Activision has confirmed that a new Warzone is being “built from the ground up” and will be revealed later this year.
The news comes from the publisher’s Q1 financials and it certainly sounds like rumored Warzone 2 rather than a Warzone expansion or redesign.
Activision says it’s being created alongside Modern Warfare 2, which would be set in the drug war against the Colombian cartels. Given that Warzone currently features the arsenals of several Call of Duty games from different eras, it’s easy to expect more crossover with the latest Modern Warfare.
The new Warzone will continue its free-to-play model, which will certainly keep it competitive against other heavyweights like Apex Legends and Fortnite. What’s still unclear is what future awaits the original Warzone if a sequel supplants it.
As VGC reported last year, it’s possible Warzone 2 will get its own full-size map when it launches, in a similar vein to Verdansk.
Some of the other leak rumors surrounding Modern Warfare 2 have suggested a new game mode like Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone. It’s entirely possible that this PVP/PVE mix is more for Warzone 2, which would seem to be a bit different from Warzone’s running and shooting style.
Regardless of how its future approaches, Warzone is going to get a monster-sized overhaul later this year.