Activision held its final Call of Duty presentation on Thursday, where the company unveiled its upcoming series, including further information on Modern Warfare 2, and the free-to-play battle royale sequel Warzone 2.0. Among the most important announcements was the release date for Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0, which will be available on November 16 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
Here are some highlights from Call of Duty Next to help you sort through all the other surprises that Activision made during the event.
Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0
The sequel to Call of Duty's iconic battle royale shooter Warzone 2.0 will be set on an entirely new map called Al Mazrah, which includes desert battles and sprawling cities. Along with dozens of new areas and points of interest to explore, Al Mazrah will also include a new version of Warzones Gulag, which will require players to fight their way out in 2v2 matches.
With multiple circles across the map, the game adds a new twist to the battle royale formula, which will separate players into groups before returning them for a few brief battles.
Warzone 2.0 will include all of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which will be released on October 26, and the two games will feature cross-progression. Players will also be challenged with entering the battlefield, then extracting whatever gear they can.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer and Loadout 2.0
During the Next presentation, Infinity Ward shared new information about Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer mode and how it differs from previous Call of Duty titles.
The Loadout 2.0 system, which builds on Infinity Wards weapon customization from 2019's Modern Warfare, will also be included in Warzone 2.0, giving players more options for customization.
Modern Warfare 2 will improve the Call of Dutys multiplayer formula in a variety of ways, including refined sprinting, swimming, and mantling. It will also include some new features, like the return of the cooperative Spec Ops mode, and AI players on extra-large maps and modes.
During the presentation, Infinity Ward mentioned a new mode called Raids, but did not go into much detail on it.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta
Modern Warfare 2 was already in the works, but during Call of Duty Next, Infinity Ward let players know some of the games' most limited testing periods.
The beta will also include the ground war mode, which will pit two teams of 32 players against each other in a game that is connected to several Warzone 2.0 locations. Three core multiplayer maps include the Valderas Museum, Farm 18, and Mercado Las Almas.
Modern Warfare 2's new tactical modes like Knockout and Prisoner rescue will be included in the beta, as well as a new mode called Invasion, in which 32-player teams compete against one other in a deathmatch.
The Modern Warfare 2 beta for PlayStation users who pre-ordered the game will be available on other platforms later on, including Xbox and PC on September 22.