Call of Duty: Warzone 2 release date rumours: upgrades and crossplay

The Call of Duty: Warzone 2 release date is rapidly approaching. Find out everything coming to the new battle royale experience later this year

Call of Duty Warzone 2 release date: two soldiers wearing night vision goggles as they prepare to enter a building

Want to know more about Call of Duty: Warzone 2 release date? In a special briefing earlier this year, Infinity Ward confirmed their hugely successful Call of Duty battle royale game is getting a sequel. Warzone 2 looks set to be built on a new engine, with an all-new playspace and a sandbox mode, resulting in a “massive evolution of Battle Royale”.

With Call of Duty Warzone Season 3 Reloaded in full swing and Activision Blizzard confirming the game reached over 100 million active players last year, Warzone 2 is undoubtedly one of the biggest upcoming games in some time. We finally know a lot more about Warzone 2 thanks to the recent reveal of Modern Warfare 2’s release date, including the host of engine upgrades coming to the FPS game. Sadly, we still don’t know when the Warzone 2 release date is.

We’ve put together this guide with everything we know about Warzone 2, including its rumoured release date, what the next Warzone map might look like, and much more.

Call of Duty: Warzone 2 release date speculation

Call of Duty Warzone 2 is scheduled to launch some time in 2022, according to a recent Call of Duty blog post announcing details about Modern Warfare 2.

Warzone 2 is set to be a clean slate, with Infinity Ward creating a brand new map and a new set of weaponry. Players won’t be able to bring anything from the old game into Warzone 2, including operators, weapons, and loadouts. The original Warzone will continue to be playable after the launch of Warzone 2, though there aren’t many details about this just yet.

Call of Duty Warzone 2 release date: five soldiers traveling towards a ship in a small boat at night

CALL OF DUTY 2.0 ENGINE Upgrades

In an effort to unify the Call of Duty games, all tech upgrades and story elements in Modern Warfare 2 are coming to Warzone 2 later this year, dubbed COD 2.0 by the devs. This includes improvements to the game’s AI mechanics to make NPCs’ actions more realistic. For example, NPCs in Warzone 2 will check their angles before pushing an area, just like a good human player. There aren’t many AI enemies on Caldera, but this could change on the new Warzone map.

Water has been drastically improved in Warzone 2, giving players the ability to dive underwater and shoot enemies using secondary weapons. The devs have struck a balance between gameplay and realism – shooting underwater isn’t actually possible in real life, but it’s an option in Call of Duty. Swimming has also been upgraded to give players a chance to survive if they find themselves in water.

The way players can interact with vehicles has been altered, opening up room for more exciting conflicts. Players can lean out of windows to aim their weapon, and this option is available to passengers and the driver. Vehicles won’t instantly explode when they take damage, instead bumpers, doors, and tires can be destroyed as they become blemished. Finally, Ricochet, the anti-cheat system introduced in Call of Duty: Vanguard, is going to be active from day one on both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.

Call of Duty: Warzone 2 map

Once again, Activision Blizzard has kept quiet in terms of big reveals on Warzone 2 so far. Apart from the mention that there will be a new Warzone 2 map in the special briefing, we haven’t heard anything outside of leaks from insiders.

Another well-known Call of Duty leaker, TheGhostofHope, said the Warzone 2 map will take heavy inspiration from Medellin, Colombia. The latest Warzone map usually ties in with the current Call of Duty game’s campaign, so this might give fans a sneak peak at what they can expect from Modern Warfare 2.

Call of Duty: Warzone 2 release date: a female soldier aiming down the sights of an assault rifle

Call of Duty: Warzone 2 crossplay

We haven’t had any official confirmation about Warzone 2’s crossplay functionality, but we can make some educated guesses based on the game’s confirmed platforms. Warzone 2 is going to launch this year on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Series X|S. The game uses the same engine as Modern Warfare 2, which is also going to launch on the last generation of consoles.

There’s been some concern from the Warzone community about the game supporting Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players. Unless Warzone 2 features separate playlists to divide last generation players, there’s going to be limits on how many players can join a server at one given time. The devs mentioned in a recent briefing that they’ve tested 100 human players alongside 300 AI opponents. This certainly wouldn’t be able to take place on last generation consoles.

We also know that a mobile version of Warzone is currently in development, though there’s no indication whether this is a standalone game, or if it’s going to be compatible with Warzone 2. The addition of mobile is clearly a focus for the developer as they’ve announced a call for programmers, artists, and producers to work on bringing Warzone to mobile gaming. There’s a chance mobile gamers could play alongside the existing player base, but this heavily depends on the engine Activision Blizzard decides to use.

In July 2021, the state of California filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard alleging years of workplace discrimination and harassment. The story has since embroiled CEO Bobby Kotick and prompted the US federal government to open an investigation. It continues to unfold and to be of immense importance to the game industry. You can catch up on all the developments so far in this regularly updated explainer article.

That’s everything we know about Call of Duty: Warzone 2 so far. While you wait for the sequel, you may want to check out our guides on the best Warzone guns, as well as the best Warzone loadout drops. Caldera may only stick around for the next few months until Warzone 2 launches, so appreciate your time with the map while it’s still there.

Additional contributions by Christian Vaz.

PCGamesN logo Free newsletter