Call of Duty finally confirms ‘half-baked’ DMZ approach for MW3
Even though it's still in its Beta infancy, DMZ appears to be a tree trying to grow in a shadow.
The Call of Duty extraction game mode was first introduced this time last year, and while it was originally an exceptional new concept, it fell short of encapsulating what a real looter shooter should feel like and instead grew tiresome quite quickly.
Now, the future of the game mode is in complete limbo, as Call of Duty has opened up about how DMZ will work going forward.
Call of Duty pledges to keep DMZ on life-support
Since the announcement that an open-world Zombies experience will be coming in Modern Warfare 3 as the third mode alongside multiplayer and campaign, the future of DMZ has been hanging in the balance.
Ahead of the CoD Next showcase (the worldwide premiere of everything coming in MW3 and Warzone) though, Call of Duty has taken to social media to confirm that DMZ will not be present.
Instead, they have claimed that DMZ will continue getting support for the upcoming year on the existing maps such as Al Mazrah, Vondel, and Building 21.
What this also infers is that the mode will not be continued on the new Warzone map and rather will continue to be sustained exactly how it is, with few new additions. It's implied that DMZ will stay connected to the MW2 title and will not be a feature supported in Modern Warfare 3 and beyond.
What does this mean for the long-term future of DMZ?
Given that the first iteration of DMZ is a Beta, it was always inevitable that the game mode would be a test.
From this year's gameplay, Infinity Ward and the plethora of Call of Duty studios will have studied all the flaws in the game mode and how they can be improved in the future.
It does seem that DMZ will be the Infinity Ward version of Treyarch's Zombies, which they've been searching for since the undead first rose, having tested different Survival opportunities and Special Ops.
In the meantime, it appears that DMZ will continue to plod along until after Treyarch gets their two years of Zombies support in, and then it could return bigger and better than ever before for the next Modern Warfare game in 2026 - a long wait, but worth it if they take advantage of the time.