Modern Warfare II's 'DMZ' Mode Set To Become Separate Title In 2023
The Call of Duty franchise is making moves with the current addition 'game mode', although Warzone is now much more than a bonus. The arrival of Fortune's Keep has re-inspired players with a colourful and vibrant map, finally correcting many of their Caldera mistakes. Now, with their eyes cast towards the upcoming releases, it appears they have something up their sleeves for a 2023 release after all.
The quintra-fecta of developing giants all pooling into Warzone has seen the battle royale add-on to Modern Warfare 2019 be launched into the stratosphere as a standalone game, and now it appears they fancy taking a few pages out of the playbook to apply to the upcoming "DMZ" Mode.
It was a recipe for success in Warzone to move away from Modern Warfare following its launch, and ahead of its battle royale sequel and Modern Warfare 2, the developers are set to release their Escape from Tarkov-inspired DMZ mode as a standalone game too, according to reports.
Call Of Duty's DMZ Mode To Be Released As 2023 Standalone Title
The DMZ mode in Modern Warfare 2 is reported to be a mixture of Warzone and Escape from Tarkov, which will come to the franchise following the launch of the next multiplayer title.
Unlike what Treyarch did with Black Ops' Fire Team - a failed attempt of using Warzone-esque landscapes to introduce large-scale team play to Call of Duty - the DMZ mode is rumoured to be a slower-paced 'open-world' experience where payers will loot from NPCs while operating on Warzone 2.0 maps. Now, reports suggest the mode will come as a standalone title in 2023, releasing as free-to-play.
Ralph claims that the DMZ mode, dubbed "Project Nexus" will tie into the rest of the franchise with a storyline that carries over from the Modern Warfare 2 campaign.
When Will The Call Of Duty DMZ Mode Be Released?
Activision did promise us that while there will be no new multiplayer experience in 2023, allowing Modern Warfare 2 to reign for two years, there will be some sort of Call of Duty game released in 2023.
As to the time frame of the game, well, that is a straight toss-up as to which comes first, Warzone 2 or DMZ. One will likely launch around March/April while the other will stick to the trend of a November release to get that Christmas income. The more likely scenario will see Warzone 2 come first, following suit of its predecessor which came in March 2020, leaving DMZ to come as a standalone title in November.
An open-world experience will be a first for Call of Duty, although it will likely see an influx of players taking advantage of the free-to-play status.