Modern Warfare’s battle royale mode, rumored and leaked to be titled “Warzone,” has been all but confirmed by Infinity Ward. Here’s everything we know so far about the new mode coming to Chapter 2, including its supposed features and when it will be officially released.
The battle royale is coming back to Call of Duty. After debuting with Blackout in the previous installment, Black Ops IIII, the popular game mode was teased in the launch trailer for Season 2 of Modern Warfare.
At the tail end of the trailer, a group of players leap from a plane flying overhead a map, and parachute down; a less-than-subtle nod to an upcoming battle royale mode.
We call this place the Warzone
Numerous leaks point toward the new game mode being titled “Warzone.” After a redditor posted key art and a promotional image with the title Warzone clearly shown, a different leaker posted numerous in-game screenshots onto Twitter and confirmed the name.
After that, another redditor posted a screenshot of them somehow glitched into a lobby of the Classified and locked section of Modern Warfare’s game menu. At the top of the screen reads “Warzone.”
After all these leaks were posted, Activision started copyright striking the first-leaked promotional image across social media.
Expected and leaked features
The photos from the glitched lobby indicate that there will be an option to turn squad fill on or off. This means that players should be able to play solo against squads, but there’s no telling if there will be a solo or duos mode. So far Trios and four-man Squads have been leaked.
Those same photos also revealed a feature title drop kits. Drop kits are likely one of two things. Either a selection of starting equipment or perks players can choose from, similar to CS:GO’s Danger Zone battle royale mode, or a selection of drop cosmetics, such as in Fortnite or Apex Legends.
Leaked images on Twitter showcase a training area, in-game supply drops, and vehicles as features of Warzone.
Modern Warfare potentially might be taking a page out of Fortnite’s playbook, and are rumored to be releasing Warzone as a free-to-play standalone download.
This information comes from YouTuber and CoD leaker TheGamingRevoltuion, who leaked in-game screenshots on Twitter and verified the Warzone title. He says, in a now-deleted tweet, that he confirmed with the source who provided the Warzone name that the game would be free-to-play:
"Notice the branding: Call of Duty: Warzone. That's because it's free to play and will be available as a direct download if you haven't bought Modern Warfare. Just got confirmation that it's 100% free to play."
Potential missions and daily challenges
One member of the Modern Warfare community has leaked a huge list of potential missions and challenges for the battle royale mode.
The list includes around 100 different daily challenges, as well as nine missions that each have seven challenges, with the exception of the introductory mission "Bootcamp!" which has 12.
Expected release date?
Leaker and YouTuber TheGamingRevolution believes that the Warzone mode will release on February 18, exactly one week after Season 2 was released. TGR has provided plenty of information regarding the battle royale, including its name, and estimates that date based on the information he's acquired.
We will continue to update this article as new information regarding “Warzone” is revealed.