There have been a ton of rumors and leaks surrounding Modern Warfare 2’s Escape from Tarkov-esque DMZ mode, and Infinity Ward have now officially confirmed the mode will arrive as free-to-play content alongside Warzone 2’s launch.
The battle royale genre blew up in 2017 and 2018, and Call of Duty launched Blackout and Warzone to capitalize on the trend. But thanks to games like Escape from Tarkov and Hunt Showdown, the extraction genre has garnered a dedicated fanbase.
Infinity Ward announced that DMZ will be an “all-new sandbox experience that will arrive with Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 at launch.” Warzone 2 arrives on November 16, so players will only have to wait three weeks before getting stuck into the new battle royale and extraction-based mode
Plus, Infinity Ward confirmed that DMZ will be free-to-play alongside Warzone 2, so players don’t need to own Modern Warfare 2 to play.
The DMZ mode will be Call of Duty‘s take on Escape from Tarkov, where players must battle other players in order to “loot up and exfil.” Some of the leaked info claims that players must complete objectives such as searching areas for radioactivity and rescuing hostages.
The DMZ mode will be played across the whole of the brand-new Warzone 2.0 map Al Mazrah, and AI will occupy “large sections of the map,” patrolling and setting up in Strongholds. The AI will be a force to reckon with, reacting and reinforcing based on player actions, but players will need to get rid of them if they wish to collect loot.
Infinity Ward also confirmed that players will be able to choose missions and objectives that they wish to complete when infiltrating Al Mazrah in a DMZ match, or players can chase after a “variety of activities in the world.”
Players have the option to play however they want, they can go in loud, quiet, hunt other players down, mind their business, or discover the “secrets of Al Mazrah.”
DMZ is also set to feature the brand-new AI that Infinity Ward have developed, and players will also be taking them on the Spec Ops mode’s Destiny-style Raids that are coming post-launch.
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