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Call of Duty Warzone 2: Release date, Al Mazrah map, gameplay, loadouts, platforms, more

Warzone 2 arrives soon after Modern Warfare 2, so here’s everything we know about the sequel to CoD’s popular battle royale.

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Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is officially on the way, so here’s everything you need to know about Modern Warfare 2’s new battle royale including the release date, gameplay, Al Mazrah map, platforms, and more.

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.

That version of Warzone is being left behind with Modern Warfare 2, as Infinity Ward are bringing ‘Warzone 2.0’ later this year. The new battle royale was finally unveiled at the Call of Duty Next event, so here’s everything you need to know including the release date, Al Mazrah map, gameplay, platforms, and more.

warzone 2.0 operators in aircraft

What is Call of Duty: Warzone 2?

Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is the sequel to CoD’s hit battle royale, an entirely new game that brings Warzone to the brand new Al Mazrah map with new weapons, vehicles, Operators, the Gulag 2.0, and new mechanics.

Warzone 2 was built alongside Modern Warfare 2, featuring “Modern Warfare II content and systems with brand-new progression and inventories.”

Warzone 2 release date

Activision have confirmed that Warzone 2 will release on November 16, 2022, roughly three weeks after Modern Warfare 2’s October 28.

November 16 will mark the start of Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 and bring the highly anticipated DMZ mode alongside Warzone 2.

Warzone 2 map

Warzone 2 Al Mazrah map

Although heavily leaked, Infinity Ward finally unveiled Warzone 2’s Al Mazrah map at Call of Duty Next. The biggest Warzone map yet, Al Mazrah takes players to Western Asia and includes classic maps from the Modern Warfare series.

While exploring Al Mazrah players will be able to find classic Call of Duty maps such as Showdown, Terminal, Quarry, Highrise, and Dome. The map also takes advantage of Modern Warfare 2’s swimming mechanics, so the rivers and ocean are all traversable via swimming or boat.

Another brand-new Warzone 2 mechanic is how the circle will behave on Al Mazra. There will now be several circles dividing players across the map before coming together for the end game.

Warzone 2 gameplay

Warzone 2 is similar to the original Warzone but features some brand-new mechanics to shake up the gameplay.

You’ll still be fighting to be the last man standing in Warzone 2, but the way you loot, acquire loadout weapons and fight in the Gulag have all received major changes. Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone 2’s gameplay.

Loadout changes & Strongholds

Infinity Ward have made the controversial decision to remove Loadout Drops, giving players access to their custom weapons through ‘The Shop’ instead. There will no longer be any Perks in Warzone whatsoever, and you must either scavenge or purchase your equipment separately.

However, the new Strongholds mechanic allows players to pick up one of their custom weapons for free. These areas will be polluted with the new AI, so fight through them and get beyond the locked door and your next custom loadout weapon will be free from The Shop.

Looting & inventory

Warzone 2 has also shaken up how players will loot their gear around the map, bearing more of a resemblance to Blackout or PUBG than the original Warzone.

Weapons, Equipment, and Self Revives will no longer pop out of Supply Boxes, instead, players have to access a menu where they can pick out their items.

Your loot will be divided between your loadout and your Backpack, which is used to carry items such as Armor Plates, ammo, and extra Equipment. You can also loot other players’ Backpacks too, so you don’t need to worry about sorting through a huge pile of loot.

Gulag 2.0

Warzone 2 players in Gulag 2.0

The Gulag has also undergone a massive change with Warzone 2, where players will now fight 2v2 with a temporary teammate, and scavenge for weapons and Equipment found throughout the area.

There’s also an AI Jailer, and after he’s killed he will drop a key. The first team to pick up the key and carry it to one of the doors will win the escape, winning the Gulag.

The Gulag is the perfect place to use Warzone 2’s new proximity chat feature as well.

AI

Warzone 2 players can also find AI scattered all over the map, dropping weapons and providing bonus XP. They don’t have much health nor deal much damage, but content creators playing at Call of Duty Next complained that they made things too confusing.

RICOCHET anti-cheat

Furthermore, Call of Duty devs have confirmed that the RICOCHET anti-cheat system will be available in both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 at launch. This should provide a fresh opportunity for players looking to play a cheater-free battle royale from the start.

Warzone 2 platforms

Warzone 2 will be released on both current and last-gen consoles, as well as Battle.net and Steam for PC. Following in Modern Warfare 2’s footsteps, Warzone 2 will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.

Activision confirmed the news on June 8 as they look to provide a wide-reaching experience across both titles.

Will Warzone still exist after Warzone 2 releases?

Activision have confirmed that Warzone will continue to exist after Warzone 2 is released: “Warzone will continue as a separate experience that will include a continuation of player progression and inventories within that Warzone experience.”

For more details, check out our piece on what’s happening to Warzone after Warzone 2 releases.


For more on Modern Warfare 2, be sure to check out all of Modern Warfare 2’s pre-order bonuses, the beta rewards, and how to play the campaign early.

Image Credit: Activision / Infinity Ward