Activision is reportedly working on Warzone 2

According to the rumors, the Warzone sequel will be built specifically for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X.

Call of Duty is Activision's bread and butter. The gaming giant has milked its flagship shooter for the better part of the past two decades. However, the franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, especially following the release of Call of Duty: Warzone in 2020. Since its release, Activision has created an ecosystem of sorts revolving around Warzone, with subsequent paid Call of Duty games acting as supplemental material.

A 2023 release date for Warzone 2 suggests that Activision believes that the chip shortage will end by then.

Because of Warzone's success, it was only natural for Activision to continue supporting the game for as long as possible. Now, it appears that Activision plans on releasing a Warzone sequel within the next few years.

After Microsoft acquired Activision, questions immediately arose about the future of Call of Duty. In particular, if Microsoft will continue releasing a new Call of Duty game every year and if Microsoft will stop releasing Call of Duty games on PlayStation consoles. So far, Phil Spencer has clarified the situation of the latter. Specifically, the Xbox head noted that he wants to "keep Call of Duty on PlayStation". But, a new report provides more insight into what this means.

According to Bloomberg, at least three more Call of Duty games will be available on the PlayStation platform in the next few years. The report notes that one of these games will be a sequel to Call of Duty: Warzone for the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X. Tom Henderson later backed up Bloomberg's claims, saying that the sequel will be a "completely new game for the better hardware."

Warzone hasn't exactly shown signs of aging yet, and it will probably be a while until that happens. Warzone is using the same IW 8.0 engine that powered 2019's Modern Warfare and last year's Vanguard. Although a Warzone sequel would benefit from the revamped hardware of the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, making it next-gen exclusive would alienate a sizable chunk of the game's massive player base.

We doubt that Warzone 2 will be released until Sony and Microsoft can address the current shortage of the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X.

Then again, Microsoft nor Activision Blizzard hasn't confirmed that Warzone 2 exists. As we always say, take everything that you just read with a grain of salt.

In other news, Activision just issued an apology for the sorry state of Warzone. The statement comes several months after player complaints about server issues and game-breaking bugs fell on deaf ears. It remains to be seen if Activision can fix Warzone and make it playable for most players before everyone jumps ship.

Aron Gerencser
Gaming at least as long as he's been walking, Aron is a fan of all things sci-fi and lover of RPGs. Having written about games for years, he's right at home reporting most of the breaking news in the industry and covering the happenings of the e-sports world. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014. When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram.
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