Call of Duty

Warzone 2 Leak Apparently Reveals Release Window, Major Gameplay Changes

A new leak suggests that Warzone 2 is set to be a "clean slate," releasing with a new map Holiday 2022.
A new leak suggests that Warzone 2 is set to be a "clean slate," releasing with a new map Holiday 2022. / Image courtesy of Activision

The Warzone 2 leak trail continues to intensify it seems as Tweets from a prominent Call of Duty insider suggest that Warzone 2 is set to be a "clean slate," releasing with a new map Holiday 2022.

While on Wednesday, it was seemingly first revealed that a new Call of Duty: Warzone sequel has been planned for a 2023 release, exclusively for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, it appears there was plenty of more information where that came from.

"It’s [Infinity Ward’s] Warzone map that is set to be a 'clean slate' for Warzone and was scheduled to release in Holiday 22," Tom Henderson said on Twitter. "'Clean slate' means starting again, scrapping everything like weapons, operators, etc."

In a follow-up Tweet, Henderson acknowledged that this Holiday 2022 release window was seemingly the plan six weeks ago, so the recently reported 2023 target is likely an indication that "things are being shaken up."

Lastly, Henderson shared that from "past reports and speaking to journalists," this move to make Warzone 2 a separate game from the original Warzone does contradict "what we've all heard previously about 'Warzone being Warzone,'" but that it was viewed as the best way to "finally move over to current-gen hardware in the best way possible."

Ultimately, it's no surprise that with Infinity Ward on deck to release the next mainline game in the Call of Duty series — a rumored Modern Warfare 2 reboot — they would do something huge with Warzone considering it started with them in 2019/2020.

However, going beyond simply replacing Caldera with a new flagship map and releasing a completely new next-gen "expansion" is something most in the COD community likely would have never guessed to happen so soon — just like the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal.