Call of Duty: Warzone has hit its one-year anniversary, and although we don’t know what the future holds, we’ve put together the top five things we’d like to see in Warzone’s second year.
Call of Duty: Warzone released on March 10, 2020, and took the world by storm. Over the course of its first year, we’ve seen Cold War be revealed in a live event, Zombies invade Verdansk, and Black Ops Cold War and Warzone fully integrate – bringing over all Cold War weapons and Operators, and tied progression for the first time.
No doubt Raven Software and Activision have plenty of exciting things planned for Warzone’s second year. In anticipation, we’ve put together a wishlist of the top five things we’d like to see in Warzone Year 2.
5. Frequent weapon balance changes
Warzone has generally been very good at shifting the meta between seasons. However, when some guns wildly shine over the rest, it feels like there are only a few viable weapons in the game.
Soon after the integration between Cold War and Warzone, the DMR 14 and the Diamattis rendered every other weapon useless. It was a long couple of weeks waiting for those weapons to be nerfed so we could use other guns.
To combat this, we’d like to see weapons frequently changed as the seasons progress. Some weapons are completely unviable in Warzone, so having these underpowered weapons rise to the top of the pack would keep Warzone exciting and fresh.
4. More Black Ops Cold War content
Black Ops Cold War has a plethora of Scorestreaks and Field Upgrades that would be greatly suited for Warzone. We’ve been using the Cluster Strike and Airstrike for a year now, so it would be refreshing to overhaul the available items.
Preventing pushes in the final circle with the Napalm Strike, or taking out enemy UAVs and Scorestreaks with an Air Patrol would really shake up gameplay.
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Devs could also swap out the more ‘broken’ Field Upgrades in Warzone, Stopping Power Rounds and Dead Silence, for any of those from Black Ops Cold War. This would take away one of Warzone’s more frustrating elements, while simultaneously giving players new toys to play with.
3. New Warzone map and frequent changes to it
It’s all-but-confirmed that at some point over the course of Warzone Year 2, we’ll be playing battle royale in the Ural Mountains. We can’t ignore the fact a new map is the breath of life Warzone needs, but it’s a given that it will be coming.
What we’d like to see, once Warzone has shifted to this new map, is frequent changes to it. Fortnite and Apex Legends keep their maps fresh by frequently changing, adding, and removing locations. While Verdansk has changed somewhat over its first year, the community would greatly appreciate more of these additions.
Swapping out less-visited locations for classic maps, or giving areas overhauls through live events would keep Warzone alive and exciting.
2. Next-gen version of Warzone for consoles
Unfortunately, the console version of Warzone puts players at a significant hardware disadvantage compared to those who play on modern PCs. They can’t adjust graphics settings, reach high FPS, or use the long-requested FOV slider.
However, the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 could easily output high framerates and stunning visuals in Warzone. It would be a crime for Warzone not to take advantage of the power behind these consoles, so we’d like to see a new version of CoD’s battle royale that uses the new consoles advanced hardware.
With a next-gen version of Warzone for consoles, we’d like to see:
- Updated visuals
- High frame rate
- FOV Slider
Black Ops Cold War has a FOV slider on consoles, so it’s logical that Warzone should have one too. It’s highly likely a next-gen version of Warzone is in the works, and with these features, console and PC players will be on a far more even playing field.
1. More live events inside Warzone
Fortnite has expertly pulled off live events which bring the whole community together, and many players want to see something similar in Call of Duty.
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Black Ops Cold War’s reveal inside Warzone was a highlight of Year 1, and if Warzone were to have more events such as this, there would be even more reason for veteran and causal Warzone players to return to the game.
Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare all have a connected story. Seasons ending with live events that progress this story would be a great time for the community to stop shooting at each other for a minute and come together to enjoy the latest Warzone developments.
With the nuking of Verdansk being leaked, we can expect an insane live event to say farewell to the original Warzone map. Hopefully, this live-event will be a success, and Activision feels it’s worth putting more of these in the game.
To summarize, we’d like to see Raven Software and Activision really take advantage of everything that makes Warzone great. At the end of Year 1, Call of Duty’s battle royale is in a great place, but if we could see these five things inside Warzone Year 2, the game would be even better.
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CoD Warzone 2: Leaks, rumors, platforms & release window
Activision are reportedly developing Warzone 2, so here’s everything we know about the rumored sequel to CoD’s battle royale.
There are reports that Activision are developing a sequel to Warzone, 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.
Now, it appears that Activision are looking at moving the battle royale title on further, with Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier reporting that “a new iteration of Call of Duty Warzone” is in the works.
Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty: Warzone 2.
- What is Call of Duty: Warzone 2?
- When could Warzone 2 release?
- Warzone 2 platforms
- Warzone 2 gameplay
- Warzone 2 maps
- Will Warzone still exist after Warzone 2 releases?
What is Call of Duty: Warzone 2?
Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is the rumored sequel to CoD’s hit battle royale, where it’s reported to be “a completely new game” with “no past weapon integrations.”
Warzone’s sequel was first reported by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and corroborated by well-known industry insider Tom Henderson. Henderson has called Warzone 2 a “clean slate,” meaning it’s a brand-new game without any content from previous CoD games.
Henderson said there’s no guarantee that it will be officially titled ‘Warzone 2’ though, this is just what it’s being called in these early stages. He explained that it’s possible Warzone 2 will just be called ‘Warzone’ and the original Warzone will be dubbed ‘Warzone Legacy.’
Since then, Activision confirmed that a “new Warzone experience,” is in the works. While they haven’t made an official announcement for Warzone 2, insiders believe that the new experience referred to is the rumored sequel.
When could Warzone 2 release?
Schreier reported that Warzone 2 is on track for a 2023 release, which puts it at three years after Warzone’s original launch.
However, Tom Henderson has heard different. He explained on January 27 that: “It’s [Infinity Ward’s] Warzone map that is set to be a ‘clean slate’ for Warzone and was scheduled to release in Holiday 22.”
“This map was last mentioned to release in Holiday 22 just 6 weeks ago, indicating things are being shaken up if this is the ‘Warzone 2’ that was being referenced in the Bloomberg report,” he continued.
It sounds like Warzone 2 will be attached to 2022’s Modern Warfare II in the same way that the original Warzone was released alongside Modern Warfare (2019). But it remains to be seen whether this Holiday 2022 release date will be stuck to.
Warzone 2 platforms
According to Tom Henderson, Warzone 2 will only be on current-gen and PC, which means it will release on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC. However, he said there’s a “possibility” that it will also release on previous-gen consoles too.
While Warzone 2 will be a “completely new game for better hardware,” he said it’s possible that they will release a separate previous-gen version without cross-generation play. DICE did a similar thing with Battlefield 2042, where previous-gen consoles received a scaled-back version.
We would expect improved visuals, and maybe even the highly-requested FOV slider on next-gen consoles. He said that “it’s believed this move is to finally move over to current-gen hardware in the best way possible.”
Warzone 2 gameplay
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.” This will likely mean everything is brand-new, including weapons, Operators, Perks, and Killstreaks.
On May 18, players received plenty of new information concerning possible Warzone 2 gameplay. For starters, leakers 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.
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.
Warzone 2 maps
At the time of writing, there’s no official confirmation concerning the maps that players will be able to drop into when Warzone 2 finally launches. We could see some familiar locations or the game could arrive with an entirely new map.
The popular Verdansk map was removed from Warzone to make way for Caldera in December 2021. Raven Software explained why they can’t add it back to Warzone, but one dev from Activision claimed that it will return in 2023.
During an April 17 livestream, Activision’s Manager of Live Operations Alex Summer confirmed that they’re targeting “certain platforms” for Verdansk’s return alongside a “new, big map” for Warzone 2.0.
Of course, this doesn’t confirm that Verdansk’s return will be in the Warzone sequel. The mention of “certain platforms” could be hinting at its arrival in Warzone Mobile, which leaker GhostOfHope has previously claimed.
Industry insider Tom Henderson also 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.
He also stated that there could very well be more than just these four maps that appear. 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.”
While we don’t have official images of the map as of yet, a leaked image of a Warzone 2 weapon surfaced online. You may be able to check it out if it hasn’t already been struck down. Henderson also claimed that Warzone 2 would share the same map with Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ game mode.
Will Warzone still exist after Warzone 2 releases?
According to Tom Henderson, the original Warzone will still be around after Warzone 2 releases.
He said that the “Original Warzone with MW, BOCW, and Vanguard still remains,” and “you keep all your progression, purchases etc.” He also understands that this ‘Warzone Legacy’ will still be supported.
Image Credit: Activision
Warzone 2 leaked image provides first look at sequel
A leaked image of Warzone 2 has provided players with their very first look at the next iteration of the battle royale.
On May 18, a leaked image of Warzone 2 surfaced online, providing players with their first look at the highly anticipated sequel.
The week of May 16 has been a wild one for Call of Duty fans as several leaks concerning Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 emerged online. It looks like the floodgates are open as leakers are reporting on what Warzone 2’s map could look like.
Of course, all of the information that is leaked prior to release is subject to change so take everything with a grain of salt. The latest leak supposedly showcases the first in-game image of Warzone 2 and you won’t want to miss it.
According to reports, Warzone is on track for a 2023 release. Despite the long wait for players, excitement is already beginning to build as the hopes of the Call of Duty franchise lie with Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.
Players already received news about a new loadout mechanic called Strongholds, and classic CoD maps returning as a part of the Warzone 2 map. While these leaks are exciting, some people have to see to believe. Thanks to CoD leaker TheGhostOfMW3, players got their first glimpse at what Warzone 2 could look like.
Don’t be surprised if the image becomes inaccessible as the sensitive information is removed from online spaces.
Of course, it is still early days and the game is likely far from finished, but despite the lack of polish, the image showcases a weapon. Due to the angle of the weapon, it looks like an Operator could be using a weapon inspection feature.
In addition, you can also see what looks to be an early version of Warzone 2’s HUD. There’s no telling how this will change throughout the next months, but at the moment it looks quite similar to Warzone’s current HUD.
Other standout details include what looks like some sort of holographic sight on the weapon. This makes sense given the modern setting. The surrounding environment does not look fully rendered but you can make out a beige, desert-like area with several trees emerging from the ground.
Stay tuned to CharlieINTEL for more Warzone 2 news as leaks continue to emerge. For now, check out how a Warzone 2 leak claims a new loadout system, and major armor changes are coming in the new battle royale.
Image Credits: Activision
When is the next Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Double XP event?
We have the dates and times for the next CoD: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Double XP event to help you rank up weapons and the Battle Pass.
With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.
XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.
- How to get Double XP in CoD: Vanguard & Warzone Pacific
- What time does CoD: Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Double XP start?
How to get Double XP in CoD: Vanguard & Warzone Pacific
Call of Duty players can get Double XP by taking advantage of the Double XP promotional events that Activision put on.
Thanks to the Raven Software Trello board, we know when the next Warzone & Vanguard Double XP events are:
- All platforms Double XP event: Wednesday, May 18 – Wednesday, May 25
- 2x XP, 2x Weapon XP, 2x Operator XP, and 2x Battle Pass XP
- PlayStation exclusive Double XP: Friday, May 27 – Saturday, May 28
- All platforms Double XP event: Saturday, May 28 – Tuesday, May 31
The current Double XP event has been active since May 18 during Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 3. With a ton of new content in the battle pass such as the Nikita AVT, M1916, and rare Tier 100 rewards, this Double XP event will be great for those looking to unlock these items as quickly as possible. This specific Double XP period comes to an end on May 25.
What time does CoD: Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Double XP start?
Here’s a full list of the usual Double XP event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:
- PT – 10:00 AM
- CT – 12:00 PM
- ET – 1:00 PM
- BST – 6:00 PM
These special Double XP events usually occur during a weekend, as it naturally gives players the most time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.
If you’re worried about slow progression for Vanguard and Warzone’s battle pass, the active Double XP event will no doubt give you a great boost to unlock all the Season 3 rewards.
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Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games / Raven Software
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