Warzone 2.0: Everything You Need To Know From The Reveal
It’s official – Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 has been revealed, and it looks good enough to save the franchise. Since Caldera was released in an update in December 2021, the Warzone platform has suffered somewhat, with fans generally ruing the loss of the original map, Verdansk. Now, in an all-new, revitalised experience, players will be parachuting into Al Mazrah, diving headlong into Warzone 2.0, a totally upgraded battle royale platform.
It was revealed at Call of Duty: NEXT that Warzone 2.0 has been in development since 2020, and it will introduce the largest, most dynamic map in franchise history. It’s an intelligent map, bursting with life and bearing iconic points of interest that players will recognise from the original Modern Warfare series. It’s an innovative platform that encourages land, sea, and air combat, boasting an all-new gulag system, looting mechanics, physics, and so much more.
Let’s get into this one – here’s everything you need to know about Warzone 2.0.
Introducing: Warzone 2.0 – New and Improved
Firstly, let’s look at the map – it’s a sprawling, diverse environment that boasts rivers, dense cities, and mountain peaks. It’s the biggest map in the history of Warzone, and it offers more versatility than ever before. However, it’s also a treacherous location, littered with intelligent AI enemies, heavily-fortified Strongholds that contain top-tier loot, and vehicles that boast mounted weaponry, ripe for the taking.
There’s a sense of familiarity in this map, and it comes from the fact that around 50% of all the points of interest are maps from the original Modern Warfare series. As a game, Warzone 2.0 has been designed to run parallel to Modern Warfare 2, and it’ll include all the refreshed mechanics, physics, and equipment that the standard multiplayer mode boasts. This includes the sliding, diving, and variable running mechanics that have been introduced for Modern Warfare 2’s release.
As the developers have said, Warzone 2.0 is ‘all about fun’, and from the early gameplay reveals, it certainly seems that way. For a while, people were thinking that Warzone is dying, but Al Mazrah might just be the revival that it needs.
Too Many New Thing To Count
There is a staggering list of all-new content coming to Warzone 2.0 to truly make it a ‘2.0’ kind of game. Firstly, there’s a new gulag, which forces players to team up in random duos with an opponent that has died on the map at relatively the same time as them. There will be AI enemies and ground loot in the gulag, too. There’s also the introduction of proximity chat, which aids with this and promotes communication on the battlefield – even with opposing forces.
There are now Strongholds littered around the map that are protected by intense AI opponents. These can be taken over and looted, rewarding players with high-tier equipment. There’s an entirely new ‘circle mechanism’, with a sandstorm-based circle that can split up into two or three individual sections, encouraging micro battles that ultimately come together at the end in an epic showdown.
We’ve also got intelligent looting, hidden stashes, all-new vehicles with improved handling and physics, water-based combat, and most importantly, the DMZ mode, which makes Warzone 2.0 a little like Escape from Tarkov.
There is so much coming to Warzone 2.0, it’s unbelievable – and fans should certainly be pleased with what they’re getting. As per the reveal, the full, free-to-play, crossplay Call of Duty battle royale experience will launch on November 16th for all platforms.