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We finally know when Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 launches

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Activision has been stingy with details about the standalone sequel to Call of Duty: Warzone, but we finally got some concrete details today during the Call of Duty Next event. It's called Warzone 2.0, and it's coming out very soon after Modern Warfare 2.

During today's CoD Next stream, Infinity Ward said Warzone 2.0 will release alongside Modern Warfare 2's Season 1 content. We know that Season 1 is coming on November 16, so it's a solid bet that's when Warzone 2.0 is coming as well. 

This release format is very similar to how Activision launched the first Warzone back in 2020. The free-to-play battle royale began life as a mysterious new mode added to Modern Warfare 2019 until it got so popular that it basically took over (opens in new tab) the entire Call of Duty ecosystem.

When Warzone 2.0 comes out, it'll have some big changes. First is the Al Mazrah map, which is the biggest Warzone has seen yet. In battle royale, there will no longer just be one circle. Multiple play regions will exist on the map that will eventually combine into a single final circle.

Al Mazrah Warzone 2.0

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Warzone 2.0 will also have a new mode called DMZ (opens in new tab), Call of Duty's take on the extraction shooter genre currently dominated by Hunt: Showdown and Escape From Tarkov.

Read more about Infinity Ward's plans for the Modern Warfare 2 beta, which goes live tomorrow on PlayStation before arriving on PC a week later on Sept 22.

Morgan Park
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Morgan has been writing for PC Gamer since 2018, first as a freelancer and currently as a staff writer. He has also appeared on Polygon, Kotaku, Fanbyte, and PCGamesN. Before freelancing, he spent most of high school and all of college writing at small gaming sites that didn't pay him. He's very happy to have a real job now. Morgan is a beat writer following the latest and greatest shooters and the communities that play them. He also writes general news, reviews, features, the occasional guide, and bad jokes in Slack. Twist his arm, and he'll even write about a boring strategy game. Please don't, though.