Warzone 2 Season 2 early patch notes: 1v1 Gulag, customizable perks, looting changes

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Warzone 2 Season 2 is on the horizon, and while the major update has been delayed, we’ve got an early look ahead at everything set to arrive as part of the next content drop. From a new Resurgence map to additional weapons and more, here’s all there is to know.

Based on community feedback, the Warzone 2 developers promised wide-sweeping changes coming to the battle royale in Season 2.

With everything from a Resurgence-style map to customizable perks, 1v1 Gulag matches, and looting changes, there is plenty to be excited about as a Warzone 2 fan. Activision released a massive blog post on January 25, summarizing “some of” the changes coming in Season 2.

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So before the next content drop arrives, be sure to brush up on all there is to know thus far about Warzone 2 Season 2.

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Warzone 2’s second season is just around the corner.

Warzone 2 Season 2 release date

Warzone 2 Season 2 is officially set to launch on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. While the update was originally targeting a release on February 1, Activision announced a delay and a pivot to the new date of February 15. This means Season 1 is extended for another two weeks.

Typically, new updates go live at around 10AM PT, so fans should expect the same here with Season 2 when the date arrives.

New Resurgence map arriving in Warzone 2 Season 2

Following on from early leaks, as initial reports claimed a smaller battle royale map was set to arrive as part of the Season 2 update, Activision has since confirmed as much. It’s now official that a Resurgence-style map will indeed be arriving as part of Warzone 2 Season 2.

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Rumors point towards Vanguard’s Castle map being included on the new Resurgence map.

Exactly where the map will be set, and its exact release date, all remain up in the air for now. As usual, there’s a chance this potential map arrives at the very beginning of the season, or halfway through as part of the mid-season Reloaded update. We’ll be sure to keep you posted here as further details emerge.

Gulag & looting system changes in Warzone 2 Season 2

Warzone 2 changed the classic Gulag from 1v1 to 2v2 in some ways to push the new proximity chat feature. Gulag participants could use proximity chat to strategize with their random teammates or cooperate with the enemy team to take out the Jailer and respawn all four players. Community members slammed teaming with random players and demanded Warzone 1’s Gulag back.

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On January 19, Raven Software announced, “1v1’s are back in Battle Royale.”

On the official blog, the developers said they are working on creating a dedicated 1v1 map for future seasons but edited the existing map to suit 1v1 combat better. The Warzone 1 domination style overtime also replaces the Jailer.

The Gulag weapon pool is being updated to include ARs, SMGs, and LMGs as the circles progresses and removed shotguns. This will make it easier for players to jump back into a match with weapons from the Gulag. Winning a gulag match also grants a larger cash reward, and cash spawns of the floor.

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Explosive-style looting returns to Warzone 2 in Season 2. Instead of players needing to search through chests and opponents’ backpacks to find loot, Raven Software decided to bring back Warzone 1’s system.

Raven Software announced, “player eliminations and all loot containers will now pop floating loot out onto the floor.

The developers decided to remove medium and large backpacks from the game, and every player will have the same backpack throughout an entire match in an effort to cut down on players stacking quick revives and killstreaks.

Cash & buy station price changes in Season 2

Warzone 2 players have voiced concerns over steep loadout prices and struggling to find lootable cash.

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Raven Software announced, “There’s now more lootable cash available in Battle Royale, and prices are getting balanced to give you more bang for your buck.”

Limited cash makes it difficult to buy back teammates or purchase valuable items from buy stations. Completing contracts always provides a viable option to make a quick buck, but looting enemy bodies is the only reliable option in the later stages of the match.

Activision increased the lowest value of cash piles from ground loot to $800 and from cash registers to $500. The cost of primary weapons and loadout drop grenades at buy stations is also being reduced, but the developers did not specify a new price.

Customizable Perk Packages

Players will finally be able to edit their own Warzone 2 Perks in Season 2. In the blog post, Activision announced, “this feature will launch with a slightly reduced pool of available Perks.”

The developers plan on slowly reintroducing perks over time with game balance in mind.

Quality of life improvements in Season 2

Warzone Season 2 is finally adding back the ability to queue for another match immediately. The issue has been listed on the developer Trello Board since November 16, and the feature is now confirmed for Season 2.

Season 2 removes varying sizes of vests, and now all players start with a 3-plate vest. Community members have complained about the game’s fast TTK, and the developers stated, “this standardization will bring a more reliable feel to each engagement from the get-go.

Community members have also raised concerns over the battle royale’s slower movement. Activision responded by allowing players to bust through doors while plating. Instead of buy stations spawning randomly across Al Mazrah, Season 2 introduces static spawn points, and loadout grenades will have an unlimited supply.

Audio has always been a contentious issue in Warzone, and the developers identified an audio occlusion in Warzone 2. Enemies were unintentionally harder to hear because of small objects blocking sound. The developers said the issue will be addressed in Season 2 and the team will provide more updates about audio in the future.

Leaked Warzone 2 Season 2 weapons

As for new equipment launching in the second season across both Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2, it appears two additions are on track for the update. Various datamined files following the Season 1 Reloaded patch point towards the inclusion of the Crossbow and the Vepr-12 Shotgun in Season 2.

Obviously, the Crossbow has been a staple across a wide variety of CoD titles in previous years, though the Vepr-12 is seemingly a brand new Shotgun for the franchise.

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The Crossbow is already available through Modern Warfare 2’s campaign, so its arrival in multiplayer only makes sense.

While that’s all we know for the time being, we’ll be sure to update you here with all the latest information as new details emerge on Warzone 2 Season 2.