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Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 Announced for PC, Current and Next-Gen Systems, Coming 2022

"The new, free-to-play battle royale Warzone also features the same technology powering Modern Warfare II."
"The new, free-to-play battle royale Warzone also features the same technology powering Modern Warfare II." / Image courtesy of Activision

Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 will release soon after Modern Warfare II later this year, serving as an extension of the MW2 universe with new technology, features, gameplay, progression, inventories and more, Activision announced Wednesday.

After initially confirming in February that a "new Warzone experience" was being developed in tandem with MW2 "from the ground-up" by Infinity Ward, Activision has now officially announced Warzone 2.0.

Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 Announced for PC, Current and Next-Gen Systems, Coming 2022

"October 28 marks a new beginning for Call of Duty," Activision's announcement blog post reads, "starting with the release of Modern Warfare II. Soon after, a wholly new Warzone will launch as an extension of the Modern Warfare II universe. With it comes new technology, new features and new gameplay that work seamlessly together."

Citing that the Call of Duty development team has taken a "wide range of community feedback to heart," the announcement goes on to mention that "in order to fully deliver this state-of-the-art experience," the original Warzone game will continue as a separate experience that will include a continuation of player progression and inventories within itself.

Additionally, beginning with Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0, all Call of Duty titles moving forward will use the engine that first debuted with Modern Warfare (2019), meaning the gameplay mechanics should feel "seamless" and consistent for all series titles moving forward regardless of which studio is leading the development charge (e.g. Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games).

Lastly, Activision confirmed that, contrary to previous leaks, Warzone 2.0 will indeed be coming to the same platforms as MW2, including PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Ultimately, it will be interesting to see how that pans out considering Raven Software has openly discussed the limitations of current-gen consoles impacting its ongoing development for the original Warzone (e.g. lack of FOV Slider, ranked mode, map rotation).

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