Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare 2 details from COD Next

Activision hosted its latest Call of Duty presentation on Thursday, where the company revealed its upcoming plans for the series, including new details on: Modern Warfare 2and the free-to-play sequel to Battle Royale War Zone 2.0. One of the major announcements was the release date for: Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0which will be available on November 16 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC (via Battle.net and Steam), Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

To help you understand all the other announcements Activision made during the event, here are the big announcements from Call of Duty Next.

Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0

Al Mazrah map from Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0

Image: InfinityWard / Activision

War Zone 2.0 is a massive new sequel to Call of Duty’s hugely popular Battle Royale shooter. War Zone 2.0 will take place on an all-new map called Al Mazrah that combines desert battles with sprawling cities. In addition to dozens of new areas and landmarks to explore, Al Mazrah will also feature a new version of war zone‘s Gulag, where players must fight their way out in 2v2 matches. The new Gulag features a few new mechanics, such as a prowling guard and weapons scattered around the map.

The game also introduces a new twist on the Battle Royale formula with multiple circles across the map separating groups of players before finally bringing them all back together for a few climactic battles.

As with the original game, War Zone 2.0 also includes all weapons from Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, which will be released on October 26, and the two games will feature cross-progression. The game also features a new mode called DMZ which instructs players to enter the battlefield and then unpack with whatever they can.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer and Loadout 2.0

A player points a submachine gun at an opponent in a burning office building in a screenshot from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Image: Infinity Ward/Activivision

During the Next presentation, Infinity Ward revealed new information about: Modern Warfare 2‘s multiplayer mode, and how it differs from previous Call of Duty items.

One of the Modern Warfare 2Notable new features include the Loadout 2.0 system, which builds on Infinity Ward’s weapon customization from 2019 Modern Warfare by giving players more ways to customize their weapon, by grouping the arsenal according to their weapon platform. This system will also be part of War Zone 2.0giving players more options to customize their gear.

Modern Warfare 2 will also update Call of Duty’s multiplayer formula in several ways, with refined sprinting, swimming, and mantling. The game also includes some bigger additions such as third-party multiplayer playlists, the return of the cooperative Spec Ops mode, and AI players on certain oversized maps and modes.

Infinity Ward also mentioned a new mode called Raids, but didn’t elaborate on it during the presentation.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Beta

We already knew that Modern Warfare 2 had a beta along the way, but during Call of Duty Next, Infinity Ward let players know some features they could expect from the game’s brief testing period.

In addition to the game’s normal six-on-six mode, the beta will also include Ground War mode, where two teams of 32 players will compete against each other and take place in some of the War Zone 2.0the points of attention. The beta includes the Sarrif Bay Ground War map and three core multiplayer maps: Valderas Museum, Farm 18, and Mercado Las Almas.

The beta also includes some of Modern Warfare 2‘s new tactical modes like Knockout and Prisoner Rescue that give teams limited respawns. There is also a new mode called Invasion where teams of 32 players compete against each other in a deathmatch along with numerous AI fighters.

The Modern Warfare 2 beta will begin on September 16 for PlayStation players who have pre-ordered the game and will roll out later on other platforms including Xbox and PC on September 22.

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