Activision demonstrated "the future of Call of Duty" at a recent event. In addition to a new look at Modern Warfare II, there were the first concrete facts about the brand-new Warzone experience and its mobile version.
Warzone 2.0, the redesigned battle royale that will debut on consoles and computers on November 16, is billed as "the most ambitious release in Call of Duty ever." The map, set in a hypothetical desert location named Al Mazrah, will have new elements like several circles that form and force players to go in various directions, AI foes, and possibly a sandbox mode. The new Warzone was created on the same engine as Modern Warfare II.
The 120-player battle royale Warzone mobile version will debut in 2023, and Activision claims that it has been "designed for mobile devices" and will feature "mobile-specific events, playlists, and content." Despite this, there will be some crossover between the two Warzone games since "players can share various social elements and cross-progression enabling a shared battle pass and more for a connected Call of Duty experience."
On October 28, Modern Warfare II will launch the new Call of Duty era. After the game's official unveiling in June, Activision revealed further information on the multiplayer today. The new 3v3 mode called "raids," which the developer claims will "focus on team communication and coordination like never before" is arguably the most noticeable. The game will also have a third-person mode, which will change the perspective of those interested. Modern Warfare II's open beta begins on September 16 for PlayStation users and on September 22 for Xbox and PC users, meaning those who preordered the game will soon have the chance to try it out for themselves.
The timing of all of these releases for the Call of Duty series is peculiar, coming on the heels of Vanguard's underwhelming debut, a highly publicized spat between Microsoft and Sony, and Activision Blizzard's ongoing social and legal problems.