Call of Duty has just released a massive livestream, boasting a variety of updates for the series’ biggest titles, in addition to the news on the future of the franchise. The showcase featured Modern Warfare II, Warzone 2.0, and Warzone Mobile.
You can review the entire livestream on Call of Duty’s official YouTube channel here, including key creatives behind the franchise and some of the biggest streamers:
Modern Warfare II Multiplayer
The first big reveal of the live event was a world premiere of the Modern Warfare II multiplayer overview. It was mostly cinematic, but still revealed a variety of locations, gear, and a plot involving worldwide terrorist cells. It teased battles on the US border, 3rd-person mode, and prisoner extraction.
The equipment highlights include drill charges, drone explosives, inflatable mines, DDOS breaching, heartbeat sensors and throwable surveillance cameras. There will also be improved movement and new tactics thanks to ledge-hanging, peeking, and diving.
There were also hints for Gunsmith 2.0, showing off unique barrels, underbarrels, optics and receivers. The new Gunsmith will allow players to unlock universal/shared attachments, creating stunning levels of customization.
Battle Maps: Sarrif Bay, Mercado Las Almas
Sarrif Bay includes a lot of new water-based combat, in addition to the traditional urban areas that inspire more parkour. The new emphasis on water will introduce boat chases, swimming, and different effects on various equipment underwater.
Mercado Las Almas is a street market in Mexico, which is expected to play more quickly, and will support 6v6 matches.
Game Modes: Invasion, Prisoner Rescue, Special Ops
Invasion features a large, ground-war deathmatch between two teams of 20 that each have 20 AI support players. Prisoner Rescue is a round-based mode where players compete over controlling or rescuing hostages, with no respawns allowed. Special Ops will focus on two-player, asymmetrical missions, incorporating themes from missions like Overwatch.
Warzone 2.0 launches on November 16th. It’ll connect more strongly across the franchise, including shared weaponry, mechanics, and even locations. For example, Warzone will also feature Sarrif Bay, confirming our leak from earlier today. The official livestream also confirmed the map’s name, Al Mazrah, and key points of interest we revealed.
The new map is the largest BR map in Call of Duty history, featuring points of interest that each have more unique advantages this time around. There will also be a surprising number of easter eggs.
Vehicles will feel more distinguishable and realistic now, including destructible tires and reactive weights. They can also transport entire teams across the map.
New and Updated Features
Warzone 2.0 will add proximity chat, the Gulag returns, and looting will be more reliable because locations will dictate logical corresponding supplies. The closing circle has evolved into a new dividing mechanics, where it splits into different locations and rejoins in the late game.
Strong Holds are reinforced buildings filled with AI, and players can attack them to acquire free loadout items. These also give players leads to black sites with even more special loot.
DMZ Mode Confirmed
DMZ, the highly anticipated extraction mode, will arrive with Warzone 2.0’s launch. It’ll offer a sandbox experience with different win conditions and challenging AI, playing across the whole map. You can choose specific missions, complete activities, explore, and attack other players or avoid them at will.
Alpha footage shows off the genuine Warzone experience with Verdansk on mobile. A special attention was paid to physics, feedback and controls to maintain a smooth and authentic experience.
There will be contracts for a complex economy, brutal finishing moves, killstreaks, and the return of the 1v1 Gulag. Up to 120 players can join a live match thanks to shared technology with the core game. This is truly unprecedented for any mobile title, and definitely looks promising, assuming it functions properly.
Warzone Mobile will also support cross-progression, alongside Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare II, although it will still have exclusive features. Call of Duty has comprehensively regrouped for a clear, unified experience.
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