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Warzone 2’s Al Mazrah map completely reinvents the circle mechanic

Not only does Warzone 2 reinvent many of the original game’s mechanics, but is also reinvents how the circle behaves.

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The ever-closing circle is the battle royale genre’s defining feature, making sure players are constantly being brought closer together as more die out. Warzone 2 arrives on November 16, bringing major changes to the circle mechanic.

Warzone launched as part of Modern Warfare back in March 2020, and Modern Warfare 2 brings ‘Warzone 2.0‘ on November 16. This sequel will be an entirely new game featuring the brand-new Al Mazrah map, all of Modern Warfare’s weapons and Operators, and new mechanics such as the Gulag 2.0.

Whether it be a storm, a ring of gas, or a lethal forcefield, the ever-closing ring is a staple of the battle royale genre. Warzone 2 doesn’t just change the game’s looting and armor systems but there will actually be multiple circles closing on Al Mazrah.

Now, instead of the one massive circle that closes to an extremely small point over the course of the match, there will be several circles all closing at the same time. Infinity Ward said that these multiple circles will change the end-game scenarios.

Multiple circles on the WZ 2 map

“We’ve got this new mechanic where the circle can split into up to four different circles,” Infinity Ward revealed during CoD Next. “It segregates teams, and you have micro-battles in the smaller circles.”

The circles then merge as the game comes to an end, creating one final fight for the win. “It’s another twist in the gameplay,” Joe Cecot explained. “Another cool twist.

We’ll get a much better idea of what these circles will look like once content creators drop into Warzone 2 for the very first time later in the Call of Duty Next event, fighting it out to be the last squad standing.

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