Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is due out later this year, making it the second Infinity Ward-developed game in the shooter series to release in 2022 alongside the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. While official details on the game haven’t been revealed so far, a recent round of leaks may have shed light on interesting details regarding some of its mechanics and its maps.
A recent leak revealed that Call of Duty: Warzone 2 (or whatever it will be officially called) will tie loadouts to a new Strongholds feature, and now, a report published by known insider Tom Henderson on Exputer has elaborated on that. Warzone 2’s map will allegedly have about 25-30 Strongholds scattered everywhere, though these will come in different tiers, with 20-25 being small Strongholds, and three big Strongholds being placed throughout the map.
According to the report, each Stronghold will have a loadout within, and will not only be guarded by AI soldiers, but will also task players with completing a variety of objectives tied to them. Upon completion of a Stronghold, players will get that specific loadout, and the harder the Stronghold is, the better the loadout will be. Interestingly, Strongholds are apparently being designed to make each match more dynamic, and once a Stronghold has been completed, it will become inaccessible to everyone else, forcing players to move on and seek better loadouts in other areas.
Beyond that, Henderson’s report also reveals potential new details on Warzone 2’s map. The battle royale follow-up is said to feature a new map that will smush together locations from across the Call of Duty series, and several of these from the original Modern Warfare 2 have been mentioned by Henderson.
Highrise will allegedly will allegedly be found in the top-right section of the map, under the POI (point of interest) name Modern City. Like the original map, it will feature plenty of tall buildings and skyscrapers, which will also be reminiscent of the original Verdansk map in Call of Duty: Warzone.
Modern Warfare 2’s Quarry, meanwhile, will apparently be located in the top-left section, under the POI name Quarry. Then there’s Terminal, located in the bottom-right under the POI name Airport, which will also house one of the three large Strongholds. Meanwhile, Afgan, under the POI name Caves, will be located near the middle of the map.
According to Henderson, POI names haven’t been finalized, so there’s a chance that some of these end up getting changed. Meanwhile, other POI names could also be referring to Modern Warfare 2 maps being recreated, such as Mountain Town in the middle of the map, which could be Favela.
Finally, Henderson also brings up DMZ, the rumoured PvPvE objective- and extraction-based game mode in the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. In line with previous leaks, Henderson states DMZ will use the same map that’s used in Warzone 2, though it will revolve around a completely different gameplay loop.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is expected to be revealed in June, while Activision has said that Warzone 2 will also be unveiled later this year, so we should have concrete details on both games soon enough. Until then, stay tuned for any and all updates.