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Call of Duty Warzone 2: platforms, leaks, release window, everything we know

Published: 1/Jun/2022 6:30 Updated: 1/Jun/2022 3:50

by Brad Norton

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Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is now in development and we’ve got an early breakdown of all there is to know. From the targeted release window to rumors on launch platforms, here are the initial details.

Activision’s extremely popular CoD battle royale is set for what could be its biggest shakeup yet. Alongside new annual titles in the franchise, Warzone itself is in line for a full-fledged sequel.

Warzone 2 is now in the works at Activision. While it’s early days yet and details remain scarce, here’s a full rundown of everything we already know about the sequel.

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Call of Duty Warzone 2 release window

An exact release date for Warzone 2 hasn’t yet been announced. However, initial reports from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier outlined a loose release window for the sequel.

Warzone 2 appears to be on track for a 2023 launch, according to Schreier. This puts the new iteration three years out from the battle royale’s initial release.

Modern Warfare artwork
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Warzone launched in March, 2020 during the Modern Warfare cycle.

A more specific target is yet to be revealed, though Activision has confirmed Warzone 2 will “come with Modern Warfare 2.”

There’s no telling, however, if this means the BR sequel will launch on day one, or further into the next CoD’s cycle.

The latest intel from industry insider Tom Henderson puts Warzone 2’s release between December 2022 and January 2023. According to his sources, the sequel is on track to launch “a couple of months after Modern Warfare 2,” rather than being held back until later in the new year.

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Call of Duty Warzone 2 platforms

No exact details have been confirmed regarding Warzone 2’s launch platforms. While the current battle royale title is supported across both old-gen and new-gen hardware, the next iteration could be set to change that.

Warzone 2 might be in development for PS5, Xbox Series X | S, and PC only, according Henderson. “A completely new game for the better hardware,” he described.

Warzone hit reg issues
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The new era of Warzone could be leaving old hardware behind.

This means players on PS4 and Xbox One may have to make the jump to the latest hardware by 2023.

Graphical upgrades are a safe bet if this holds true, but performance could also be improved for console players with features like the highly requested FOV slider.

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It’s worth taking this particular claim with a grain of salt for now though. We know for certain that Modern Warfare 2 is set to launch across both current and previous-gen hardware. If Warzone 2 is indeed being developed alongside MW2, this could be indicative of a similar launch across all consoles.

Call of Duty Warzone 2 gameplay details

As a full new iteration, opposed to Warzone’s regular updates, it’s expected that major gameplay changes are on the way. Exactly what that may look like, however, remains unclear.

While no official details have been confirmed, Henderson has implied a major departure from Warzone’s current state.

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M1912 Warzone class
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We could see a more polished experience in a less buggy version of Warzone.

There will be “no past weapon integrations,” he reported on January 26.

This suggests all Modern Warfare 2019, Black Ops Cold War, and CoD Vanguard weapons will be left behind.

Furthermore, we know for certain that Warzone 2 is being “built from the ground up” using an entirely new engine. With a new “play space and new sandbox mode” to boot, technological innovations are expected across the board.

One such innovation appears to be swimming. While nothing new to the franchise as a whole, the ability to swim would be a first for the CoD BR.

Warzone 2 leaks

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On January 27, Henderson went live on his YouTube page, which we have embedded above. He was joined by another credible leaker MW2 Ghost, and the pair revealed that Warzone 2 might not be in development at this time.

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Henderson said that he spoke to Infinity Ward developers after hearing the news of a new BR and they didn’t seem to know anything about it. “None of the [Infinity Ward] developers I have spoken to have heard about Warzone 2 either, until this report came out.”

The duo went on to speculate that it could mean that Warzone 2 is not currently in development but will be sometime soon. MW2 Ghost said, “If the devs don’t know about it [Warzone 2], then how far in development can they actually be?”

From that point on, it appeared to be full-steam ahead for the BR sequel as new leaks continued to pile up thick and fast.

Perhaps the biggest round of leaks surfaced on May 17 through a YouTube upload by ‘NerosCinema.’ From a new inventory system to key movement changes, the YouTube rattled off a wide range of changes he was informed of by a trusted source.

Warzone Loadout Drop
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Getting your own custom Loadout could be more of a hassle in Warzone 2, if leaks hold true.

Topping the list were significant changes to Loadouts in Warzone 2, as the leaker claimed custom classes will soon need to be earned through ‘Strongholds.’ These Strongholds will allegedly appear on the Warzone 2 map, and contain a mix of objectives for players to complete in order to earn a Loadout.

Next up, the source touched on a new inventory system supposedly on the way in Warzone 2. Moving forward, players may have access to a “bag system,” which offers more flexibility than before, allowing players to pick and choose what they carry with them.

On a similar note, Armor will also be changing in Warzone 2, according to the leaker. Rather than all players having access, teams will need to find Armor Satchels to even so much as equip an Armor Plate in the sequel, if these claims hold true.

Modern Warfare 2 pro perks
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Upgradeable Perks could be making a return in Warzone 2.

Also arriving in Warzone 2 are Pro Perks, according to new reports. First appearing in Modern Warfare 2, this system allowed for upgraded versions of select Perks through a unique challenge system. Now, it appears these upgraded Perks will be available in Warzone 2.

For the time being, it’s unclear exactly how they may function. Pro Perks could be available directly through your custom Loadouts, or they might only be obtainable through Strongholds on the map. We’ll have to wait and see how this one pans out.

Warzone 2 map

While nothing has yet been made official, early reports indicate a brand new map will launch alongside Warzone 2. While we could still see Verdansk, Rebirth Island, and Caldera integrated into separate playlists, a new core BR map will allegedly be the priority.

This new layout, set in Colombia, has seemingly been leaked in full, months out from a potential launch. Every POI has appeared online, with 18 distinct areas in total rounding out the map that takes heavily from Modern Warfare 2 (2009).

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Warzone 2 will reportedly launch with yet another brand new battle royale map.

On May 18, Tom Henderson claimed via eXputer that he had been able to verify the full Warzone 2 map layout. Contained within the BR map are a number of popular locations from the classic MW2, ranging from Highrise to Terminal.

Below is a full look at all 18 POIs that reportedly make up the next Warzone map.

Tom Henderson's leaked Warzone 2 map
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Tom Henderson’s map shows the location of every POI on the Warzone 2 map.

Henderson has also outlined that a second map is now in development for Warzone 2 as well. Similar to the first title, the above will reportedly serve as the core BR map, while a second addition arriving later down the line will serve as a bite-sized BR offering akin to Rebirth Island.

This smaller map is currently in early development, according to Henderson, meaning we may not see it until late 2023.

Recent dev comments have also implied that Verdansk is set to make a comeback of sorts in the near future. Targeting “certain platforms,” Activision’s Alex Summers confirmed the news during an April 17 livestream.

Though there’s obviously no telling if this means a Verdansk return in regular Warzone. For all we know, this could be pointing towards the return of Verdansk in the upcoming Warzone Mobile release.