There’s no doubt that Call of Duty is one of the most popular and successful game franchises ever to be created. The series has a cult following and there are so many spin-off games that it’s near-impossible for a new player to know where to start. COD has amassed an enthusiastic fan base over its’ lifespan and, after the last few releases were met with huge amounts of praise, gamers across the globe are clamouring to learn more about Call of Duty: Warzone 2.
What Can We Expect?
Warzone 2 is the sequel to the successful (if you ignore all of the glitches) Battle Royale, so we can likely expect a few recurring characters and storylines throughout the game.
While the developers have kept their lips sealed, leakers have been racing to release the latest rumours. If the leaks are to be believed then Warzone 2 is set to see one of the biggest new feature lists in recent COD history. Prominent leakers NerosCinema outlined 11 new features coming to Warzone 2, all of which have been corroborated by other leakers. A new interrogation feature will allow players to talk fallen enemies into revealing the location of their teammates. There’s also going to be more armour and a bag system among other new features. One thing that older Call of Duty fans will remember are Pro Perks which are set to return in Warzone 2 after a long hiatus. Players will gain Pro Perks by looting strongholds as well as a few other methods.
Where will The Game Be Set?
This is possibly one of the most interesting discussions, as a lot of players assumed the latest instalment would take place in Verdansk or Caldera, but according to leaks, this isn’t going to be the case- at least not at the beginning of the game anyway.
Several rumours have surfaced, suggesting that a new map is being tested for Warzone 2. It’s not a totally new map though, as rumours have said it’s the High Rise map from Modern Warfare 2. The new map is rumoured to be totally separate from Verdansk and Calderam but both of the maps are set to make their way into the game eventually. The maps in Warzone 2 are also said to take a lot of inspiration from the city of Medellin in Colombia – this is an unconfirmed rumour for now, but other leaks have said that Warzone 2 will take place during a Colombian drug cartel war, so the leak makes sense.
Warzone 2 will also see the return of the firing ranges seen in Advanced Warfare, but with a few improvements. The range allows you to test weapons, but this time you’ll be given more information, like numbers telling you how powerful each weapon is.
What Do The Fans Think?
Fans of Warzone have a wish list for the popular game’s sequel as long as this list of the best online casinos with many of them wanting new features and a return of features that have long been removed.
One of the major issues that plagued previous releases were bugs and glitches that were so bad that they made the game unplayable in parts. It’s one of the issues that people are paying a lot of attention to. So far opinions on the new release are mixed.
Inverse said that “Warzone 2 is exactly what Call of Duty needs, but it may come too late”. Referring to the rumours of workplace misconduct and employee unionisation that left Activision’s reputation in tatters, alongside the original Warzone game that was released in 2022 with a boat load of glaring errors, the online gaming magazine questioned if this would be enough to distract people from the issues in-house.
Meanwhile, Game Rant writer Alyssa Mercante said that the glitches in Warzone actually have her looking forward to the sequel as it offers a chance for the developers to prove that they can do better after even they admitted that it was a disappointing release.
If the Call of Duty franchise wants to keep customers and players happy then they need to be confident that they have everything right with this release. They appear to have listed and ironed out any glitches, but the test will be when players get their hands on the game and start to put it through its paces.
There’s a lot of mixed emotion between both Warzone 2 and Activision-Blizzard surrounding this release. The almost unplayable state of Warzone has left some fans threatening to boycott this release, while others have said it’s made them look forward to it more. Add to that the fractured state of the company at the moment and this could be a messy launch.
The Future of Gaming
One thing for sure is that the gaming community is stronger than ever, which means that gaming companies and developers should be listening to them. Tapping into forums where games are discussed and people talk about what they love/hate about releases is such a great way for gaming companies to get much-needed customer feedback. The truth is that games are constantly up against it in terms of technology and how quickly they are able to keep up with the latest technology that is out there. What the future for games such as Call of Duty holds is hard to say for certain – although there are definitely industry professionals that will have you believe that there isn’t a future for gaming without Metaverse capabilities. The virtual world of Metaverse is certainly being scoped as the next big thing and alongside VR technology could make warzone games like Call of Duty a really interesting, much more immersive experience. However, whether that will happen and what gaming will look like in 10 years is something that we’ll all just have to wait and see. For now, though, Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is here and fans are excited to see exactly what the battle royale game will bring to the table.