Warzone 2 season 2 release date, new Resurgence map, new weapons and more

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The Warzone Season 2 release date is February 15, and will include a new Resurgence and DMZ Map, Ashika Island, new weapons and more! Information is rapidly coming out about Season 2, meaning at this point we don't have to rely on leaks anymore, with official press releases detailing what to expect. But with it being handed out piecemeal, we've gone through it all and accumulated everything you need to know about Warzone 2 Season 2 below - or at least, everything that's known about it so far.

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Warzone 2 Season 2 release date and time

Warzone 2 season 2 will now go live on February 15. That's a change from the previous Wednesday February 1 date stated by the current Battle Pass countdown for season 1. For now we're assuming the usual 10 am PT / 1 pm ET / 6 pm BST time still stands. 

The delay is due to the developer making "several changes" based on player feedback - promising a return of Resurgence, a new small map for Warzone, ranked play in Modern Warfare 2, along with new maps, modes and "much more", much of which we've detailed below.

Warzone 2 Season 2 updates and new content

There are a lot Warzone 2 Season 2 changes promised currently, as leaks and datamined info. We'll go through it all in more detail below but for now, here's what official word is from the developers. So far that includes 'new content' the return of Resurgence and "a brand new small map for Warzone 2.0". Ranked play is also promised for Modern Warfare 2, as well as new multiplayer maps, modes, weapons and "more". Changes have also been promised for the gulag, looting and loadouts, and it's already been announced that 1v1 Gulag is returning to Warzone 2, which we'll address in further detail below.

Beyond that, the developers announced a series of changes in their most recent blog, ranging from bug fixes and balances to more drastic changes. We'll cover the important stuff below and filter out all the essentials, but feel free to check it yourself for the nitty-gritty.

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A new Warzone 2 Resurgence and DMZ map - Ashika Island - will arrive in Season 2

A new Resurgence Map will be added in Warzone Season 2 - or rather, the Resurgence game mode will make a comeback with a new map to be played in: the Warzone Ashika Island map, set off the coast of Japan. Not only that, but Ashika has also been revealed that it'll pull double duty and serve as a secondary option for the DMZ, so players will apparently be able to choose into which DMZ they want to explore!

It's worth noting that Ashika translates, from what we could tell, to "Sea Lion". We'd love if these waddling beasts became a new killstreak, but sadly that doesn't seem too likely.

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Ashika Island has had a fair amount of info revealed about it, with the map and points of interest revealed. There's Tsuki Castle, an homage to the Shipwreck map, and all manner of environments to explore. 

For those who didn't play it the first time around or just want a refresher, the "Resurgence" game mode in Warzone 1 was a version of battle royale that actually allowed free and immediate respawns, and took place on much smaller maps, causing a higher frequency of combat that felt more like standard multiplayer. However, respawning took a little time, and if all of you died at once, you were officially out of the match.

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Warzone 2 season 2 weapons

It looks like there are two new Warzone 2 season 2 weapons on the way in the shape of a crossbow and potentially a Vepr-12 Shotgun. The crossbow - which appeared in the Modern Warfare 2 campaign as a secret Easter egg weapon - appears to be data mined and verified via another copyright strike. While the shotgun appears to have been outed via some attachments you can find and equip in private matches. A third weapon seems likely but nothing has been identified yet.  

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Warzone 2 season 2 operators

Ronin looks to be returning as a Warzone 2 season 2 Operator, thanks to some more leaked art. The character originally appeared in season 3 of Warzone 1 as an Operator bundle. However, it was removed once the map switched to Caldera as part of the unlock challenges could only be completed in Versdansk. Again, it's another leak seemingly verified due to copyright strikes stripping the evidence from the internet. 

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Warzone 2 Season 2 Battle Royale balances and changes

Warzone 2 Season 2 provides a chance for the developers to make alterations to the formula and experience for fairness and general fun. No mention of weapon balances yet - those are going to be held off until the patch notes, according to the blog - but we do know some major upcoming changes, laid out below. 

  • THE GULAG
    • The Gulag will return to a 1v1 mode, with the Jailer replaced by the domination system from Warzone 1
    • The weapon pool for the Gulag will be expanded to include Assault Rifles, SMGs and LMGs
    • Shotguns have been removed from the weapon pool
    • Victory in the Gulag will provide a larger payout and cash reward
    • The existing Gulag map will be altered to better suit these changes (though it's currently unclear how)
  • CASH, CONTRACTS AND STRONGHOLDS
    • The minimum amount of cash in a found pile has been increased from to $800, or $500 from cash registers
    • Contracts will have a smaller cash payout for successful completion
    • Cash will no longer be found in basic or legendary Supply Boxes
    • Stronghold AI damage will be changed (though not clear whether up or down)
    • Stronghold completion rewards will be changed (again, not clear whether for the better)
  • LOOT, INVENTORY MANAGEMENT AND BUY STATIONS
    • Loot will now drop out of ALL supply boxes and containers to be picked up manually, rather than appearing in a UI window
    • Medium and Large backpacks will no longer be available at all
    • Players who are killed will drop loose loot, rather than a backpack container with a UI window (like the containers mention above)
    • Buy Station spawn locations have been changed and made static
    • Loadout Drop Markers will have unlimited stock at Buy Stations
  • LOADOUTS
    • Customizable perks packages have been added to loadouts for players to obtain
    • Primary weapons will be cheaper to buy from Buy Stations
    • Loadout Drop Markers will also be cheaper to buy from Buy Stations
    • A second Loadout Drop Public Event will occur in each match, meaning players can expect drops on the first and fifth circles
  • ARMOR AND PLATE VESTS
    • Players now start with a 3-plate vest, offering greater initial protection
    • Varying sizes of vest will no longer be available in the loot pool
    • Players can now armor up WHILE sprinting through closed doorways
    • Armoring yourself allows for slightly faster movement than before

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DMZ season 2 balances and changes

The DMZ is getting its own tweaks and modifications, though nothing like as drastic an overhaul as Warzone Battle Royale itself. Here's a summary of what working mercenaries can expect to go up against in Season 2, alongside bug improvements and a stated intention to fix crashes.

  • ENEMY AI
    • Enemy behavior, types and spawn rates have been changed for a more natural difficulty curve in the early game
  • SPAWN POINTS AND POIs
    • Spawn points and locations across the map are being tweaked to ensure that no squad "feels isolated or without loot and contract opportunities"
  • FACTION MISSIONS AND PROGRESS
    • Missions associated with factions are being altered for a less steep difficulty curve and easier barrier to entry.
    • New faction missions will be added
    • Progress in faction missions will be refreshed
  • REFRESHED INVENTORY
    • Season 2 will include complete reset of the player's inventory (Contraband and Keys). This shouldn't include weapons unlocked in your loadout or Insured weapon slots
  • LOCATIONS
    • A "new Exclusion Zone" will be added, with faction missions that send players across new areas

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Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 multiplayer balances and changes

Multiplayer in Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 seems be getting modified less than the Battle Royale, with alterations more focused on fixes and small-scale balances that'll more effect the meta instead of the larger player experience. However, there are some tweaks that are worth mentioning, listed here:

  • RANKED PLAY
    • Ranked play will be added in Season 2, with more details to follow
  • HARDCORE
    • Hardcore mode will return to multiplayer, replacing "tier 1"
  • NEW PLAYLISTS
    • "Valentine's Day playlists" will return
    • Infinity Ward will hold a monthly Twitter Poll for fans to vote on an upcoming playlist for the next week, from a rotating pool

Phew, there's clearly a lot on the way! We expect to see more info coming - aside from the Ashika Island map details said to be coming very soon, the developers have said that the full Season 02 Announcement Blog will be released on February 8, including Patch Notes, to give us an even greater understanding of what's to come.

Leon Hurley
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