Call of Duty Warzone 2 is rolling out some major changes in battle royale circles.
While the original Warzone followed the standard battle royale formula – in which players are corralled into an ever-shrinking area, forcing them to huddle together – Warzone 2 is taking a different approach. As revealed during Call of Duty Next, players will not only be funneled into a single circle, but into multiple areas that will eventually merge.
“The circle has been a staple of Battle Royales, it’s very hard to walk away from it,” said game director Jack O’Hara, “so we talked about ‘What could we do to mix things up?’”
“We have this new mechanic where the circle can actually split, almost like a cell splits, into two, three or even four circles, and then those circles close. What it does is segregate teams and you have these micro-battles in those circles. At a certain point, these circles merge.”
Directed and deadly
It is not just a superficial change. While players are initially split between the circles, the moment they come together will be a climactic final battle.
“At a certain point, you’re like, ‘Okay, we’ve cleared our circle, we think we’re fine.’ So those circles merge, they come back together and you have this very focused fight,” O’Hara said.
“You’re gearing up in buildings, thinking, ‘Here we go, you’re about to gain confidence.’ Once those circles hit, you have the final fight. It’s another gameplay twist that we felt was a cool world event that would happen.”
You won’t have to wait long to experience this for yourself. Warzone 2 release date is coming. We’ve already had a good look at the new battle royale map, which makes effective use of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s improved water firefight.