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One of the most well-received additions to the Call of Duty franchise in the past few years has been the DMZ game mode. Available to both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 players, DMZ is an extraction-based game mode that follows a similar gameplay loop to something like Escape from Tarkov. Players drop into a match carrying weapons they’ve acquired in previous matches and they have a goal of completing missions, looting, and eliminating other players.

While all DMZ players know this gameplay loop by now, many don’t know what DMZ actually stands for in Modern Warfare 2.

Like many other terms in a military-simulation shooter, DMZ is a real-world term that is used by countries all over the world. Call of Duty didn’t create the term and it’s been used in previous games many times before. So, what is the meaning behind the name.

What does DMZ stand for?

DMZ stands for “demilitarized zone,” which is a drawn-out way of saying that a particular area is designated as non-combat. This means that no combat is supposed to be taking place in the area. Usually, these areas are agreed upon by the different sides who are at war or in a conflict.

Of course, in Call of Duty, DMZ is meant to see as much combat as the player wants. However, players are actively trespassing, breaking into houses, and carrying weapons, so it makes sense why so much combat takes place in DMZ.

Given the success of DMZ this year in MW2 and Warzone 2, it won’t be surprising to see Activision continue to support it beyond 2023. This is great news for fans of the game mode, and it’s even better that players now know what the term DMZ stands for.

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