Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is fast approaching, scheduled to be released on November 16, 2022. The excitement surrounding the next installment of the highly-praised battle royale experience is at an all-time high, but many wonder what will happen to the current version of Warzone.
While we move to the next iteration of Warzone, it seems some major changes will occur in the current Warzone that many may not receive well. According to Activision and Call of Duty, the current version will still be playable, with the servers running flawlessly. The players will still be able to play the current version of Warzone.
Current Warzone will continue receiving quality-of-life updates and fixes as needed, despite Warzone 2 being the primary support focus. According to a reliable industry insider, Tom Henderson, the name will also be changed to Warzone: Caldera. While it is still not official, Warzone may lose more than just the name.
It looks like original Warzone will continue to receive updates/DLC.
Warzone will be renamed to "Warzone Caldera" on November 28th. pic.twitter.com/lA5M84RLS7
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) September 9, 2022
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Unfortunately, according to a reliable leaker TheGhostOfHope, Warzone will lose two of its most played maps following the launch of Warzone 2. TheGhostOfHope says that both Fortune's Keep and Rebirth Island will be removed from the current version of Warzone, leaving behind Caldera. This also makes sense for the new Warzone: Caldera name.
🚨 BIG NEWS FOR RESURGENCE MAINS 🚨
Rebirth Island AND Fortune's Keep will be REMOVED from Current Warzone following the release of Warzone 2.0. pic.twitter.com/kvuWOj4uiM
— Hope (@TheGhostOfHope) September 28, 2022
Both Rebirth Island and Fortune's Keep offer a fast-paced battle-royale experience at close range. You can expect a gunfight at every corner, making these two maps some of the most enjoyable maps. In fact, after the release of Caldera, many players switched to these smaller maps.
It is unclear whether the maps will return in Warzone 2 or not, but this move is likely a strategic decision on Activision's part to push more players to try out the new Al Mazrah map on Warzone 2. Even if they decide to bring Rebirth Island and some form of Fortune's Keep back, it will be several months after the release of Warzone 2 before it happens.
Following the showcase during the Call of Duty NEXT event, many players and content creators have raised some concerns about the upcoming Warzone 2. Many players have expressed their desire to continue playing the current version of Warzone rather than transitioning to the newer one.
The decision to remain on the current version of Warzone comes after witnessing numerous unsought changes showcased in the next iteration of Warzone during the Call of Duty NEXT event. Some of the highlights include the new looting system, the user interface, and the removal of the loadout system. The loadout system is what essentially sets the Warzone battle royale experience apart from the other BRs out there.
The community feedback was well-received by the folks over at Infinity Ward and Raven Software, as they will likely revert the changes to meet the player's expectations. In any case, the current Warzone will continue to run for the fans who prefer the old Warzone experience, while the new one will continue to flourish as we get more seasons and content.
We may not have much information about the removal of the two maps, but we will definitely learn more as we get closer to the release date of Warzone 2, which is scheduled to be November 16, 2022.