Warzone 2, the sequel to the popular Call of Duty battle royale, is officially underway. After much rumor and speculation, developer Infinity Ward confirmed (opens in new tab) earlier this year that a “new Warzone experience” is in the works, with this new experience and the new game Call of Duty (a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019). ) designed “from scratch” together.
According to the developer, the sequel is being built on a new engine and will be a "massive evolution of the battle royale", featuring an "all-new gameplay space" alongside a new sandbox mode. THE Infinity Ward hasn't shared many details about the next generation of Warzone, but we expect a big ol' info dump at Summer Game Fest 2022 and/or Gamescom 2022. Until then, here's everything we know about Warzone 2 so far.
Dates and platforms
There is currently no confirmed release date for Warzone 2, nor a list of platforms the game will be made for. But a report from Bloomberg states that the sequel is on track for a 2023 release.
According to the news outlet, next year's Call of Duty game has been delayed, making 2023 the first year that a flagship Call of Duty hasn't been released in nearly two decades. But "a new free-to-play online title" (which is likely to be Warzone 2) is due out in 2023 - with Treyarch, the studio working on the Call of Duty game delay, helping to develop this free-to-play game. play a game.
“We have an exciting list of premium and free Call of Duty experiences for this year, next year and beyond,” an Activision spokesperson wrote to Bloomberg in an emailed statement. “We look forward to sharing more details when the time is right.”
It is also possible that the release of Warzone 2 has been internally delayed. Notable Call of Duty leaker Tom Henderson claims he's previously heard that Warzone 2 was scheduled to release in "holiday 2022".
While we can only speculate on the release date for Warzone 2, we can make a guess as to which platforms the next entry in the series will release on. We're almost certain to see Warzone 2 come to PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC.
Whether it will also make its way to PS4 and Xbox One is less certain. Infinity Ward tweeted that "a new generation" of Call of Duty is coming. Whether this indicates an intention to leave behind older generations of hardware is unclear, although at the moment it seems unlikely given that large swaths of Warzone players are likely to be on high-end hardware when launch takes place, particularly as console stock at shortage is still ongoing.
The release of Warzone 2 on PlayStation will be a relief for many, following Microsoft's acquisition of Activision - but it looks like the series will remain cross-platform for the foreseeable future.
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news and rumors
According to the noted leaker Tom henderson, the future of Warzone will see the title separate into “Warzone Legacy” and “Warzone”. Warzone Legacy is the current version of Warzone, claims the leaker. It will continue to be supported after Warzone 2 launches and will include content from Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), and Call of Duty: Vanguard, he said. This version of Warzone will continue to be available on next-gen and current-gen consoles, as well as PC.
In contrast, Henderson says that Warzone 2 (which can just be called “Warzone”) should essentially be seen as a new Call of Duty title. According to the leaker, Infinity Ward's new Warzone map (or Warzone 2 map, we should say) will be a "clean slate" for the title and will see the developer scrapping all of the game's current content, including operators and weapons. advertisement
Warzone 2 will likely not offer content previously available in Warzone, and will instead offer new content starting with the upcoming Modern Warfare 2. But stats can carry over from Warzone Legacy to Warzone 2.
Additionally, this Warzone sequel will apparently only be available on PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC, with Henderson claiming the game can be considered for previous generation consoles if “sales do not perform well”. However, there would be no crossplay between the previous and current generation versions of the game.
In a call with press and content creators in February 2022 (via CharlieIntel), the Warzone developers admitted they "f***ed everything" with Warzone and called the state of the battle royale at the time "embarrassing".
Activision game director Josh Bridge admitted that the team wasn't happy with the state of the game and that it "learned the upper limits of its technology" as it tried to integrate other Call of Duty games into Warzone over the years.
According to the developers, trying to build Warzone into future Call of Duty titles after its release caused "significant development challenges" and saw the free-to-play game suffer major problems - as well as losing its own identity.
The developers said they are "determined to fix the issues with the game", something that was emphasized in the blog post confirming that Warzone 2 is in development.
“Naturally, we have exciting plans in the works for the franchise this year, but currently the team’s focus is strictly on Warzone experience that we are all playing today, addressing current frustrations and fulfilling several important requests from our community,” the post reads.
Despite the acquisition, it won't be Xbox exclusive
Following the announcement of Microsoft's planned $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard earlier this year, there was uncertainty about what the acquisition would mean for the future of the Call of Duty series. The main question: Will future games come to PlayStation?
Good news for PlayStation gamers: it looks like this will happen in the near future.
In a blog post announcing the deal, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said, "Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed across a variety of platforms and we plan to continue to support these communities in the future." That ambiguous statement didn't exactly confirm whether Activision Blizzard's current franchises like Call of Duty will become Xbox exclusives at a later date.
Spencer then tweeted that he had "good connections" with Sony leaders and confirmed Microsoft's "intention to honor all existing agreements following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard" as well as the company's "desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation." . “Sony is an important part of our industry and we value our relationship,” he wrote.
That didn't exactly instill confidence among Call of Duty PlayStation players; many have been concerned about what these “existing agreements” are. After all, Spencer didn't explicitly say that future Call of Duty games will be on PlayStation. advertisement
In a report from Bloomberg, four anonymous people, who claim to have knowledge of the deal, told the agency that the next three Call of Duty games are scheduled to be released for PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The sources told Bloomberg that Activision had already committed to these releases prior to the acquisition and therefore Microsoft intends to honor it.
Those three games are apparently the now confirmed Modern Warfare 2 reboot (aka Call of Duty 2022), another Call of Duty game from Black Ops developer Cold War Treyarch (potentially delayed to 2024), and Call of Duty: Warzone 2.
Clarifying things further, though, is a blog post published by Microsoft in February 2022 that offers further clarification and specifically addresses Call of Duty. That post says it will remain on PlayStation even beyond these existing deals.
The post states that, "To be clear, Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles available on PlayStation during the term of any existing agreement with Activision." will also make them available on PlayStation in addition to their existing contract and in the future, so Sony fans can continue to enjoy the games they love.”
Will Verdansk be back in Warzone 2?
This is a question that battle royale fans ask the most, but so far, we have no information on which map will be in Warzone 2. Verdansk was the first map of the game that arrived on consoles and PC in 2020. The expectation is that, at some point, Verdansk may return to the franchise, but with some changes. The game devs have already made it clear more than once that they have this desire to bring Verdansk, but not yet due to the technical issues of the current Warzone.
Who created Warzone?
Inifnity Ward is the “mother” of Warzone. However, since the end of Modern Warfare's lifespan (2019/2020), Raven Software has taken over the game while IW was working on Modern Warfare II, slated to arrive in October 2022.