Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone Season 2 Roadmaps Revealed
Following a two-week delay, Activision has fully revealed the Season 2 roadmap for both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and its free-to-play companion game, Warzone 2.0.
The extensive list of updates includes new maps for both games, the return of popular modes, and even a new watercraft vehicle. More importantly, it will add ranked play to multiplayer in Modern Warfare 2, which will offer “plenty of rewards and bragging rights.”
Season 2 is currently slated to launch for both games on February 15 at 9am PT.
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🌊 Resurgence is back on Ashika Island
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In a blog post detailing the updates, Activision laid out the changes while revealing Warzone’s new Japanese-themed Ashika Island map. Here’s the official description.
Developed by High Moon Studios, Ashika Island is a centuries-old village currently under siege by Shadow Company forces. After dropping in through the mist, Operators can navigate an ancient shipwreck and ruins, modern apartments and town center, a sprawling beach club, a bustling port, an organic farm, or the fortified castle that looms over the entire island. They may even discover plenty of rooftop pathways or the underground waterway networks that can be used for stealthier maneuvers.
The island is suited for Resurgence Mode, Activision says — a variant on the traditional battle royale formula built around respawns and smaller maps.
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Other additions include:
- Two core maps and two battle maps in Modern Warfare 2. Dome (6v6) and Museum (6v6) will be the staple maps for the entirety of Season 2.
- A “half-dozen modes” including Hardcore Mode, which is considered a series staple.
- Episode 2 of Raid, which serves as a continuation of the Modern Warfare 2 campaign.
Originally released last year, Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 both proved popular but also generated lengthy wishlists from fans. The long-awaited Season 2 update was subsequently delayed due to the desire to address “player feedback.”
In our review of Warzone 2 we wrote, “Building on the already rock-solid foundation of the original Warzone, Warzone 2.0 is a positive update to Call of Duty’s battle royale mode, even with few drawbacks of its own.”
Elsewhere, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) released its initial findings on the Activision Blizzard merger earlier today, with the CMA arguing that the deal would ultimately hurt gamers. Nevertheless, Xbox’s Phil Spencer says he remains confident the deal will ultimately go through.
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