Call of Duty: Warzone 2, the assumed name of the sequel to Call of Duty: Warzone, was officially announced Friday–right alongside the next main entry in the series: Modern Warfare 2. The news initially broke on social media early this afternoon, primarily through streamers and other content creators, plus a small blog post from the development team.
Activision officially confirmed the information in a blog post. 2022’s new Call of Duty game will be the sequel to 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which reportedly sold 30 million copies.
These two new sequels have been “designed together from the ground up,” as Activision explained. Both games run on the same brand-new engine, with Infinity Ward leading development on Modern Warfare 2 and the Warzone sequel. Little is known about Warzone 2, but Activision said players can expect a “massive evolution” to the battle royale formula. This will include an “all-new playspace” and a new sandbox mode, neither of which were detailed in the post.
Activision has been teasing Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2, so this announcement is not exactly surprising. Activision management previously confirmed new Call of Duty titles were on the way after Call of Duty: Vanguard and the original Warzone didn’t hit its mark during the quarter.
YouTuber JackFrags has new information on both games as well. Warzone 2, or whatever it will be named, will have “significant innovations,” according to the report. No two matches should play the same, developers reportedly stated. Warzone 2 won’t be the “same old, same old,” as it’s been reported.
Developers told CharlieIntel that when Black Ops Cold War content came to Warzone, the battle royale game “didn’t feel like Modern Warfare anymore, but also didn’t feel like Black Ops either.” The developers want to ensure this doesn’t happen to the next Warzone.
What will happen to the original Warzone once the sequel launches is unknown.
Modern Warfare 2
According to CharlieIntel, Modern Warfare 2 will be released this fall. Studio director Pat Kelly said it should be obvious a sequel to the 2019 Call of Duty title would make sense, because it sold 30 million copies. Basically zero information is available for Modern Warfare 2, but it has been rumored to be focused on Colombian drug cartels.
All of this happens as Microsoft is pushing to acquire Activision Blizzard. Despite the buyout, Microsoft will keep releasing Call of Duty on PlayStation and may even bring the series to the Nintendo Switch.