’s trailer, and there have been a handful of leaks that might shed some light on possible POIs.
Industry insider Tom Henderson has reported that four classic Modern Warfare 2 maps are set to return as POIs for the Warzone 2 map. Once again, this information has not been confirmed but Henderson believes that High Rise, Quarry, Terminal, and Afghan are the four maps that will feature in Warzone 2.
Later Henderson would go on to reveal what he believed to be all 18 Warzone 2 POIs. He couldn’t go into specifics about each one, but he did share the names of each one:
- Quarry (Quarry)
- Modern City (Highrise)
- Caves (Afghan)
- Mountain town (possibly Favela)
- Airport (Terminal)
Nothing is confirmed here, and there is also every chance that the names of these POIs could change ahead of release. He also stated that there could very well be more than just four MW2 maps that appear, so some of these POIs could hide another classic map from 2009.
Continuing with the leaks, TheMW2Ghost shared a recreation of what they claim to be the Warzone 2 map.
The map lacks detail at this stage, but it shows what appear to be roads passing through the map. In addition, there’s a large river cutting through the middle of the map. While this isn’t official artwork they claim that it is a “remake based off of the actual map image.”
As you can see, the map is set to be on the coast similar to Verdansk, and the POIs by the water could make use of the new swimming mechanic that is expected in Warzone 2.
When speaking of the map size, Henderson said “it does seem bigger than that of Verdansk and Caldera, especially considering if the grid reference is accurate.” Henderson also claimed that Warzone 2 would share the same map with Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ game mode.
On July 2, a major Modern Warfare 2 leak revealed now-deleted images of several multiplayer maps including Ground War maps. As previously mentioned by Infinity Ward, Ground War maps will come together to form the new Warzone 2 map.
Hydro was the first Ground War map to leak, and the image showcased a desert landscape with water flowing through the center. Given that Infinity Ward confirmed the Warzone 2 engine will support swimming, don’t be surprised to see many POIs featuring water.
The next map that was a part of the Ground War leak is Fishtown. If we take the name of the map into account this could turn out to be a port city of some sort. The image revealed a beach that trails off right before we see the shore.
The final Ground War map revealed in the leak is called Sira. Sira looks much less rural than the previous two maps, with a modern-looking facility taking center stage. There is still evidence of a tropical environment given the number of palm trees in the image.
Will Warzone still exist after Warzone 2 releases?
Activision have confirmed that Warzone will continue to exist after Warzone 2 is released: “Warzone will continue as a separate experience that will include a continuation of player progression and inventories within that Warzone experience.”
Having said that, Warzone 2 will be a brand-new game, separate from the original, meaning that player inventories will be reset.
For more details, check out our piece on whether the inventory will carry over to Warzone 2 from Warzone.
Image Credit: Activision / Tom Henderson via Try Hard Guides