With the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War right around the corner, the Modern Warfare community is a bit confused about the fate of its highly popular battle royale game mode. Activision has already revealed its plans to merge Warzone with Cold War one month after the game releases on November 13th. This integration means that players will be able to use both their Modern Warfare and Cold War loadouts in the battle royale. In addition, the battle pass feature of Warzone will seamlessly tie into Cold War. Beyond that, not much was shared about the implications of the merge.
On the technical front, Modern Warfare and the new Black Ops both use a different engine, so that led to some confusion about which engine Activision will choose for Warzone. Responding to a thread on ResetEra, Activision’s Art Lead ‘ShutterMunster’ clarified that there “will not be an engine shift for WZ. [Warzone]”.
What this basically means that Warzone’s merge to Cold War is basically a huge content update, and the technical workings of the game will remain practically the same. With the next-generation consoles launching soon and considering that Warzone has cross-play functionality, Activision’s decision to hold off on upgrading the engine of its most popular game mode is probably a wise move.
“Modern Warfare’s Loadouts and Operators will also be selectable in Warzone after the Black Ops Cold War integration,” said Activision’s Rob Kostich. “Players will be able to bring their cosmetic content to Warzone as well from Modern Warfare.”
Compared to its other titles, Activision clearly struck gold with Warzone and doesn’t plan to ditch the game mode any time soon. The developer and publisher plans to “evolve and innovate” the battle royale game mode with each new Call of Duty iteration. More news about the future of Warzone in regards to Black Ops Cold War will be revealed in a “week or two”.