The Call of Duty’s franchise worst-kept secret is finally out of the bag, with DMZ being confirmed earlier today at Call of Duty Next. However, Activision still had some surprises for the community. It was revealed that DMZ will launch alongside Warzone 2, which releases on Nov. 16. This means that DMZ will be free-to-play, as Warzone 2 will be free as well. It’s assumed that players will simply access DMZ from the Warzone 2 launcher.
This is the first time that Activision has publicly recognized DMZ as its own mode. While it sounds like it will be more attached to Warzone 2 than people thought, DMZ is the first mode of its kind in the Call of Duty franchise. DMZ will be an extraction-type mode that will closely follow the gameplay loop made famous by Escape From Tarkov.
Engage at will ⚔️
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Players will load into a match, with their goal being to find loot across the map. The maps featured in DMZ will be locations across the Al Mazrah map from Warzone 2. Once players are on the map, they can try and find loot but also look for other players to eliminate. There will also be A.I. enemies that players can eliminate to gather even more loot.
However, the main goal in each match will be to extract from the map in one piece. If players are killed at any point throughout a match, they will lose all loot they had in their inventory. If they manage to extract successfully, though, they will retain all of the loot they gathered throughout the match. It’s a high-risk, high-reward kind of game mode that should be a fresh change of pace from Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2.
That’s all of the information we have on DMZ as of right now. Stay tuned to Upcomer for all Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 news.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.