Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 has finally been revealed and is ready to shake things up as promised.
Today’s Call of Duty Next dove into Modern Warfare 2, Warzone 2, and Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile. We’ve been treated to a new trailer for the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer reveal, and the news that Call of Duty is getting a third-person mode when Modern Warfare 2 launches later this year. And battle royale fans will be particularly excited about the Warzone 2.0 map reveal.
The map was first leaked in May with an updated version leaked ahead of the Call of Duty Next live stream. And now we have the official thing right in front of us, with confirmation that it’s called Al Mazrah, as we’ve heard. Take a look:
Warzone 2.0 map
The Warzone 2.0 map has been in development since 2020 and is a product of the studio’s philosophies and new technologies. Described as an “interesting mix of geography”, Al Mazrah is set in the desert but features “a mix of industrial areas, towns, a city and of course water”, with lots of “cool elevation”. There are caves to explore, underground spaces and it’s huge to boot. In fact, it’s the biggest Call of Duty Battle Royale map made to date.
It looks incredibly varied and even has a water system so you can swim between some POIs on the map. All multiplayer elements present in Modern Warfare will be in Warzone 2.0 thanks to the integration between the two games.
A big change coming to Warzone 2.0, aside from the oversized map, are the circles. Instead of a giant circle that shrinks into an ever-smaller play area, there will be multiple circles that separate and coalesce, making way for a lot of chaos.
Warzone 2.0 vehicles
Of course, there are also vehicles for touring; boats, tanks, helicopters – you name it. They all have their own physics and handling, which makes the gameplay interesting:
“Some vehicles are heavier, some slide more, have more traction or less traction, and as you drive them and find them and other squads play with them, you can choose to take the tires off for type of handling impact, you can have them – they react to explosive differently based on their weight.
“So if you’re in a heavy armored 4×4 and it gets hit by an RPG, it will bounce a little bit, but it won’t take the impact like a small sedan. You can also choose, with your squad, to be rolling into a POI and someone jump on the roof, someone leans out of the window and suddenly you have a lot of firepower driving to the POI.
“Of course, this vehicle needs to survive for some time on the map… if you want to keep using it to get from one point to another. And the vehicles will run out of gas – or at least most of them – will run out of gas. then you can bring them to a gas station to fill them up.”
You can also get your tires repaired at gas stations if they get damaged.
The release date for Warzone 2.0 has also been announced. It is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, November 16th. That’s just a few weeks after Modern Warfare 2’s release date of Friday, October 28th.
Wednesday is a little weird day for a new game release. But Warzone is a live service game with updates being released – you guessed it – a Wednesday. So we will likely see a dramatic in-game event to usher in that. While there’s no transition between Warzone and Warzone 2.0, it could be that the developers are keeping sequel updates for Wednesday to make everyone’s work life a little easier.